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Antivirus software against ransomware?
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Jul 15, 2016, 01:53 PM

my parents are already a bit older, they have iMacs running 10.9 and 10.11. My dad has some antivirus software installed.
I read some ransomware was on its way through the web.

Any help? What can we do? Do we need to do something? Should I warn them? Does the antivirus software help? (I could install it on the other iMac, too, I think).

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Jul 15, 2016, 02:57 PM
Hi Peter!

There are some free utilities here:

You can find one against ransomware on the following link:

Also, this is a well know utility to remove malware:
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Jul 15, 2016, 06:47 PM
Peter, if you tell them to keep Gatekeeper on "Mac App store and registered developers" and tell them to not enter their credentials unless they know absolutely what it's for, they should be fine.
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Jul 16, 2016, 01:37 PM
Well, or you can make their OS X account a non-admin account.

Install anything critical yourself.

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