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What is Scareware on your Mac?

April 5th, 2017 at 10:57 am

You’re at your Mac, doing some working as normal, and you visit on a site you have been to many times before. But then you get a pop-up. And not just any pop-up, but a warning message that says your computer is suddenly compromised. Usually phrases like “virus detected” and “suspicious activity” are part of the warning. Panic begins, what can you do about this? Luckily that dialog has a phone number on it you can call to help you sort things out. For a fee, of course.

Never ever call the number listed on your screen!

You want to call because they were helpful enough to tell you that your Mac has a problem. If they know your Mac has a problem, then they can help you fix it, right? Wrong. This is a tactic to get at your wallet and computer. Commonly called “Scareware,” it is a way for unscrupulous people to cause a panic and then “come to your rescue” for a fee. Even though there really isn’t anything to worry about, except for the message that keeps popping up over and over.

How can they know about my Mac?

There’s no legitimate warning that will ever come from your web browser about anything but your web browser; it has no way of knowing. If you already know this and you click the Okay or Close button, you might find that the warning pops right back up immediately. Preventing you from closing close the window that is trying to scare you in the first place, confirming that you do in fact need to call (and pay) to make it go away.

How do I fix this?

Fortunately, Apple has built into Safari a quick fix that works almost always. Just Quit or Force Quit Safari, then while holding down the Shift key start Safari. Keep holding down the Shift key until your normal home page loads. When you start Safari with the Shift key held down, it will reopen without any windows or tabs from your previous session. That keeps this scareware site from reloading, bypassing the maliciously crafted webpage.

But wait, that didn’t fix it!

If the above steps didn’t fix the problem, then your Mac could have adware installed. This is usually in the form of a plug-in to your browser. In this the case, you need to download AdWare Medic (now known as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac). Download and run this app to remove any know bits of malicious software. Please note that you may not be able to view the AdWare Medic website via your troubled browser. You have a couple options here, first try using another browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome etc.). You could always download it on another Mac and then copy it to a thumb drive.

The more you know!

Once you have resolved the problem, here are a couple links that will deal with the “bad guys” and protect yourself.


The coolest Drone Mat ever

March 28th, 2017 at 8:14 pm

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Amazon Price: Not Listed

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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition

March 21st, 2017 at 9:00 am

Apple has announced iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition models available in a vibrant red aluminum finish, in recognition of more than ten years of partnership between Apple and (RED). A portion of the purchase price goes to the Global Fund to help fight the spread of AIDS. Available in the 128GB and 256GB capacities.

Also, iPhone SE is now available in 32GB and 128GB capacities.


Apple’s New Clips app

March 21st, 2017 at 9:00 am

Clips is a new app that makes it quick and fun for anyone to create expressive videos on iPhone and iPad. The app features a simple user interface for combining video clips and photos with filters, graphics, emoji, and music into great-looking videos to share with friends through the Messages app, or on Instagram, Facebook, and other popular social networks. And Clips introduces Live Titles, a breakthrough feature that lets users create animated captions and titles using just their voice.

Clips will be available free from the App Store in April 2017.


New 9.7-inch iPad

March 21st, 2017 at 9:00 am

The new 9.7-inch iPad delivers the revolutionary iPad experience at an even more affordable price.

The stunning Retina display offers an immersive viewing experience. The A9 chip provides incredible performance and all-day battery life. The new iPad also features advanced cameras, Touch ID, ultrafast wireless connectivity, and the App Store with more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for iPad.
Apple’s most popular-sized iPad is a great choice for first-time iPad owners and upgraders who want to enjoy the benefits of a powerful new iPad. It’s available in 32GB and 128GB capacities in Silver, Gold, or Space Gray.

Also, iPad mini 4 is now available exclusively in a 128GB capacity.


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