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don tishman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 7, 2011 1:57 PM

How can I remove this program that automatically starts when I boot up?

  • WWhite2010 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 7, 2011 2:15 PM (in response to don tishman)

    Go into you're Applications and scroll to the bottom and find whats called the Utilities folder and "click" it.

    After doing that in that folder look for a Activity Monitor, once you find it click it. When your in the activity monitor

    look in the box for the "macprotector" or possibly a another name it could be under and the top left corner

    highlight the program an click Quit. After you do this in top right corner in the spotlight try finding the files and

    deleting them. Was this helpful? Let me know.

  • liss10001 Calculating status...
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    May 7, 2011 9:36 PM (in response to WWhite2010)

    Hi there, I've just come across this annoying MacProtector this morning on my MacBook Air.  It caused me some concern and after going through your instructions, it's all gone.

    Thanks for replying to this initial question.  It's helped me greatly.

    Cheers

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,050 points)
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    May 7, 2011 9:38 PM (in response to don tishman)

    aka MacDefender.

     

    Follow the instructions at this link.

     

    http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/02/new-macdefender-malware-threat-for-mac-os-x/

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,050 points)
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    May 7, 2011 10:24 PM (in response to don tishman)

    Also, check System Preferences - Accounts / Login Items

     

    and /Library/Startup Items

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    May 8, 2011 12:35 AM (in response to Carolyn Samit)

    Carolyn Samit wrote:

     

    Also, check ...

     

    /Library/Startup Items

    Have you found something there?  Nobody else seems to have.

  • edinburghlad Calculating status...
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    May 8, 2011 6:24 AM (in response to WWhite2010)

    Followed your tips for removing MacProtector and it appears to have worked. Many thanks.

     

    John

  • David Topchishvili Calculating status...
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    May 8, 2011 4:25 PM (in response to WWhite2010)

    Thank you very much, your tips were very helpful.

  • CherokeeAPPLEEXPERT Calculating status...
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    May 9, 2011 10:11 AM (in response to don tishman)

    REMOVE MacProtector, MacSecurity, MacDefendor

     

    So finally someone has created Malware that effects the Wonderful Apple Computers.

    Here is what happens....

    you get a pop-up that says "Apple Security Alert : Mac Protector>...your computer has been infected with viruses, download our anti-virus software to clean your harddrive"

     

    when you download their "software" you then start getting all sorts of **** pop-ups and ALERTS that wont go away....

     

    Well this problem has a relativly easy solution.... Here it is.... Straight From Apple Tech Support

     

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    1. Open Activity Monitor through Spotlight

     

    2. Locate MacProtector, MacSecurity or MacDefendor

     

    3. Quit Process> Force Quit Process

     

    4. Close Acitvity Moniter

     

    5. Open System Preferences/Accounts

     

    6. Unlock Padlock in bottom left corner

     

    7. Click Login Items

     

    8. Select MacProtector, MacSecurity or MacDefendor

     

    9. Click the " - " button

     

    10. Close System Preferences

     

    11.  Open Finder (File > New Finder Window)

     

    12. Follow path : Macintosh HD/Applications/MacProtector, MacSecurity or MacDefendor

     

    13. Drag the MacProtector application to the Trash

     

    14. Follow Path: Macintosh HD/Users/Home User/Downloads/ MacProtector, MacSecurity or MacDefendor

     

    15. Drag the MacProtector downloads (there should be four) to the Trash

     

    16. Empty Trash

     

    17. Reset Safari

     

    18. Restart Computer

     

     

    ******************************************************************************** ***************************************************

    So I hope that this will help many of you very intelligent customers out there.... although Apple does want to get a detailed record of how wide spread this "Virus" is.

  • suzie.h.kwfl Calculating status...
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    May 9, 2011 12:39 PM (in response to CherokeeAPPLEEXPERT)

    Thank-you for the clear instructions.  We all shake our heads at people who get tricked into a scam.  Today you call all shake your head at me.  Lesson learned to this brand new MAC user with a cancelled credit card.

  • johan from uk Calculating status...
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    May 11, 2011 12:39 PM (in response to CherokeeAPPLEEXPERT)

    Great help - thanks from another mac novice.

  • kaylfordsollimo Calculating status...
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    May 12, 2011 2:30 PM (in response to WWhite2010)

    Thank you. I was finally able to trash that awful thing. This is the first time I've had to deal with malware of any sort. so I do appreciate the help and will remember how to access this should I ever need it again. I was especially upset about the gay **** site that began poping up on my screen. Not the thing an old lady wants to see, believe me!

  • boyocool Calculating status...
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    May 13, 2011 1:36 PM (in response to don tishman)

    I followed the instructions given on how to remove the crapy fake software protection called "macprotection", and it worked! Thanks Apple for saving my computer and unnecessary investments.

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