(Pocket-lint) – Malware, short for malicious software, is currently one of the biggest threats to online safety. It’s a file or code that transfers to your computer via a network and then infects your system to extract valuable information, make your system collapse, or conduct other malicious activities. Malware can come in numerous forms, so you should arm your system with powerful antivirus software to handle these threats.
If your Mac is riddled with malware, you may notice changes in your computer’s behaviour, your device may run slower than usual, or you may suddenly lack storage space. Other signs of malware in your system include your browser looking or functioning differently and inappropriate content or ads popping up in your computer or browser. If you notice these problems, you need to remove malware from your Mac.
Below, we provide tips and strategies to expel malware from your Apple products.
Disengage your internet connection
In most cases, malware can infect your computer via the internet. The moment you notice signs of malware, you should disconnect your internet to prevent more data from being sent to the malware server. Please stay offline until the malware has been removed. However, before disconnecting from the internet, you should download reliable malware removal software, such as Malwarebytes, which offers real-time protection from viruses, malware, and phishing attacks.
Enter safe mode in your computer
Safe mode is a feature that allows your computer to check all system programs and software, allowing only the minimum required software to load. Entering safe mode may prevent the malware from loading. You should press the restart button on Mac and then press and hold the Shift key. When the Apple logo and login windows appear, release the Shift key. You will now enter safe mode, and the unwanted malware might not load.
Delete the potentially malicious software
If you believe you may have installed or downloaded malicious software, you can…