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Do Macs Get Viruses?

December 23, 2019

Hi everyone. One of the common questions I
get a lot from my clients is they want to know if there is anything they need to do
to protect their Mac from viruses. And before I show you the once piece of software that
I do recommend you have I just want to clarify something. In any of our videos when I say
go to the video description for the link.. I say that for a reason. See a lot of malicious
software gets installed because the user thought they were downloading something else. So please…
when I provide you a link to a website or a product, please know that that is part of
the reason why. So here is the deal with Macs and viruses.
Is it possible to get a virus? Technically, yes. I have worked with thousands of people
over the years and have come across a total of 3. Two of those were in the same week. What is much more common on Apple computers
is something called adware or malware. Basically, adware is just a pain in the butt. It doesnt
harm your data, but it can cause pop ups, websites to redirect, etc. Its basically the
crabs of technology. Easily treatable, but still a pain. The good news is your digital version of Rid
(note to self: come up with better metaphors) is free. To combat the little buggers of the
internet you need Malwarebytes for Mac (link in the description of the video). Here is how it works. Once you go to this
link click download. that will bring the file into your downloads folder (the name of the
file by the way is MBAM). You are then going to drag this icon from here… to here. Pretty
simple. Now you can find it in your Applications folder. Now that you have it: once a month
or as needed if you notice anything weird going on (again like pop ups, you get redirected
to different websites, etc.) just open this application, click scan, and let it do its
thing. Now, if it does find anything it will automatically trash the files and you will
need to empty your trash and then reboot your computer. IF after that you notice there are
still files in your trash… empty it again. There is one more thing I want to make sure
you know what to do before we go. If malwarebytes should ever find something and remove it,
there is a type of adware that will require one more step on your part and that is resetting
your web browsers homepage and available search engines. For directions on how to tackle that,
I will include step by step directions in the description of this video for Google Chrome,
Safari, and Firefox. Thank you for watching everyone if you havent
done so already be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking that big red button.
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for more information. This is David A. Cox. Class dismissed.


  • Reply divolino May 1, 2017 at 11:25 am

    You are a God send. Thx David.

  • Reply Acurry17 May 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Malwarebytes is a virus itself lol

  • Reply Dexter Chenault May 11, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Lol I got a message says no I had a virus so I download some antivirus stuff from kaspersky for like $75 just to learn that I don't have a virius and it was a scam lmao well at least I have antivirus software for a year lol

  • Reply khaled barakat May 26, 2017 at 7:38 am

    never download susspecious software and your Mac is safe, I think

  • Reply Dan20rt 20 June 4, 2017 at 3:58 am

    My MacBook Pro might have viruses because it the apps disappearedand I tried to restart it and it when in to a black screen I don't know what to do

  • Reply compactc9 June 15, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I've had to help my boss out on his and his daughter's MacBook Pros, they got malware. It was the fake Flash player thing, but they downloaded and installed it, and entered the Administrator password for it to run, this didn't just suddenly pop up.

  • Reply windingpath June 15, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Anything that's programmable can get a virus. Mac is certainly no exception.

  • Reply Falcon Loved June 21, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Welp deleting Adware and mac keeper

  • Reply David David June 24, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I think you're an ugly clown!!!

  • Reply SmartTech June 27, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Good Video! I want to have this wallpaper ?

  • Reply saturnine June 28, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    This is what happened to my Mac. MacKeeper popped up the first three days of having my iMac. When it said "2 security and 356 problems" I freaked out and just wanted to get everything fixed. But I don't even have a card haha. But after that, the what a week of having my iMac I kept getting pop ups "YOUR FILES BLAH BLAH BLAH" I ignored it and thinking it was just that MacKeeper. But the next morning I went on to my iMac (today June 28) there WAS ACTUALLY someone controlling my iMac. They kept clicking edit and then kept clicking on files and I kept x Ing them out. But then me being a huge dumbo called the police and then they got involved and a huge problem happened that I'd not like to talk about. I thought they were gonna give me instructions or some stuff but all they did is come over. I even got that computer on my birthday June 18. I'm still so pissed, I don't even know if that MacKeeper stuff was real and was actually trying to warn me. Anyway.. That's it for now.. -June 28 2017

  • Reply AlphaMax July 6, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I've had a mac for several years now and don't even get viruses only cause I am not some mad man who randomly installs things. As long as you are smart and not a dumbass then you should be fine. I don't even need any stupid anti virus software.

  • Reply karl nordin July 16, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    can you get virus from pornhub

  • Reply Hanf. July 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Thank youuuuu God bless you.

  • Reply one thousand subs for a video please July 22, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I don't have a mac why am I here

  • Reply NorwegianKicks July 25, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Is there an antivirus/antimalware program that scans for windows viruses/malware on macs? I don't want my windows pc to get affected when I move files over with a thumbdrive or external harddisk.

