How to Get Rid of Spyware on a Mac

by Shawn Farner

The Mac OS has a smaller installed base, mostly due to the fact that the operating system only runs on Apple hardware; the Windows operating system can run on a number of different machines from many different manufacturers. This means that fewer spyware applications are created to target Mac users, but that doesn't mean spyware doesn't exist on the Mac. If you're having problems with your company Mac and you've run through all other troubleshooting avenues, you may be infected with some kind of spyware. A tool called MacScan can help you determine whether spyware is present on your machine.

Navigate to the MacScan website. Click the "Download Trial" button to download the setup file to your Mac's desktop. The free trial lasts for 30 days, after which you'll be asked to purchase a single-user license.

Double-click the install file you downloaded to your Mac's desktop and follow the step-by-step instructions to install MacScan.

Click on the MacScan icon in your dock after the installation process completes to start MacScan.

Click the "Scan" button to begin a spyware scan of your Mac. This could take several minutes to an hour, depending on the number of files you have stored on your Mac's hard drive. When the scan process is complete, follow the steps to remove the detected spyware (if any) from your Mac.


About the Author

Shawn Farner is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2008. His writing has appeared on, and He currently resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

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