For years, Apple advertised its Macs as a much safer alternative to Windows. The fact is that due to Apple’s closed, tightly controlled ecosystem, virus propagation is much more difficult. But it is not impossible.
Apple recently admitted that it has “unacceptably many” viruses for its Macs. This is not a surprise, as the company’s devices are expensive and are usually purchased by a specific type of customer. Many of them are not only with more income but also handle important company data.
This makes them an attractive target for hackers who tend to deal with the more difficult macOS environment. There are several indicators that suggest the presence of a problem and a virus in a Mac computer.
They are quite simple. The first is if the computer just doesn’t work well and is slower. It is hampered even by small tasks and heats up more easily. The second indicator is a problem with the browser – if its home page is changed suddenly or if new toolbars appear in the browser.
The third indicator is the pop-up of ad windows almost constantly. And if the system refuses or cannot open files and system menus with settings, then this is one of the surest signs of a serious problem.
MacOS has several security systems, most of which work automatically. However, there are several antivirus programs that can be added optionally.
The user can also manually check the Applications folder for folders with application names that he has not installed. You can delete them. The same can be done in the Downloads folder – first, copy the important files from there and delete the rest. In case of more serious or persistent problems, it is recommended to seek assistance from an authorized service center of the maintenance company.