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Adware remains the largest blot in the Mac threat landscape

In early 2020, analysts at Malwarebytes reported a dramatic spike in the distribution of Mac threats. The security firm’s solutions had detected a fourfold year-over-year increase in malicious apps tailor-made to run on macOS machines. Back then, these unsetting statistics eclipsed the state of things in the Windows threat ecosystem, but there was an important nuance worth emphasizing.

David Balaban
David Balaban

Remove Bing redirect Mac virus from Safari, Firefox, Chrome [January 2021]

There are numerous facets and shades of Mac adware. Some of these junk apps fully live up to their categorization, displaying ads on most web pages the victim visits. Others use a different tactic that involves an unauthorized overhaul of one’s browser settings to reroute the traffic. The Bing redirect virus targeting Mac, as the name suggests, falls under the latter cluster.

David Balaban
David Balaban

How to remove SearchBaron.com virus from Mac

Any web browser is intended to be an ultimately user-friendly tool where the whole customization and features are at one’s fingertips. Ideally, things are just as smooth as that and don’t deviate from the norm unless a piece of malware interferes with a victim’s web experience. Such a disruption occurs when the Search Baron virus infects a Mac and iteratively redirects the browser to bing.com without asking for the admin’s consent.

David Balaban
David Balaban

Remove Search Marquis virus from Mac

The “nobleman” theme continues to be the trend in the cybercrime ecosystem that exploits Mac computers via a massive web traffic redistribution scheme. The Search Baron browser hijacker, which splashed onto the scene in July 2019, has been superseded by Search Marquis culprit. Both act in a similar fashion, forwarding the victims to Bing in the long run. Here’s a full security report on this brand new infection.

David Balaban
David Balaban

macOS 11.2 will stop Apple’s apps from circumventing third-party firewalls and VPNs

David Balaban
David Balaban

Mac cryptominer uses offbeat anti-analysis tricks to stay undetected

Analysts at cybersecurity firm SentinelOne have recently shed light on a long-running macOS cryptomining malware strain codenamed OSAMiner. These would have been garden-variety findings if it weren’t for the fact that the infection has been playing a hide-and-seek game with researchers since around 2015. Its uniqueness stems from the use of what’s called run-only AppleScript files to download and execute the dodgy components.

David Balaban
David Balaban