How do you know if your Mac has a malware infection? Look for such clues as:
- You land on a web page you’ve selected, and advertising banners start to intrude on you aggressively.
- You notice that random web page text suddenly has a hyperlink.
- Browser pop ups get in your face, earnestly recommending fake updates or other fake software.
- You notice other unwanted adware programs, which you did not authorize or which were installed without your knowledge.
- Your Mac crashes, heats up, or runs its fan faster than normal for no apparent reason. It may be working on an intensive task because of a cryptocurrency miner on your system, most likely installed by a Mac Trojan.
If you see any of the above, or other strange behavior, then it’s high time you got yourself some cybersecurity protection. Furthermore, though the general consumer may consider cybersecurity synonymous with the term “antivirus,” the more accurate designation should be “anti-malware,” a catch-all term that describes all malicious software, regardless of type. For example, viruses and Trojans are two specific types of malicious software, both of which are malware. The fact is, viruses are much less of a thing today, largely because there are far easier ways to infect Macs with Trojans, worms, spyware, and ransomware.
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