  • Reply Edwardg2 August 3, 2017 at 3:16 am

    mac has viruses yes as much as windows no

  • Reply Ambrea August 8, 2017 at 2:08 pm


  • Reply pootis August 9, 2017 at 3:08 am

    One piece of software…

    W I N D O W S

  • Reply Mystical Pie August 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Yes. They Do.

  • Reply Saswat S Nayak August 20, 2017 at 7:24 am

    atleast you dont get those bitchass browser hijackers like it does on my pc

  • Reply Thomas Nguyen August 22, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Lol you desver so much stuff thank you!

  • Reply Marcy Magdy August 23, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Someone please do me a honor and tell me the truth, does the program work? I just want to make sure

  • Reply Edwardg2 September 3, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    im a mac user macs need anti virus but they have less viruses then windows and less dangrous malware yes there is mac ransomware just less then windows
    overall i like apple more then microsoft but i like both

  • Reply Dad September 10, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Do I have a virus on my mac if I'm stuck on a screen and it has that rainbow buffering thing and I can't do anything on it.

  • Reply iqraa irfan October 4, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    thank u so much sir u helped me a lot god bless u

  • Reply Pretty ashley Rosenbaugh October 12, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    David I got a virus called time search on my I Mac

  • Reply Barely Enormous October 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Sorry if this is a necropost but you are spot on David. I've been teching macs for corporations for close to two decades and there is far more misleading mac videos than there are intelligent ones IMHO. I was glad to stumble on this and say "Finally someone knows what the ** they are talking about!"

  • Reply hevex October 31, 2017 at 6:40 am

    CheatEngine (a game hacking software) is a virus for Mac, but works fine on Windows.

  • Reply Max van der Voorn November 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm


  • Reply Mauro Tessarolo Junior November 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Thank You!!!

  • Reply Эрика Колесникова November 17, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Type in google: "Antivirusxxx License". You can find FREE license keys for Norton antivirus companies and it is working 100%.

  • Reply Dulluog Louiz November 21, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I got a quick question how can u tell if it's a virus or not like how can u tell if it's real or not

  • Reply Dr. Sharon McPherson November 22, 2017 at 6:41 am

    interesting points ,if anyone else needs to find out about best app for cleaning up mac try Elumpa Speedy Mac Alchemist (should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard some super things about it and my mate got cool results with it.

  • Reply CycleCruza December 14, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    I've never had a virus since I first owned an apple going back to 2009 and I never bought virus software. However, EVERY PC i've had ended up with a virus. Most viruses are designed for PC's since PC's are the largest population.

  • Reply BD Litty_ej December 18, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Somone plz help me I looked up pain Olympics bme 3 and it gave. E a virus on my moms computer and it says it's going to take her account and credit card someone plz help it's almost Christmas and I really want presents

  • Reply Ruth Salazar December 25, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    I have a question. Can I trust Malwarebytes? is it safe in my MacBook Air ?

  • Reply Nerd Tech January 3, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    i dont and will never use shit like AVs and FWs!!! its unix based. no chance to fuck up my OS like the windshiet from Redshiet lorkfz

  • Reply BadBull Gaming January 4, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Does it get rid of all virus’s or just that one

  • Reply Aryan silva January 5, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    my pc is a gaming pc with anti virus called F-SECURE SAFE and then i scan by pc 1 one time a week to check if there is viruses

  • Reply Tyler Gross January 13, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Seriously, agreed. Mac Keeper is the worst. I used to get rid of it 100%.

  • Reply MadyBeans January 15, 2018 at 6:39 pm


  • Reply John January 25, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Thank you so much

  • Reply WOLF BLADE February 8, 2018 at 6:40 am

    then dont download things then this wont happen

  • Reply Z msp February 21, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    I was meant to download final cut pro and then it installed mackeeper instead. and now I deleted mackeeper my safari keeps taking me to a search site. idk what it is. uguguguguh

  • Reply 1SIX DEV February 23, 2018 at 5:07 am

    this shit made my computer slower fuck you bitch

  • Reply Cristhian March 8, 2018 at 5:10 am

    Hey I have a question I have a Mac OS and it's great but the thing is it doesn't get software updates so if you could tell me how I could gix that I will be greatful btw nice video

  • Reply Alltimegamer March 11, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Can you help me with my desktop my Mac says desktop does not exist

  • Reply Lina Pliukstaite March 14, 2018 at 3:50 pm


  • Reply DynamoBro March 20, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Is applesc good becuz its a maleware do i have a virus now what does it do i need help

  • Reply Laura J Anderson March 20, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I clicked your link. Looks like it's no longer free. Bummer, I'm two years too late. Thanks for all the great info. Laura

  • Reply Woogull March 25, 2018 at 1:43 am

    'Malware' is a general term for all malicious software, including ransomware and trojans.

