New MBP, Why So Much Adware

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jw3571, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. jw3571 macrumors regular

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    I've had my MBP for a month, why does so much adware pop up? Mac Cleaner and all kinds of other adware? Is there a way to get this to stop popping up?
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Run MalwareBytes for Mac: https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

    And be more vigilant with what you download/click/install. These applications wouldn't have spontaneously appeared, so if you're unsure how it happened, try to practice safer browsing techniques.
     
  3. jw3571 thread starter macrumors regular

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    This happened from the moment I started up the machine. I did transfer everything over from an older mac, could this have something to do with it? I really haven't installed much on the machine yet.

     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Yep, you must have had some infections on the old system that copied over. MWB should pick up most, if not all of them, though.
     
  5. Apple 26.2 Contributor

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    There you have it... the only thing that's different is the hardware.
     
  6. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    I have never in my life seen adware on a Mac, so I'm guessing you found it somewhere. I mean, yeah, it exists, but. It's not exactly super common.
     
  7. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    Apple never installs any of this stuff.

    Mac Cleaner is well known spammy ware that usually gets installed from dodgy websites with dubious content.
     
  8. Creep89 macrumors 6502

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    So where does this happen? On some ****** download sites things like that may pop up if you do not use an adblocker and noscript.
     
  9. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    There are also legit apps that can install tools you don't like. FileZilla and Vuze for example. If you don't pay attention to options that appear in the installers they wil also install additional tools.
     
  10. jw3571 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, I did the Malware bytes, we'll see how it works.
     

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