Online tech support scams are on the rise for a reason. They are so prolific and effective because their essence is twofold. One facet involves a piece of malware that hijacks a browser, and the other revolves around exploiting human credulity and desire to keep a computer safe. The large-scale Zeus virus Mac scam wave, which has migrated from Windows environment, is quickly gaining momentum as an instrument to defraud Mac users of their money.
There are so many impostors in the digital world. Some unscrupulous vendors cash in on Mac users’ natural desire to keep their machines running safe and smooth. The application called Malware Crusher deliberately raises red flags on low-impact performance issues, cache files or even inexistent malware in order to dupe people into registering its full version. This rogue program is also double trouble as it typically installs itself on Macs without user consent.
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.
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.
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.