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A look back at the malware of 2014

Posted on January 2nd, 2015 at 4:34 PM EST

As most Mac users know, Macs don’t get malware. Unfortunately, what most Mac users know on this topic is actually wrong! There actually is Mac malware out there, there’s just a lot less than there is for Windows. Fortunately, in 2014, new malware appearances have dropped since 2013.
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Downlite adware blocked by Apple

Posted on November 21st, 2014 at 7:24 AM EST

Macs infected with the Downlite adware have been prevented from accessing my AdwareMedic site and portions of The Safe Mac for several weeks now. (See Adware blocking AdwareMedic downloads!.) This appears to have been done in an attempt to prevent people from removing this adware from their Macs. Fortunately, this also may have led to Downlite’s demise: it is now identified as malware by Apple!
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Ongoing MacKeeper fraud

Posted on November 2nd, 2014 at 11:04 AM EST

Controversy about MacKeeper has been around almost as long as MacKeeper has existed. It is one of the most aggressively-marketed products in the Mac world, and there are numerous accusations that it isn’t useful or even that it is fraudulent. At the same time, you will find a number of positive reviews out there. How do you know what’s true? In this article, I will make the case that MacKeeper, and the company behind it (ZeoBIT/Kromtech), are not to be trusted.
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Update on Downlite blockage

Posted on October 30th, 2014 at 9:08 AM EDT

The Downlite adware is now blocking links to my previous article on Downlite. If you are infected with Downlite and are having trouble viewing that article, and thus the solutions at the end of the article, see the following document posted on Apple’s site:

https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-7792

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Adware blocking AdwareMedic downloads!

Posted on October 28th, 2014 at 6:24 AM EDT

Last week, I began to receive a series of reports from people that the Download button on the AdwareMedic site wasn’t working. First it was just a trickle, then a flood. For some people, the button was redirecting to the MacKeeper website. For others, it was going to a “not found” error page. I knew that the site itself wasn’t doing that, since I wrote every single piece of code on the AdwareMedic site… so what was going on?
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AdMedic is now AdwareMedic

Posted on September 12th, 2014 at 4:11 PM EDT

Due to an unfortunate naming issue, AdMedic has been renamed, and is now AdwareMedic! You will find it now on AdwareMedic.com.
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Announcing AdMedic!

Posted on September 8th, 2014 at 7:24 AM EDT

Update: AdMedic has been renamed, and is now AdwareMedic. For the current AdwareMedic app, go to www.adwaremedic.com.

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How the movie industry is causing adware problems

Posted on September 6th, 2014 at 3:37 PM EDT

Before you think I’m saying something I’m not, let me clarify: the movie industry is not deliberately infecting people with adware. Nonetheless, it is their policies that are giving power to the scams that hackers use to infect people with adware… and actual malware, for that matter. This may seem like a stretch, but let’s look at a real-world example that illustrates why this is true.
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The unchecked growth of Mac adware

Posted on August 18th, 2014 at 2:40 PM EDT

Adware was unheard of on the Mac just a couple years ago. The first Mac adware appeared in 2012, and it was the only one to appear that year. Since then, adware has seen an exponential rise that promises to bring the Mac down to the same state as Windows, where adware infections are very common. Most people just want to know how to get rid of adware, but the questions we need to be asking are what is causing this sudden growth, and why is it being allowed to grow unchecked?
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MacDeals adware found on file sharing site

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 8:45 AM EDT

A reader brought a new piece of adware to my attention last week, called MacDeals. This adware appears to be fairly simple, consisting of nothing more than Chrome and Firefox extensions. More interesting than the adware (which I have added to my Adware Removal Tool) is the distribution method.
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