  • Reply J D April 23, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks David. Excellent vidoes as always. As a newbie I clicked on your link but this goes to Malwarebytes premium and charges around $40 a year – so an ongoing license. Seems steep though would be happy with a one off cost. Is this what you had in mind or is there a non premium version?

  • Reply maninthecab April 26, 2018 at 3:11 am

    I'm trying to follow your advice and download via your link , rather than risk getting a lookalike but the link takes to a site that headlines "Best for Windows " and will not let me select "for Mac " , any help would be appreciated .

  • Reply Taylor Foerster May 14, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Is the link updated?

  • Reply Hero Allan Andal May 19, 2018 at 9:10 am

    not free anymore
    any other free same software you can recommend?

  • Reply April Perkinson May 27, 2018 at 2:40 am

    I'm going to try this. I'm desperate… and cant' get clear info from MAC. UGH.

  • Reply William Davis June 1, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Hi David I am IT HELP desk support specialist student and was helping a friend who got virus on his Macbook pro which I myself have a Macbook pro. I tried uninstalling google chrome. I tried using virus and adware program but hasn't taken it off still get this annoying pop ups. I know this is common on Windows computers but uncommon on Macbook pro or iMac so how hard it is removed once it is there? One of the reasons I went from Windows computer to a Mac was because of how faster Mac's are also less likely to get a virus. Also able to do Windows on my MacBook pro which I do alot of VMware for my classes.

  • Reply Jonathan Maillefaud June 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    On how to delete Mac Keeper on your mac, you should visit Macworld (it's an internet website) and look up Mac Keeper. This will guide you through the steps of uninstalling the virus. ⚠️uninstalling it is not enough ⚠️ read the website carefully since there may be some crumbs remaining.

  • Reply Meshall Alrahily June 7, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you !!

  • Reply SwågTøåstßøi 64yt June 19, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    I thought you said no to “link in the description” and you put a link lol

  • Reply Mossy Sparks June 21, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Eww living wallpaper… If that's anything like the CPU hog Live Paper(same icon), ew. Just a CPU hog.

  • Reply Einstein Parrot June 26, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I hadn't used Malwarebytes in a while and was prompted to upgrade to the 3.1.1 version. (I have 1.3.1) The new version has a 30 day free trial, then it is $39.99 a year. Should I upgrade? Or is version 1.3.1 adequate?)

  • Reply Einstein Parrot June 26, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Are you familiar with Avast? Does it provide any additional protection?

  • Reply DMZ67Y2Y2 June 30, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    James A is right. Some time ago I watched one of Cox's videos regarding malware, etc. and the biggest pain was MACKEEPER. Bought it like 5 years ago and installed it on my other 2007 Mac. When I replaced items from the external Time Machine backup, Mackeeper went along for the ride. Recently after constant REMINDER YOUR CURRENT SOFTWARE IS OUT OF DATE. BLAH, BLAH. Instead of getting Malwarebytes or Bitdefender I just dragged the Keeper and its ally Advanced and put them in the trash. PAY ATTENTION ALL—-> I get this box, why are you dropping etc. Mackeeper told me I needed to, PAY ATTENTION, enter my Mac password to Uninstall. No way. Careful. Thanks David, keep Zapping them dude.

  • Reply Papa Robotnik July 4, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Stay on those Mac updates.

  • Reply LycanicOreo July 16, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    When you get a virus, get a virus scan, and turn off ur wifi

  • Reply Inbar Almon July 27, 2018 at 7:28 am

    this software is not free anymore other software you can recommend?

  • Reply Asya Karapetyan August 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Mac does get viruses.
    For example, there are many viruses that accompany an offer to upgrade Adobe Flash Player on a fake website. If you download the file by link and proceed to unpack it, there is a big chance that you will install malware, which can send the hackers your data. Here is a short list of most dangerous viruses macOS has faced last time:
    Trojan OSX.Dok
    Mac Safari Virus
    Megabackup Virus
    OSX/MaMi Virus
    Resource –

  • Reply zabriel velazquez August 6, 2018 at 4:41 am

    I bought a Macbook in 2007 ,before that i had previously owned 3 different Windows operated computers, 95 , ME and XP. i used my macbook in the same casual than my previous computers and never up until the last time i used it on November 2014 did i encounter any type of viruses , 7 years folks….

  • Reply MD Hossain August 17, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Wait so you said something about monthly when you were talking about MalwareBytes, is it free or is it monthly pay?

  • Reply Trinity August 21, 2018 at 4:46 am

    I keep getting messages on my screen saying I have infected websites?

