How to Remove Mac Backdoor Detections

How to Remove Mac Backdoor Detections

What is Mac backdoor? What does it mean if you see such a detection on your Mac?

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.

Threat Summary

NameMac backdoor
TypeBackdoor Trojan for MacOS
Short DescriptionAims to slither on your Mac undetected and perform series of malicious activities.
SymptomsThe backdoor aims to remain undetected, so no evident symptoms may be registered.
Distribution MethodMalicious 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.

Related: Top 5 Most Destructive macOS Malware Pieces.

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,

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.

Milena Dimitrova

Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum since the beginning. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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