What to Do When Ransomware Strikes Your MacIt is so difficult not to worry when your Mac gets struck down by ransomware but there are ways to fix it. These attacks can even happen when you have two-factor authentication and will often display a message that demands a ransom so that your system can be unlocked again. To date, the Mac has not been affected by a serious outbreak of ransomware, but it is a very real possibility. So, what do you do if your Mac is affected?
- The first step is not to panic and do something daft like immediately pulling the plug or shutting down without closing down properly.
- Use a proper Malware scanner, like Bitdefender, to look for and eliminate the ransomware.
- Never pay the ransom – it won’t work!
- Unplug your Mac and disconnect your removable storage. This will allow you to restore your system using your backups later. Also, disconnect from network shares if you have them by clicking on the icon for Eject in Finder.