Manually Remove Remnants Of Mac Malware

Have you used MalwareBytes to remove malware from your Mac? Malwarebytes does a great job of removing harmful software from your Mac, but it sometimes leaves bits and pieces of the malware on your Mac. These remnants are not harmful to your Mac, but I like to get rid of them anyway. If you are one of our clients and we sent you a list of some files that need to be manually removed here are instructions to guide you.

Most commonly, the bits and pieces of malware that are left behind are in one of the Library folders on your Mac.

It’s important to know two things:

  • There are multiple Library folders on your Mac. The two library folders that you’ll need to visit are commonly called your home Library folder and the main Library folder.
  • By default your home Library folder is invisible

You can temporarily view your invisible home Library folder by doing this:

  1. Click on the Finder icon on your Dock. The Dock is the row of icons across the bottom of your Mac’s screen.
  2. Click on the Go menu, at the top of your screen, then hold down the Option key on your keyboard. You’ll see Library gets added to the menu. Select Library.

After you have revealed your invisible home Library folder, please proceed to it’s subfolders. Locate the files that we listed and drag them to the Trash.

You can locate your main Library folder by doing this:

  1. Click on the Finder icon on your Dock. The Dock is the row of icons across the bottom of your Mac’s screen.
  2. Click on the Go menu, at the top of your screen, then select Computer
  3. Click on the icon for your Mac’s internal hard drive. This is commonly called Macintosh HD.
  4. Click on the Library folder listed at the top-level of folders on your internal hard drive.

After you have located your main Library folder, please proceed to it’s subfolders. Locate the files that we listed and drag them to the Trash.

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