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What is AKAuthorizationRemoteView and akd process on Mac?

Oct 14, 2023 - 1 Comment
The Mac Finder icon

Some Mac users may discover a process called AKAuthorization, AKAuthorizationRemoteView, “AKAuthorizationRemoteViewService”, and/or akd, running on macOS. Sometimes these process may be taking up inordinate amounts of CPU, which can add to the confusion, or concern. And, it’s not unusual for Mac users to find the “AKAuthorization remote view” name to sound a little suspicious, which … Read More

How to Uninstall Malwarebytes on Mac

Aug 9, 2019 - 9 Comments
How to uninstall Malwarebytes from Mac

At some point in time you may have installed the popular Malwarebytes tool on a Mac to scan for malware, spyware, ransomware, junkware, and other garbage threats on a Mac, but at some point you may decide you want to uninstall Malwarebytes from the Mac and remove the utility from a computer. Whether you’re using … Read More

How to Install Malwarebytes on Mac to Scan for Malware & Adware

Aug 5, 2019 - 15 Comments
How to install Malwarebytes and scan and clean Mac malware adware virus etc

Malwarebytes for Mac is a popular and respected anti-malware tool for Mac that can help to clear a Mac of malware, ransomware, and viruses. While users can follow some simple tips to protect a Mac from viruses and trojans, and MacOS is fairly secure as-is from malware, junk ware, and adware, many Mac users often … Read More

Top Mac Malware & Threats: Watch a MacAdmins Presentation on MacOS Threat Landscape [Video]

Jul 27, 2018 - 11 Comments
Mac malware presentation from Thomas Reed

Are you interested in seeing a non-alarmist, data-driven, and realistic assessment of the existing malware threat environment for the Mac platform? If so, you’ll want to watch this hour long presentation from Thomas Reed of Malwarebytes. Recorded at the 2018 MacAdmins conference at Penn State University, Mr Reed uses hard data found from the Malwarebytes … Read More

How to Check XProtect Version in Mac OS

May 1, 2017 - 16 Comments
Check XProtect Version on Mac

Need to know what version of Gatekeeper and Xprotect are installed on a Mac? You can find this information through the command line of Mac OS. GateKeeper, MRT (Malware Removal Tool), and XProtect are all built-in features of Mac OS designed to prevent malware threats and other nefarious software from being installed or used on … Read More

Detect & Remove Adware from Mac OS X Easily with AdwareMedic

Jan 29, 2015 - 30 Comments

Adware is generally something most Mac users won’t have to worry about, but that doesn’t mean that OS X is entirely immune to the potential nuisance, and nobody likes it when their browser has been hijacked by that type of junk. If you’re at all concerned about adware impacting your Mac and web browsing, you … Read More

Advanced Guide to Understanding Mac OS X Malware

Jun 25, 2014 - 13 Comments

Note: This is an advanced topic aimed at expert Mac users. Macs are generally thought of as secure, certainly at least compared to the alternative world of Windows. But the reality is that while Macs are generally more secure than Windows, there is still legitimate potential for malware getting through to Mac OS X, despite … Read More

Flashback Trojan Removal Tool Released by Apple

Apr 14, 2012 - Leave a Comment
Flashback removal tool

Apple has released a standalone removal tool that targets Flashback malware infections. The separate utility is recommended for Mac users who do not have Java installed on their OS X Lion machine, but it’s functionality is identical to that performed by the most recent Java update to remove Flashback. If your Mac does not have … Read More

Remove Flashback Trojan from Mac OS X with New Software Update from Apple

Apr 12, 2012 - 11 Comments
Flashback Malware Removal

Apple has released a new Java security update that automatically removes the most frequently occurring variations of the Flashback trojan malware. The software update is recommended for all Mac users to install, even if they have previously checked their systems for infection. To get the update and remove any malware that is potentially on a … Read More

Detect FlashBack Malware in Mac OS X the Easy Way

Apr 9, 2012 - 18 Comments
Easy Flashback virus malware detection

Update: Apple has released an official update that removes Flashback with a Software Update. Download the latest Java updates from the OS X Software Update panel to automatically remove Flashback trojan malware. A new application has been released which makes checking a Mac for the Flashback malware infection as simple as clicking a button. This … Read More

How to Check if your Mac Malware Definitions List is Updated

Jun 2, 2011 - 10 Comments
Check if your Macs Malware Definition List is Updated

The malware protecting Mac OS X Security Update will automatically download and update it’s malware definitions list from Apple, but if you’re like me you probably want to know how to manually check if the malware list is updated or not. We’ll show you where the malware list is located on Mac, and how to … Read More

Disable Automatic Downloading of Malware Definitions List in Mac OS X

Jun 1, 2011 - 3 Comments

A recent anti-malware Mac OS X security update was released that defaults to automatically downloading and maintaining an active definitions list of known Mac OS X malware threats. This list comes from Apple and is likely a very small file that is transmitted to your Mac, imposing minimal bandwidth usage. For 99.99% of users, you … Read More

Mac OS X Security Update Removes MacDefender Malware & Maintains Anti-Malware Definitions List

May 31, 2011 - 4 Comments
Mac OS X Malware Removal Tool

Apple has released a Mac OS X software update labeled “Security Update 2011-003” for Mac OS X 10.6.7 that includes a native malware removal tool. The focus of the update is on the MacDefender malware scam and its variants, now referred to as “OSX.MacDefender.A”. Once the update is installed your Mac will be scanned for … Read More

Mac OS X 10.6.8 to Remove MacDefender Malware and Ready Macs for Lion Upgrade

May 29, 2011 - 5 Comments
Mac OS X 10.6.8 Developer Notes

The release of Mac OS X 10.6.8 looks to be right around the corner with another developer build being issued for beta testing. Incremental OS updates are generally just bug fixes, but the developer notes of this build show there’s more to this one than usual, indicating that 10.6.8 will include the MacDefender Removal tool … Read More

Mac OS X to get Anti-Malware Update Soon to Address MacDefender Scam

May 24, 2011 - 3 Comments
Mac OS X update to address MacDefender Malware

Apple is going to release an anti-malware software update “in the coming days” according to a newly released Apple Knowledge Base article. The update will address the MacDefender phishing malware that we showed you how to get rid of recently. The update will address all existing versions of MacDefender, which also has several variants called … Read More

“MACDefender” Malware Targets Mac OS X Users – Here’s How to Protect Against and Remove It

May 2, 2011 - 7 Comments
MACDefender Mac Malware

A new malware threat has been identified for Mac users, the app is called MACDefender and it disguises itself as antivirus software for Mac OS X. The malware attempts to install itself through hijacked websites, and the threat level is considered low, nonetheless all Mac users should be aware of the potential threat and take … Read More

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