How to Uninstall Mac Shield Malware
The Mac Shield Malware is a fake antivirus program designed to infect the Mac operating system, a part of the Mac Guard family, it is widespread online and it infects through spam sites and sites that have been hacked in order to infect your computer once you visit them. The image search engine results such as the ones displayed on Google images are also known to have been infected by this virus, once you click on the images or visit the hacked website, the Mac Shield virus will automatically hijack your browser and redirect you to an ad on a website which will pretend to scan your computer for threats. Once your computer has been “scanned” it will tell you that your computer has been infected by various malwares and will then automatically download a copy of the fake Mac Shield spyware into your computer, it will then ask you to install the software after it has finished the download.
Once installed, the Mac Shield rogue utility will initialize on your next restart, it will then run a fake threat scanner which will give you a report that numerous files on your computer has been infected, the virus however, will not allow you to delete this files unless you will not purchase their product first. After the first scan, the interface of the fake anti-spyware program will be updated to remind you that your computer is at risk and that you should register your software before the virus can be deleted. The Mac Shield malware is also smart enough to add itself on your account’s login items so that it will keep on running as soon as you login to your Mac. This malware also does not have a Dock, and this is why you need to go through the termination process before you can remove it from your computer.
The Mac Shield Manual Removal Steps:
Please take the time to back up your system before you go through the manual removal steps. You need to keep in mind that any errors during the Windows Troubles Solver file deletion will cause serious problem and this is why you need to double check everything first.
Since the Mac Shield virus will stay on top of all other application and will hinder you from looking at all other items on your desktop, you need to close the application first.
Click on your desktop and look for the Finder tab, Select the Go button and then select Utilities from the drop down list.
Once the Utilities folder opens, locate the activity monitor icon and double click on it.
Once the Activity Monitor list shows the list of open programs running on your Mac, you need to select the Mac Shield program and highlight it. Select the Quit Process button and when your computer asks you to confirm the action, you can click on the Force Quit button. Once the Mac Shield malware is no longer running on your computer, you can close the Utilities as well as the Activity Monitor window.
Go back to the Finder tab and select the Go button and then select the Applications Menu. Scroll through the list and locate the Mac Shield program, Right-click on the program and click on the Move to Trash option. If your Mac Operating System asks for your password, authorize the action and finalize the Mac Shield removal.
Click on the Apple Menu on the icon and select System Preferences menu option. Select the Accounts option under the System category and then click on the Login Items button. Search for the Mac Shield program and select to highlight it, click the minus (-) button below to prevent the virus from starting after each LogIn.
Now that the Mac Shield malware will no longer attempt to run, you need to change the Safari browser settings to protect your computer from future attacks. Start the Safari program and click on the Safari Menu Option. Select the preferences option and then proceed to the General settings screen and click on the General Button. Uncheck the box labeled Open “Safe” files after downloading and then you can close the Safari program as well as the preferences screen.
Associated Mac Shield Files:
- … <numerous other media and image files>
The Mac Shield manual removal procedure may require a certain level of technical skill and it may be too complicated for new computer users. The lack of technical skill and the slightest error during the deletion may cause an irreparable system corruption. What’s more, undeleted files and objects that remain hidden may cause the virus to reanimate automatically after incomplete removal. For this reason it’s strongly advised that the automatic removal of the Mac Shield virus, which will save your time and avoid any system corruptions and ensure the desired result be utilized.
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