Checking For and Removing Adware From Your Mac

While each piece of unwanted software that tries to get on your Mac is slightly different, there are some general steps you can take to check for and remove malware. The LaunchAgents and LaunchDaemons folders are usual locations to check. You should also look for unwanted browser extensions and do an audit of the files in your Applications folder.

Comments: 4 Responses to “Checking For and Removing Adware From Your Mac”

    FoolishCop
    12 months ago

    Thanks for this video! The very first thing I checked was my LaunchAgents folder and found a number of items from something called Tolitek, which a quick search told me was malware. It’s since been deleted. Thanks again!

    Lars Kjeldsen
    11 months ago

    Extremely useful video. Learned a lot of malware and where on my Mac it is hidden. Fx I finally got rid of this annoying malware in the upstart: com.macpaw.CleanMyMac3.Agent.plist. It has been haunting my computer in the upstart for ages.

    Shirley
    11 months ago

    Do you mean that if you find something that you don’t recognize or used in the past but no longer do for example “atomic bird.macaroni.launchd.plst”, that you can drag those items to the trash?

    11 months ago

    Shirley: I wouldn’t drag anything to the trash unless you know what it is. So in your example, if you knew what “atomic bird.macaroni” was referring too, like maybe a piece of software you installed but no longer use, then trash it. But if you don’t recognize it, I would search the web for it and figure it out.

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