“Macs Can’t Get Viruses” – Fact or Fiction?

You have may heard that Mac computers don’t get viruses, but is that fact or fiction? While at one point it was true that Mac computers were less prone to viruses, sadly this is no longer the case.

With the very recent discovery of Silver Sparrow, a new type of malware that’s affected over 30,000 Mac users, it couldn’t be a better time to read up on how you can protect your Mac!

Where did this theory start?

Initially, hackers were less likely to design malware and viruses targeting Mac computers because fewer people owned these devices. With Apple’s growth as a company, there are now millions of active Mac users around the globe.

This means there are far more machines and users to target, making Mac viruses a profitable scheme. Viruses and malware hide on Mac computers the same way they do on PCs, there are just fewer of them out there.

Image of a Mac computer on a table without viruses.

Viruses on the rise:

  • 2012: the first large-scale malware attack on Mac computers affected about 600,000 users. Apple addressed this threat, but the incident sparked a new debate about the security of their systems.
  • 2014: the Rootpipe threat was discovered but, with Apple being widely criticized for its slow response to security threats, they didn’t come out with a patch fix until April of 2015.
  • Early 2016: the KeRanger ransomware variant marked a turning point; it represents an expansion of ransomware to new platforms, including Mac computers— that were once considered safe from attacks. Once KeRanger had infected a system, the ransomware would encrypt a user’s files and demand $400 in Bitcoin.
  • 2017-Now: An ongoing threat Mac users need to be aware of is adware connected to a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. This threat popup appears like a legitimate message from Flash, when in fact it is not.
  • Early 2020: With the rise of Zoom meetings, in June of 2020 it was revealed that it was possible for users to be added to video calls and have the Mac webcam activated without permission. Following the public disclosure of the vulnerability both Zoom and Apple addressed the vulnerability.
  • Early 2021: A new strain of malware, called Silver Sparrow, has just been discovered on 30,000 Macs. Silver Sparrow has already proven to be an extremely successful attack, utilizing Java Script to infect computers. While Apple has since revoked the developer certificates that allowed it to spread, meaning new machines can no longer be infected, you should run a FixMeStick scan to make sure you’re safe.

A great misconception:

It’s not widely publicized that Mac computers can (and do) get viruses, while comparatively there is a whole industry of malware protection centered around Microsoft.

New threats to Mac computers are wild cards in the cybersecurity community. It is not always apparent how harmful a new variant can be. Threats that were once benign can be manipulated and turn into major vulnerabilities.  

Image of someone plugged a FixMeStick virus removal device into a Mac laptop to remove viruses.

So, what’s the fix for Mac viruses?

  • Run a FixMeStick scanIf your Mac is infected, it’s best to clean up that threat right away, rather than wait for Apple to figure out the appropriate response.
  • Always improving: FixMeStick is now compatible with all Macs made between 2006 and 2017 (ask our support team for special instructions regarding FileVault). Since our Kickstarter campaign in 2014, we have made a consistent commitment to improving the compatibility of the FixMeStick for Mac computers.

It’s worth noting that the tech whiz kids at your local London Drugs turn to the FixMeStick as their first line of defense when they are cleaning out Mac computers in store.

The beauty of the FixMeStick is that it packs enough of a punch that professionals feel comfortable using it while also remaining accessible to at-home users. If you want to make sure your Mac is safe from the newest threats, get yours today!

31 comments

  1. Michael Sexton -

    Your BS stick does not remove virus’s…I bought one and it did not do the trick so stop your fake news already.

  2. Rick Drais -

    Fixmestick works great, but Macs don’t really like them too much. Once you FINALLY get the stick to run, it’s awesome. I do prefer how it works on my PC laptop though

  3. alice nicewicz/pantano -

    I purchased the fix me stick and it said I had a virus but it wanted me to buy a antivirus but I already have one. My computer only worked good for a day and a half. I am returning the fixmestick

    THEY DO NOT WORK.

  4. FixMeStick -

    Hey Alice, I’m sorry to hear about that! There is no need to buy the anti virus software that we are promoting right now! The FixMEStick will still remove all of the viruses it finds on your computer.

  5. FixMeStick -

    Hey Rick! Thanks for your input, we are always looking to make our customers as happy as possible!

  6. FixMeStick -

    Hey Michael, if you are still having virus issues after running a scan, please give us a call and we will see if there is anything we can do to help!

  7. FixMeStick -

    Yes! That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a tool like the FixMeStick to stay protected!

  8. Paul Bongiardina -

    I do have a McAFEE antivirurs and I still have problems ,but normally if I have a problem I use my FIXMESTICK it takes care of the problem , but I do have to say that on a sunday a couple of weeks ago I had to run the STICK 3 times to get it to get it done

  9. sheilad -

    I’ve had my FixMeStick for a year now and it works!! Most recently was infected twice (by the Malware that says it’s Microsoft and to call the number on the screen, etc. etc.) My response was to shut down the computer immediately and plug in my FixMeStick! Several hours later, I’m clean!
    Sometimes, it’s difficult to get the “stick” to work, but eventually, it does.

  10. Rita Scott -

    FixmeStick is not working properly
    Please tell me again how to use on my Dell desktop

  11. Mallory Dixon -

    I can’t get my Fix me stick to work. I have tried every step on the card that is enclosed and nothing is working. pls help!!!!

  12. Rob -

    I have used fix me stick twice on my computer and the 1 time it took a few times but it still worked. I used it yesterday on my grandson’s who has no anti-virus at all and it cleaned out 8 viruses. I am very pleased.

  13. Keegan Anfield -

    Hi Mallory! Can you give us a call at 1 888 530 6125 and we’ll have an agent help you?

  14. Keegan Anfield -

    Hi Frances! If you are still having issues, give us a call at 1 888 530 6125 and we can solve the issue for you.

  15. Keegan Anfield -

    Hi Paul. Thanks for letting us know, we are constantly working to improve the FixMeStick so this shouldn’t be the issue anymore.

  16. Anonymous -

    I have an Apple computer it’s about 8 years old. I can’t get in my mail for about 8 months now. I do have virus protection but it’s not helping. Wondering if the fix me stick would.

  17. Linda -

    Hi there, if this issue on your Mac is caused by a virus,then FixMeStick can definitely help by removing this virus.

  18. Colin -

    I have a little problem with the fixmestick I ran the program and it removed some but there are a lot that have to be removed manually and I need help telling me how to did this on a imac 10.15.7

  19. Linda -

    Hi Colin, we can definitely help you with the removal of these threats. We sent you an email with further instructions on how to reach a live agent for better assistance. Could you check your email? Thanks!

  20. Anonymous -

    Traveling with my MAC and left my Stick at home. Will not be back until April. Is there any way I can scan with your assistance remotely?
    Carl

    carljking@icloud.com

  21. Jonathan -

    Hi Carl,

    Unfortunately the FixMeStick scan cannot be accessed remotely. All the necessary software is found on the USB itself, so you’ll need to have the USB in order to run the scan.

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