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How to Remove Mac Defender Malware

The Mac Defender malware is a fake utility that pretends to be a useful application which can help get rid of various malware infections in your Mac computer. This virus will infect your computer once you come into contact with various hacked websites and once you click infected images found in search engines. A scanner will run after your browser is redirected to a fake website, the scanner will then falsely inform you that your computer has been infected by malwares and it will automatically download a trial version of the Mac Defender scam utility in your computer. It will ask you to install the software into your program and if you do choose to install it, it will then cause a lot of problems for you.

After the Mac Defender spyware is installed, it will change the configurations in your computer so that it will activate each and every time you Login to your computer. Once it activates, it will the run a threat scanner and it will then give you a false report telling you that your computer has been infected by malicious files and that you will have to get rid of them right away. Unfortunately, the Mac Defender scam utility will not allow you to get rid of the files unless you will purchase the full Mac Defender program first. The malware is actually trying to trick you at this point, your computer does not have infected files and the scam utility is the one causing all the problems. The Mac Defender 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.

 

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The Mac Defender 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 Mac Defender file deletion will cause serious problem and this is why you need to double check everything first.

Since the Mac Defender 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 Defender 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 Protector 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 Defender 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 Protector program and select to highlight it, click the minus (-) button below to prevent the virus from starting after each LogIn.

Now that the Mac Defender 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 Defender Files:

  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Info.plist
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/MacOS
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/MacOS/MacDefender
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/PkgInfo
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources/About-Back.png
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources/AboutD.nib
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources/AboutMBMI.png
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources/affid.txt
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources/ControlCenterD.nib
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources/Curing_1.png
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources/Curing_2.png
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources/Curing_3.png
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources/Curing_4.png
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources/Curing_5.png
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources/Curing_6.png
  • /Applications/MacDefender.app/Contents/Resources/Curing_7.png
  • … <numerous other image and media files>

The Mac Defender 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 removal of the Mac Defender virus, which will save your time and avoid any system corruptions and ensure the desired result be utilized.

If you need assistance removing Mac Defender Malware or have other PC, Server or Laptop problems call us at 800-643-2638 or email us at Support@ExpertSupportNow.com. We can speed up your system and fix most problems remotely through the internet while you watch!

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