Summary: Mac computers are not totally safe. If you accidentally download fake apps or click the infected attachments in your email, you may be navigated to a dangerous website. And that causes the malware sneaking into your system. To get rid of malware on Mac, you should be careful before clicking a link or download an unknown app. Besides, cleaning your Mac now and then is also a protection to your computer.

It is known to all that macOS is safer than Windows because Mac computer is virus-proof. However, although Macs are hard to be hacked, it does not mean Macs will never be attacked by malware. Let's get it straight: viruses and malware are not the same. In this post, we will figure out the differences and find out how to get rid of malware on Mac. 

What is malware

Unlike a virus, malware is a kind of software that designed to attack computer, server, and computer network. It includes viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, and adware. In other words, malware is more complicated than the virus. 

Why Mac is infected with malware

Now, you may wonder why on earth your Mac gets infected with malware. Let's illustrate it with an example. 

When you are surfing on the internet, a pop-out shows up, telling you the computer is infected with a virus. It offers you a Mac Defender "anti-virus" software. You are so anxious and redirect to the websites to download it. And that is how you accidentally get the malware on Mac. 

A phishing cam, fake apps, and websites or updates can lure you to download the software that you don't know. 

If you find that your Mac suddenly runs slow, advertisement keeps popping up or any strange software is downloaded, it may be the signs that your Mac is being attacked. Solutions below tell you how to get rid of this annoying malware from Mac. 

How to remove malware from Mac

If you find any strange software, extensions, or you receive the unknown attachment in your email and messages, do not click on it or provide any private information like your credit card number. Here are three solutions to rescue your Mac. 


Sometimes it is hard to clean up your computer fully, especially the attachments, cache, and suspicious files and applications. 

Because you may not notice the suspicious applications, files, or attachments among so many files. In this case, you will need a Mac cleaner like MacMaster. It will check your computer thoroughly, saving your effort and time. Besides, it is free to download and try. 

Mac Version Download

Step 1 Scan your Mac. 

Open MacMaster and you will see the toolbar on the left side. Select the file types you need to check and clean. 

Master Scan will scan and clean the application cachesemail attachments, cache, and system junk, etc.  

MacMaster Homepage

Clear up the privacy can erase the browsing history and cache on your browser, which can free up space while protecting your privacy. 

Preview Privacy Scan

In the Toolkit, you can erase the unwanted files, manage the extensions, and delete duplicate images. 

Macmaster Toolkit

Step 2 Clean your Mac.

Here we take Master Scan as an example. Once scanned, you will see the results on the screen including cache, email attachments, and system junk, etc. Select the files you need to remove and click Clean to delete. 

Clean Application Caches

Step 3 Finish the cleaning. 

When the process finishes, you will see the size of the file that has been cleaned. Click Review to continue cleaning. 

Clean Result

Removing unwanted files, cache, trash, etc. can free up space and make your Mac runs smoothly. Also, clean up the potentially dangerous attachments can protect your computer better. 

Uninstall the Suspicious Applications 

Usually, Mac users download applications from the App Store, which is safe and sound. But there is still possible that you download apps that bundle with malware from unknown websites. If you find any strange application on your computer, uninstall it right now with the steps below. 

Step 1 Launch Applications

Find the unknown software and right-click on it > move to Trash

Move App To Trash

Step 2 In the search field, enter ~/Library > Go

Show Library Folder Mac

Drag all the folders that related to the applications to Trash

Step 3 Empty the Trash. 

Empty Trash

Clean up the Browser Extensions

Some malicious extensions will modify browser settings and direct users to the homepage they choose. Therefore, it is necessary to check and remove the unknown extensions on your browser. 


Open Safari > Preferences. Select the Extensions tab and check whether there is any suspicious extension. 

Uninstall Safari Extensions

Click on it > Uninstall.   


In Chrome, click on the three dots button > More Tools > Extensions. You will see a list of extensions that you have installed. 

Select the unknown one > Remove

Remove Chrome Extensions

Malware removal in browser extensions is simple and it removes the browser virus along with them. 

In all, a quick and clean Mac brings you an excellent experience in using. Sometimes you may feel inconvenient to clean your computer manually too often. Now, with MacMaster, a Mac cleaner that always keeps your Mac new, you can clean up your computer easily. 

But no matter which way you choose, it all comes down to you to protect your computer and personal information. Thus, try not to download and click unknown applications and attachments.