How-to Fix Mac’s Safari browser malware/ransomware pop-up

Hello dear readers and visitors!

Less than a few days apart I had to fix several Macbook malware infections. I say “infections”, but technically, it’s more of a Safari feature abuse. Still, it qualifies as malware or even as a virus.

mac_pop-up
The message usually shows a phone number to call to “fix” your problem.
DON’T CALL

Sick Safari

What this malware does is create a pop-up message. This in itself could be annoying at most, but the problem is when closing the pop-up message window, another comes up immediately and because of  Safari’s default pop-up behavior, menus become unavailable as long as the message is present. Which means you’re effectively locked away from your browser. It’s like a ransomware virus, but for your MAC’s Internet Browser. Cool huh?

Solution

This solution is simple, yet not easy to find: simply Shift-click your Safari icon to start Safari and by-pass the default page(s). Once you’re back and in control of your browser, you should do 2 things:

1. Check your history and try to find which website could’ve infected your browser. Then, take a mental note and STOP visiting such websites. If you can’t find it, it means you’ve most likely stumbled on an infected website. Lucky you.

2. Delete all history, cookies, empty the cache (you’ll need to enable the developer menu to access this option), remove any unwanted extensions and change your homepage.

Enjoy!

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Extra read and picture source
-http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-ib-adnxs-com-mac-os-x/

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