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Remove EvilQuest Mac ransomware and restore encrypted files

Remove EvilQuest Mac ransomware and restore encrypted files

Ransomware is far less common in the macOS environment than threats like adware and scareware, and yet such detrimental cybercriminal campaigns are exploding once in a while. EvilQuest, the latest Mac ransomware spreading through contagious pirated apps, stands out from the rest. In addition to encrypting a victim’s files, it pilfers some of them. What’s worse, the attackers appear to provide no viable way of decrypting the data even if the ransom is paid.

David Balaban
David Balaban
Fix kernel_task Mac CPU usage issue on MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro

Fix kernel_task Mac CPU usage issue on MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro

Macs are made inherently flexible when it comes to performance, and there is usually no need to opt for anything third-party – ideally, the operating system copes with the task autonomously. If there are processes that siphon off too much memory, macOS identifies the hogs and triggers kernel_task process that performs the intelligent balancing. But what if this routine goes wrong and said entity is constantly eating up the CPU? Read more to find out.

John Dee
John Dee
Safari 14 will introduce Face ID and Touch ID for the web

Safari 14 will introduce Face ID and Touch ID for the web

Apple is bridging the gap between its proprietary biometric authentication features and websites for a seamless sign-in experience not relying on passwords. Those using an iPhone, an iPad, or a MacBook with the Touch Bar onboard should be familiar with the Face ID and Touch ID features. They enable biometric authentication to log into applications so instead of the traditional username and password combo. Apple is planning to extend the use cases of these mechanisms far beyond apps and services.

David Balaban
David Balaban
Remove LinkBranch (Link Branch 1.0) virus from Mac

Remove LinkBranch (Link Branch 1.0) virus from Mac

Mac owners are generally on the safe side when it comes to avoiding severe threats such as ransomware, but Apple computers are being heavily targeted by adware. These apps are trivial in terms of the damage being caused, but the nuisance facet of their impact is tremendous. LinkBranch is an example of relatively low-risk malware that diminishes its victims’ online experience by showing ads and rerouting the browser to unwanted sites.

David Balaban
David Balaban
Malware authors use a new trick to circumvent macOS Catalina defenses

Malware authors use a new trick to circumvent macOS Catalina defenses

Security researchers discovered an unusual malware campaign targeting Mac computers that gets around the security mechanisms built into macOS Catalina. The devious scheme recently added to Mac malware makers’ genre allows harmful code to bypass Apple’s app notarization process. This security routine has been a part of the Gatekeeper feature since the October 2019 release of macOS Catalina 10.15. It raised the entry bar for suspicious software by displaying a popup alert whenever a user tries to execute an unverified program.

David Balaban
David Balaban
How to uninstall Global Protect VPN from Mac

How to uninstall Global Protect VPN from Mac

Whereas using a VPN used to be an exotic prerogative of privacy addicts, it has turned into a normal habit that keeps all things Internet secured from undesirable tampering. It comes as no surprise that the Global Protect VPN app for Mac is gaining traction, especially in business circles. However, this tool is known to have been exposed to several exploitation scenarios in the not-so-distant past, so some users may want to get rid of it.

David Balaban
David Balaban