No matter how hard the Mac app called OptiBuy may try to convince users it’s helpful and handy, it definitely doesn’t live up to its name. While claiming to facilitate and personalize one’s online shopping experience, this obtrusive product wreaks havoc with Safari and other web browsers instead. To top it all off, the adware poses a bunch of privacy risks and annoys people with its ads.
It’s no exaggeration to say that reliable security solutions for Mac are rare. There’s a bevy of junk tools whose behavior is actually reminiscent of malware activity that they are supposed to tackle in the first place. As opposed to these pseudo cleaners, the Freshmac application was tailored to bridge the gap between ostensible and genuine security. It detects and easily removes adware and other types of malicious code, also boosting the performance of a Mac computer it’s running on.
Although the likelihood of catching malware on a Mac is certainly lower than on a Windows PC, it is continuously growing. Infections like Snowbitt prove that exploitation of certain weak links in the once bulletproof macOS environment is far from being fiction. This particular virus affects web browsers, causing them to default to feed.snowbitt.com during routine events, such as loading the homepage or doing a search online.
A mixture of clever email phishing, digital certificate abuse, fake macOS update and tampering with one’s network settings – that’s what the OSX.Dok malware is all about. It is a high-profile Mac infection that allows the attacker to gain unrestricted access to all the sensitive elements of one’s Internet browsing routine. This article describes the sophisticated Mac threat in question and provides apropos security recommendations.
By rolling out the iOS 10.3 update in late March 2017, Apple has addressed a massive outbreak of Safari Mobile scareware, where iOS users would be blocked from using the browser due to a persistent hijack. Victims were confronted with recurrent redirects to police-pay.com, blocked-police.com or similar legit-looking pages that displayed misleading “Cannot Open Page” popups and demanded money to remove the blocking. Learn how the company’s research team was able to outsmart the bad guys.
Regular macOS applications won’t bypass user authorization during the installation process. This hallmark sign, however, does not apply to PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), whose makers certainly realize no one will install their crapware otherwise. Although the utility called SurfBuyer claims to enhance one’s e-shopping experience, it considerably diminishes it instead, displaying a bevy of ads pretty much everywhere the victim goes online.