How to Thwart Ransomware on Mac Before It’s Too Late

Ben Stegner 10-05-2016

Ransomware is nasty Don't Fall Foul of the Scammers: A Guide To Ransomware & Other Threats Read More . This especially invasive form of malware encrypts your files and demands a ridiculous sum to get them back, essentially holding your computer at ransom. It’s awful, but thankfully, you can combat it Don't Pay Up - How To Beat Ransomware! Just imagine if someone showed up on your doorstep and said, "Hey, there's mice in your house that you didn't know about. Give us $100 and we'll get rid of them." This is the Ransomware... Read More .


Malware isn’t as much of a problem on Mac as on Windows, but it’s not unheard of to run into security issues. If you want to be on the safe side, the free tool RansomWhere? will halt any processes that attempt to encrypt your files and alerts you of its happening.

You can choose to allow the process to continue if you deem it a false positive (make sure to double-check this) or immediately kill it should it be rogue.

To install, simply download the ZIP file from its website, then launch it and type your system credentials to authorize it (since it needs administrator access). If you decide you’d like to uninstall the utility, just open the APP file from the ZIP you downloaded again and choose to uninstall it.

Hopefully you never run into ransomware for Mac (and you should be backing up anyway to minimize its harmful effects), but this is a great way to reduce the threat of this headache.


Already having an issue with ransomware on your Mac? Learn how to remove the threat Mac User With Ransomware? How To Easily Remove This "Malware" Threat The FBI Ransomware didn't only affect Windows users; Mac owners were conned into paying up. Ironically, however, the OSX version wasn't really malware, but merely a browser popup that is easily removed. Read More .

Have you ever had an encounter with ransomware? Let us know if you’ll use this tool below!

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Related topics: Anti-Malware, Computer Security, Ransomware.

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  1. jay
    May 17, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    just read a little about objective-see the company that makes this app and you will see they are the good guys looking out for you, ive used their products for years and they are very lightweight and trustworthy. don't listen to these skeptics above they haven't done their research

  2. Paul Kennedy
    May 11, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Well put, Anthony! Although the article is of interest, there is no way I'm downloading an App, from an unknown website, that purports to thwart ransomware. If it appears on the Apple Store site, I'll consider it.

  3. Anthony
    May 11, 2016 at 8:57 am

    The irony here is that your article suggests the reader download a file from an unknown site and author site to thwart ramsonware; when it itslef could be. Better to provide users instructions and guidance on how to do so themselves with what apps are already on their Macs and to strongly enforce the need for regular, of-site backups to start a habit that will save them in the future as well.