How to Remove Mac Scareware

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Unlike on Windows, Mac scareware is pretty straightforward to remove. Just follow the 4 steps below and you will be scareware free in next to no time.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Use Activity Monitor to locate and kill the process for the Mac scareware (see How to Quit Processes in Mac OS X for help).
  2. Using Finder, locate the Mac scareware folder and drag it to the trash.
  3. Remove the login startup process (see How to Remove Login Items in Mac OS X for help).
  1. Safari users should then disable the Open "Safe" Files feature (see How to Disable Safari Open "Safe" Files for help).