As you should know by now, the idea that Mac computers cannot get malware is utterly false. Every day, security experts see more and more viruses popping up and affecting users.
One of the most recent pieces of malware to hit the headlines in mshelper. In this article, we’ll explain what the malware is, how to know if you’ve been afflicted, and how to get rid of it.
What Is mshelper?
It’s not entirely understood what precisely mshelper is doing, but it’s widely suspected to be cryptocurrency mining malware. Experts believe it is spreading through software installations.
How do you know if you’ve been unlucky enough to be affected by mshelper? Some of the tell-tale signs your machine is infected are:
- Excessive CPU usage preventing other apps from working normally.
- A hot machine, causing the fans to run continuously.
- Your battery only lasting for an unusually short period of time.
How to Remove mshelper
Thankfully, it’s not too difficult to remove mshelper from your system. However, it’s not as simple as merely killing the process in the Activity Monitor. It will just start again almost instantaneously. Instead, you have two options.
The first option is to download and run EtreCheck. The free app can run in-depth diagnostics tests and remove any malware it finds.
The second way is to delete the mshelper files manually. You can find both files in the Library without any additional tricks. You need to delete:
- /Library/Application Support/pplauncher
And remember, as we said at the start, if you own an Apple, you need to install an anti-virus suite to protect yourself. We’ve looked at some of the best anti-virus suites for Mac and offered some conclusions you might find useful.