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Beware of fake CleanMyMac installers that will infect your Mac

MacPaw Team Discovered Malware Disguised as CleanMyMac

Cybersecurity experts recently uncovered a complex scheme involving in which attackers disguise malware as CleanMyMac to steal Mac user data.

MacPaw, maker of CleanMyMac and other utilities, has a cybersecurity division called Moonlock. During one of their investigations, they discovered a malware sample called CleanMyMac posing as a legitimate version.

The malware used various methods to penetrate computers, hide its presence and steal information. It can trick a computer into running malicious code by pretending to be a useful application, then cover its tracks to avoid detection by security tools.

Contents of the Convisar TV channel after its possible hack

He can also collect detailed information about the infected computer, such as viewing files and noting security measures, to help him carry out his plans more effectively. Malicious versions of CleanMyMac were distributed through phishing sites that imitated the official MacPaw website, using similar domains and logos to deceive users.

During the investigation, domains such as macpaw[.]us and cleanmymac[.]pro were identified among the culprits. Although these sites no longer load, there is always a risk that they may reappear under a new guise.

YouTube channels such as Convisar TV have also been hacked to promote these fake versions, redirecting unsuspecting viewers to phishing pages. The team used “cleanmymac x download full version free” to search for channels promoting malware.

How to avoid the fake CleanMyMac app

To avoid counterfeit versions, software should be downloaded directly from official websites or the App Store. Before downloading, check the website URL for authenticity, looking for spelling errors or unusual domain names.

Also, look for signs that the software is legitimate, such as digital signatures or verified reviews.

Search results for the suspicious URL “www[.]mac-clean[.]org”

For example, the official MacPaw website – macpaw . com, not macpaw.us or macpaw.pro.

Additionally, using a reliable antivirus or cleaning tool such as CleanMyMac X with Moonlock Engine to regularly scan and update your system is an important security measure. Using these strategies can significantly improve users' protection from such attacks.

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