Ransomware Now Targeting Mac Users

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-16-2013 03:46 PM (39,251 Views)

The latest development is a variation on a “ransomware” program that has in the past only targeted Windows users. Ransomware — a version of malware that seemingly locks up a victim’s computer and demands a one-time payment to “unlock” the computer — usually masquerades as an official communication from the FBI. The highly visual warning usually accuses the user of downloading or illegally distributing “prohibited ” content, and requires the payment of a “fine” to unlock the machine. (Note to readers: the FBI doesn’t do this.) Agent Derek wrote a blog post about the Windows version of this security issue last year.


Hackers are now distributing a version of this malware online that targets Mac users. Fortunately, there is a fairly simple solution. To find out how to remove the malware or learn more about this, see this post in the Malware Bytes Unpacked blog.


For a longer discussion of ransomware on Mac OS computers, take a look at this thread in the Apple Support Communities.


If your computer has picked us a virus or is experiencing unexplained performance problems, we have Agents standing by ready to help online, instore and onsite.

Welcome to our Best Buy Community Forums.

Please review posts and solutions posted, as this may assist you in answering your questions.

For further help please visit Best Buy Support.
Geek Squad Videos

Visit our Channel on