  • Reply TeenyTinyTeen September 1, 2018 at 1:49 am

    Mac Keeper also sometimes has it so they have real people message you, so i once had mac keeper i saw that and just deleted it right on the spot

  • Reply maggiip September 4, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Hi David, I just went to download the malware that you are suggesting in this video, but now there is a yearly charge. Is there another malware that you are now recommending that is free? I thought you had said that this one was free, but that was a while ago when you did this. Thanks, Maggii

  • Reply Swanihilator September 5, 2018 at 7:10 am

    A robotic voice just said my mac has been infected with a virus and is now sending my credit card details to hackers, but I don't have a credit card, because I'm a kid. And sometimes my mac lies that my mac has gotten infected by a virus, but I'm still kinda scared, lol

  • Reply Conor McBeast November 23, 2018 at 4:05 am

    I don't man, free sounds good to be true , I mean there are free good antivirus/malware and bad ones. People like free, but I have an expensive computer and I want the best security to combat all. Next thing you know I need a antivirus/malware to counter my free antivirus/malware lol overall , you pay what you get for right. So I want a true TRUE protection software for my Mac regardless if it cost.

  • Reply Toy Barreiros January 1, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Safari prevents that from happening.

  • Reply Oleg Khalidov January 28, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    What kind of software is that, it finds viruses and puts them into the trash. Moreover, the viruses can escape wiping.

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  • Reply ram prasad February 18, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Its obvious today that your device are being affected by threats and mac is no exception for it. Hence its always best to have antivirus software as it helps them to be safe from threats.
    Read More:

  • Reply unfinished_sentenc March 1, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Can someone please tell me if I can get malware on my computer. I clicked on an article and it said that it was a virus and that i had to install mackeeper to get rid of it so i did install it, but when i opened mackeeper it said that it costs money and luckily I was too cheap for that i have now uninstalled mackeeper, but is there any chance that I will get malware or adware?

  • Reply Ellie Joanna March 6, 2019 at 4:58 am

    C R A B S ?

  • Reply Molly March 18, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    They get viruses more than Windows. (well more adware than viruses)

  • Reply Chr1stown May 2, 2019 at 10:18 pm


  • Reply Isabel Malone May 27, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    i have a mac, and i got a viruses once.


  • Reply Salty French FryX June 9, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Safari isn't letting me go into any website it just says that the website isn't responding, is that a virus or is it just my wifi?

  • Reply Green Pixel June 23, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    normally when u spot smth bad ,its too late ,because damage is already done, as in compromised accounts , sensitive data about you gets leaked to bad people. For example key logger or data scrapper will be running and will get your logins and passwords, or even some ransomware will encrypt your drive. No system is secure, unless you are not connecting it to network, keeping it in a locked room and not using removable media (stuxnet ). Practical advise : use 2 step auth on every account, don't keep any sensitive information on your system. Welcome to age of computers 😀

  • Reply jacob D'castro June 27, 2019 at 11:23 am

    best simple straight answer, thank you !!!!!

  • Reply Sergio Yi July 14, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Virus is a painful and dangerous word for a fanboy. They will deny

  • Reply Builder July 18, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Does it work for Roblox? Lol

  • Reply Reuben Legkodukh August 14, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    When the anti software is actually a virus?

  • Reply Paul S September 19, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Hi David, great video as always. They are so helpful and well explained. You probably get tens of thousands of messages and don't notice many of them. If you see this – is your advice the same as at September 2019? There are so many things kicking around warning of Mac viruses. I tried Malwarebytes and it gave me a nice green tick. Just wondered if you'd evolved your thoughts since 2016? I'll probably find a video update after clicking this. 😀 Thanks.

  • Reply Shield 99 September 22, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    "I love MAC because it's more secure than PC"


    hahaha funny

  • Reply Lucid Lagomorph September 23, 2019 at 8:15 am

    if you can write programmes for Macs you can make viruses
    a virus is just software that you don't want to run and is executed surreptitiously

  • Reply Lucid Lagomorph September 23, 2019 at 8:17 am

    I am surprised more Viruses arent written for Macs being I know-how geeks think – the challenge and the smug Mac user these are to big motivators

  • Reply Btw Im Comp October 6, 2019 at 8:39 am

    it says bitly

  • Reply The Mariocrafter October 20, 2019 at 1:37 am

    It’s basically like saying “Girls Don’t Fart”.

  • Reply xxbad kid October 25, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Well um that already happened

  • Reply PythonPlusPlus December 4, 2019 at 12:19 am

    What are the chances that this video is actually asking you to download malware

  • Reply Daryl Skinner December 8, 2019 at 1:25 am

    I use two lots of software to make sure my PC is 100% protected hitman pro & Malwarebytes.

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