Backdoor Mac, Mac backdoor, Backdoor.Mac or a similar generic detection is most likely an indication of a Trojan infection on your Mac. A recent example of a backdoor detection is Longage.A Backdoor.
Backdoors targeting macOS may not be as frequently detected as potentially unwanted programs but they do appear in the wild. This article will give you details about Mac backdoor.
|Type||Backdoor Trojan for MacOS|
|Short Description||Aims to slither on your Mac undetected and perform series of malicious activities.|
|Symptoms||The backdoor aims to remain undetected, so no evident symptoms may be registered.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious spam, Compromised websites|
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Mac Backdoor – What Does It Mean?
Backdoors are Trojans. The bad news is that some Trojans are quite advanced and simple detection and quarantine may not be enough to stop them entirely. A Mac backdoor main goal is to enter your Mac stealthily to steal information, install more malware or spy on you.
What you should know is that after successful infiltration, backdoor Trojans aim to obtain remote control of targeted Mac machines. Then, backdoors may perform various malicious activities such as record users’ Internet browsing, steal banking details and passwords from keychains, install other malware, etc.
Once on your Mac, a backdoor could:
- Activate your camera or microphone;
- Log your keystrokes;
- Track you location via FindMyMac;
- Read your IP and MAC addresses;
- Copy files from your Mac;
- Delete files from your Mac;
- Steal AppleID passwords and IDs;
- Steal saved passwords on your browser;
- Download other viruses on your Mac without your knowledge;
- Update itself.
Let’s have a look at a recently detected Mac backdoor, [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/longage-trojan-mac-remove/”] Longage.A Backdoor.
Based on data collected by malware researchers, it is known that the backdoor could help hackers to deliver additional malware. Furthermore, as long as the connection remains uninterrupted, hackers could perform some or all of the following actions:
- Gather information about your computer;
- Send a list of currently-running processes;
- Kill processes;
- Run or delete files;
- Receive files from, or send files to, a remote server;
- Uninstall Longage.A Backdoor;
- Send an Apple event to initiate your computer to sleep, restart, shut down and log out;
- Open a bash shell command prompt.
The worst part is that a backdoor may stay silent and undetected on your system for a long period of time, making it an infection difficult to spot and remove.
A Mac backdoor Trojan may also open the door to other infections on your Mac, or may be dropped together with other malware, such as the following:
Banking Trojans, which are designed to steal banking and financial information. These Trojans could inject a virtual layer over legitimate banking websites with the purpose to collect information entered by the user.
Downloader Trojans, which are designed to install more malware on affected systems.
DDoS Trojans, which apply a botnet on infected systems to be used to execute DDoS attacks.
Spyware, which is designed to stealthily infiltrate Macs to track and record keystrokes, websites visited, and can even take screenshots of the users’ activities. Collected data is typically sent to a command and control server.
PUPs and adware, which interfere with the victim’s online activities by displaying pop-up ads and fake error messages, and redirecting to suspicious sites.
Shortly said, a Mac backdoor Trojan detection may be an indication of other infections.
Mac Backdoor – How to Remove
In order to remove a backdoor Trojan from your Mac, along with all associated files that enable it to perform various malicious activities, you should complete several removal steps. In the guide below you will find all removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of the malware and improve the security of your device, we recommend you an approach that combines both.
In case you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall Mac backdoor and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Mac backdoor via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove Mac backdoor – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Mac backdoor files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Mac backdoor, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Mac backdoor FAQ
What is Mac backdoor on your Mac?
The Mac backdoor threat is a potentially unwanted app or likely a Mac virus. It may slow your Mac down siginficantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your Mac.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your Mac to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your MacOS.
Can my Mac get a virus?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get viruses. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a virus:
- Mac Mini
- Macbook Air
- Macbook Pro
What are the symptoms of Mac backdoor on your Mac?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also most Mac threats in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your Mac may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Mac's Activity Monitor.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your Mac for viruses.
What types of Mac threats are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently infect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Adware and hijackers.
- Trojan horses and other spyware.
- Ransomware and screen-lockers.
- Cryptocurrency miner malware.
What to do if I have a Mac virus, like Mac backdoor?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many Mac anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter for Mac is one of the reccomended Mac anti-malware apps, that can scan for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps plus take care of them quickly. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to secure my passwords and other data from Mac backdoor?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and Apple devices will become significantly more safe against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.