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Mac adware is more sophisticated and dangerous than traditional Mac malware

As the data revealed in our State of Malware report showed, Mac threats are on the rise, but they are not the same type of threats experienced by Windows users. Most notably, more traditional forms of malware, such as ransomware, spyware, and backdoors account for over 27 percent of all Windows threats. That figure is less than 1 percent for Macs. Further, Mac malware is rather unsophisticated … [Read more...]

Billion-dollar search engine industry attracts vultures, shady advertisers, and cybercriminals

Search engines make money by showing users sponsored advertisements—a lot of money. This attracts attention, competition, and plenty who want a piece of the action without doing the actual work or considering the impact to those on the other end of the search bar. Because in the search business, even the crumbs are interesting. In this post, we look at the ways in which shady advertisers, … [Read more...]

Mac threat detections on the rise in 2019

Conventional wisdom has been that, although not invulnerable to cyberthreats (as some old Apple ads would have you believe), Macs are afflicted with considerably fewer infections than Windows PCs. However, when reviewing our 2019 Mac detection telemetry, we noticed a startling upward trend. Indeed, the times, they are a-changin’. To get a sense of how Mac malware performed against all … [Read more...]

Knowing when it’s worth the risk: riskware explained

If there’s one thing I like more than trivia quizzes, it’s quotes. Positive, inspirational, and motivational quotes. Quotes that impart a degree of ancient wisdom, or those that make you stop and consider. Reading them melts our fears, sorrows, and feelings of inadequacy away. Some of the most inspiring quotes urge us to take risks in order to find meaning. If you don’t take risks, they say, … [Read more...]

The lazy person’s guide to cybersecurity: minimum effort for maximum protection

Are you tired of that acquaintance who keeps bugging you with computer questions? Do you avoid visiting certain people because you know you will spend most of the evening cleaning up their machine? My uncle Bob is one of those people. He’s a nice guy, but with computers, he’s not just an accident waiting to happen—he’s an accident waiting to become a catastrophe. To keep Uncle Bob’s … [Read more...]

A user’s right to choose: Why Malwarebytes detects Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs): the name says it all. While the programs themselves might have legitimate uses, their vendors often use inappropriate methods to drive downloads or hide within a program bundle. At Malwarebytes, we feel we have an obligation to help protect our customers from PUPs by identifying and detecting them and giving the user the right to choose whether they continue … [Read more...]

CyberByte steals Malwarebytes’ intellectual property

At Malwarebytes, we frequently examine apps for detection as Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs). These are programs that exhibit a wide variety of bad behaviors, but aren’t actually outright malware. Unfortunately, there are many supposed antivirus programs that fit this category. Following user reports, we began researching a piece of software named CyberByte Antivirus to determine … [Read more...]