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For years people felt that MacBooks were not privy to the same amount of virus’ or pop up ads that computers like the Windows platform would experience. The worst part about the ads is that unless you were a programmer, no one knew what actions needed to be taken. In some instances, any actions would result in more ads just popping up.

In other cases, the ad pop-ups would close but leave a trojan virus to embed into the software of your computer. A trojan virus is a malware product that with a little bit of code, leaves areas of your computer open to vulnerabilities. This means that on a small scale, an area of your computer can be left open for other viruses to come and take over your system. It can be a hacker or even an artificial intelligence, but either way, once you’re are open to attacks, anything is considered fair game.

This means small things like which keystrokes are most commonly used can be tracked or larger things like passwords and other vitally private information. And once a hacker has this information, it is gone for good. Many people have had the experience without knowing it of a password has been changed. This may sound like a small thing, but if that password is to your banking information then it can be a big deal.

Hackers can and like to use pop up ads to piggyback off of to target and collect information about users. Therefore, it is important to find a reliable tool that will rid the computer of any unwanted and unnecessary ad pop-ups. One of these is a pop-up ad telling the user that there are many errors when there are not. Or worse, identifying legitimate concerns combined with ones that are not. This makes it very challenging for users and worse, in many instances, these programs are downloaded without the users’ knowledge.

Not only that. The constant pop-ups like those in MacKeeper are an annoyance. Constantly flashing a banner and providing a false notification of what is occurring in the background of their system. This can lead to ongoing worry and unnecessary stress for many people.

So, what can a person do and how can they fix this problem before it gets worse. First, there is the option to have a manual removal; meaning you can do it yourself. This is a little more beneficial because it is the most cost-effective and it enables you to learn a bit of the process as you go. It is highly recommended though if you are using this option to have a backup or secondary system to continue to use the internet if you need to. It is also good to make sure you have a mirror image of your computer. Having the mirror image will allow you to back up and restore any files that are important to keep and not corrupted.

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