Mal/Phish-A is the name of a virus that affects Mac computers and besides performing a wide range of virus activities, its primary purpose seems to be to display all sorts of phishing web pages, directed at victims. These pages may be the fake login places of Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and other sites and they all aim to extract your user name and password. There may even be PayPal and other fake financial information pages, that may request your financial credentials. This is the main reason why you should read this article and learn how to remove Mal/Phish-A from your Mac.
|Type||Malware for Mac OS|
|Short Description||Aims to take control over the internet connection of affected users and display phishing pages.|
|Symptoms||The main symptoms are problems with the internet connection and fake web pages begin to appear.|
|Distribution Method||May use malspam or fake apps to enter your Mac.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Mal/Phish-A.|
Mal/Phish-A – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
Mal/Phish-A could be spread via multiple different methods, the main ones of which are believed to be via sending e-mails with virus attachements that pretend to be leigitimate documents or even uploading fake apps on download sites, that turn out to be the virus itself.
Either way, when Mal/Phish-A infects your Mac, it may begin to perform the following virus activities:
- Download and run files.
- Obtain your private information.
- Cause browser redirects on Safari, Chrome and Firefox browsers.
- Take screenshots.
- Run a keylogger that aims to log the keystrokes you type on your machine.
You should be aware of fake web pages as they are the main giveaway of an infection with Mal/Phish-A Mac virus. This is because those infections tend to detect if you visit an important site and replace its login page with a fake one. If the following sites ask you to re-sign in, then this is one strong indicator for Mal/Phish-A infection:
- Your bank.
You should watch for the fake web pages by checking their address bar. If the address bar is not HTTPS (The icon with the green padlock next to the address), then you most likely are not visiting the original version of the site and everything you type in it, including your credit card details could be sent directly to the hackers who are behind Mal/Phish-A.
How to Detect and Remove Mal/Phish-A from Your Mac
If you want Mal/Phish-A gone from your Mac, then we strongly recommend that you follow the instructions underneath. They have been created with the main idea to help you get rid of the virus from your computer effecitvely step by step. If you want to automatically detect and remove Mal/Phish-A from your Mac, then we strongly recommend that you download and run a scan with an advanced malware cleaner software. This software’s main purpose is to automatically detect and remove Mal/Phish-A from your Mac by detecting its files and objects and eliminating them.
- Guide 1: Get rid of Mal/Phish-A from Mac OS X.
- Guide 2: Remove Mal/Phish-A from Google Chrome.
- Guide 3: Erase Mal/Phish-A from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 4: Uninstall Mal/Phish-A from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 5: Delete Mal/Phish-A from Safari.
- Guide 6: Eliminate Mal/Phish-A from Internet Explorer.
Get rid of Mal/Phish-A from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Mal/Phish-A 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 Mal/Phish-A 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: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Mal/Phish-A from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Mal/Phish-A from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Mal/Phish-A from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Delete Mal/Phish-A from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Mal/Phish-A will be removed.
Eliminate Mal/Phish-A from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
What is Mal/Phish-A?
Mal/Phish-A is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.
Be aware, that Mal/Phish-A may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.
Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.
Is Mal/Phish-A a Virus?
It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:
- Phishing sites.
- Web pages that are scam.
- Sites that may contain viruses.
These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.
Can my Mac get virus?
The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.
How did I get Mal/Phish-A?
Mal/Phish-A could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.
Also, Mal/Phish-A adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.
You may have missed Mal/Phish-A, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".
How to remove Mal/Phish-A from my Mac?
By removing its core files. To get rid of Mal/Phish-A from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.
An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were Mal/Phish-A could be residing.
It will also make sure that Mal/Phish-A is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.
How to protect my Mac from viruses?
To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:
1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.