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MacDefender is a scam; Tip on how to remove it from your iMac

1818 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: May 15, 2011 10:21 AM by michellefromtheranch RSS
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May 1, 2011 6:02 PM

I, like many other victims, experienced an annoying popup from MacDefender right after I did an image search via Google.  As a result, I spent several hours in search of solutions to remove this annoying SW.  Anyway,  I am not a technical person and just bought my iMac 3 months ago and am still learning how to get used to all the operational menus.  Luckily, thanks to one Mac user who posted this solution on the internet, I followed his instructions and was able to get rid of this stupid SW.  :-)


I'd like to share this in case another victim comes along ....


  1. Launch Finder and search for the app name (in this case - MacDefender)
  2. Search for the whole Mac
  3. Search for File name (by using the drop down menu on the left box)
  4. Use the button below the search box to add search criteria.  This will allow you to have more drop down boxes
  5. Once you have more search criteria options, select the "Other" on the left box and the " System file" on the right box.  Use the drop down menu on each box
  6. There is a default option "aren't included"; click on this box and change it to "include"
  7. Sort by name, kind, date, ect., to identify components of this particular app, such as folders, .plist files, cache files...ect.
  8. Delete all the files and folders related to this app.
  9. Do not empty the trash until you check and make sure that everything (all good apps) are working normally.  Incase you need to restore some files that you accidentally deleted.  One way to make sure is the file has the same date that this MacDefender was downloaded.
  10. Reboot the iMac.

After I followed these steps, I was able to completely remove  the MacDefender.  I hope you will be able to do the same.


Good luck.  :-)

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