Are you wondering how many Mac viruses there are out there? Well, despite all the efforts they exist, but thankfully, they are out in the wild very rarely. You know about many viruses that are targeting Windows but Mac viruses are very rare. Mac`s security measures are very tough and hard to come through, but they are not completely uncrossable. Mac security is far superior to Windows. Below we are going to present you several malware variants that are attacking Mac computers.
Word Macro Viruses
Users of desktop PCs know all about macro viruses. This is a virus that is put inside of a Word, Excel or PowerPoint document, and if the user opens and runs it, all havoc arises automatically. Mac versions of this software had no macro support until 2011. After that, they were re-introduced. In 2017, several macro viruses were found in some word documents. Users of Mac are pretty safe from these viruses because the system will warn them about potentially harmful documents.
In February 2018, users of Mac were warned of a new malware that looked like an installer of Adobe Flash Player. It has been identified as an OSX/Shlayer or Crossrider by two different sources. After the installation is complete, the Crossrider will install a copy of Advanced Mac Cleaner which will tell you something about numerous problems in your system. It is a fake antivirus. Even uninstalling the software will not save your Mac from suffering.
CookieMiner malware is the one that is uses cryptocurrencies. It has been discovered in January 2019. It may steal the personal data, and use it for unlocking cyberwallets through a browser. Plus, it can have an insight into iTunes backup that is containing all the text message, and by trying to connect all pieces of them together and use them for gaining information through which it can access cyberwallets.
Bing redirect is a hijacking software that is going to show Bing page in your browser, and change some information about your current software and its settings. If you want to remove Bing redirect, you can find a solution to your problem on the internet. It is not a hard job to do.
This virus was a part of cracked versions of Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft office docs that could be found on the internet. It will install countless amount of software in a victim`s Mac and consume its resource without any limits.
In 2017, some researches found a MacDownloader software that is trying to disguise itself as an update of Adobe Flash. While the install is in the process, you will be alarmed that you have some malware on your Mac. If you try to resolve the situation you will endanger your personal data like passwords, PINs, usernames, and credit card numbers. However, the threat is not active now because the server of this malware is now offline.
In 2018, researchers found mshelper which is a malware that is targeting the operating system of Mac. By accumulating the unnecessary processes in the system, it will eat the resources of the operating system and increase heating of the machine itself in the process.