Mac maintenance utility introduces an improved and rebranded security component. ($89.95 new, free update, 120 MB, macOS 10.13+)
There’s nothing new about notification adware, system-level alerts from malicious websites that try to lure you into sharing login credentials, credit card info, or other personal information. A recent uptick in reports caused Adam Engst to explore the topic more deeply to help readers learn to identify and eliminate abusive notifications.
Brings improvements and bug fixes to the Mac maintenance utility. ($89.95 new, free update, 109 MB, macOS 10.13+)
Introduces two new sections to the Mac maintenance utility: Connected Devices and External Drives. ($89.95 new, free update, 116 MB, macOS 10.13+)
Enables you to remove outdated Xcode simulator images. ($89.95 new, free update, 112 MB, macOS 10.13+)
A macOS 13.0 Ventura bug revolving around Full Disk Access permissions is preventing real-time protection features in security software from operating. Thomas Reed of Malwarebytes shares a workaround until Apple fixes the bug in macOS 13.1.
A few months ago, Apple quietly updated Monterey, Big Sur, and Catalina with XProtect Remediator, a new malware scanner built into XProtect, so your Mac is now regularly checking for malware in the background. Howard Oakley uncovered it and offers some technical details.
Introduces an updated menu that provides improved at-a-glance information about your Mac. ($89.95 new, free update, 97.4 MB, macOS 10.10+)
Introduces a a redesigned Assistant with extended statistics and more timely recommendations. ($89.95 new, free update, 82.2 MB, macOS 10.10+)
This week, Adam asks for help tracking down an email formatting bug in TidBITS issues, points those worried about ransomware to RansomWhere and Retrospect 18, and looks at more utilities that perform OCR on text in images.
Adds native support for M1-based Macs and receives a refreshed user interface. ($89.95 new, free update, 78.2 MB, macOS 10.10+)
Malwarebytes Labs has published its annual report on the state of malware in the computer industry, with a section focusing on the Mac. The good news is that the number of malware detections is down 38% and very little detected Mac malware is dangerous; the bad news is that Apple’s security enhancements have made it harder to remove potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).
Brings numerous under-the-hood changes, UI improvements, and bug fixes to ensure compatibility with macOS 11 Big Sur. ($89.95 new, free update, 63.9 MB, macOS 10.10+)
Enables detection and removal of adware threats that install their home pages in Safari. ($89.95 new, free update, 58.3 MB)
Brings improvements and bug fixes to the all-purpose cleaning and maintenance app. ($89.95 new, free update, 57.4 MB)