Nowadays, people are worried about the security of their device because malware and virus are increasing day by day. There are a variety of ways through which your device can be infected with malware. However, many times it comes from malicious websites or just a site that tries to install malware onto your device.
Malicious websites affect you're a device in a couple of ways and they often need some action of your part by just prompting you to install software that your computer appears to require or by asking for permission to install on the program.
If in case, you have doubt that your Mac operating system has been infected then follow these tips to learn how to safeguard a malware-infected Mac OS:
Disconnect from the internet:
Disconnecting from the internet helps to prevent any more of your data by sending a malware server or the malware from extracting further. It is essential to remain offline as possible if your device has been infected. If you have to download a removal tool then disconnect when the download is completed and do not connect to the internet until you are sure that the malware has been removed.
Do not log into accounts during malware removal:
Be careful not to represent a password though a copy-paste function or by just clicking a show password box if you have doubt that your computer has been infected. Well, keylogger viruses are a general component of malware that runs invisibly and are specifically developed to capture your keystrokes. To keep your personal identification information safe and secure from being vulnerable, refrain from logging into the sensitive accounts when your device is infected.
Enter Safe Mode:
Safe Mode basically referred to as safe boot and is the best way to boot your computer so that it conducts checks and allows only the less needed software and programs to load. If malware is set to automatic loading then it will prevent the malware from infecting and doing so and make it easy to remove.
For safe mode:
- Restart your Mac and then quickly press and hold the Shift Key. Then, the Apple logo will prompt on your display
- Now, release the Shift key when you see the login Window
If you think that your Mac OS was infected while opening any particular app or file then obviously you must delete that file permanently by putting it into the Trash and then clean/empty the Trash. If you have paid for whatever appeared to be genuine antivirus app then contact your credit card bank or company quickly and describe the situation. It is less about getting a refund, while that may be possible. It is more about confirming that your credit card details are not used anywhere else.
Use Avast Antivirus:
If you are not able to restore from a backup then open the Mac App Store and then download the Avast Virus Scanner. When it is downloaded and installed then, open the app and click on the Update Definitions option. Once it gets completed then, clicks on the Deep Scan option. After doing it, follow the on-screen prompt to allow the app full access to the hard disk of your Mac operating system.
Again, assuming that you have not been able to recover from a backup and have had to scan your Mac using Avast, you should also clear the cache of your browser. If you are using Safari then,
- Click on Safari > Clear History and after that select All History from the drop-down list
- Then, click on the Clear History option
- Click on Chrome > Clear Browsing Data and then in the Time Range dropdown box, select All Time.
- After that, click on Clear Data
Well, these are few outstanding methods through which you can easily safeguard your Mac Operating System if it has been infected with malware. It is advisable to follow all these steps very carefully. Also, keep your system always up-to-date to prevent malware attacks.