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Getting started with Antivirus for Mac
The Antivirus feature detects and removes malware, viruses, Trojans, worms, and other major security threats from your Mac.
Antivirus for Mac is built into the Internet Security plugin. To start using Internet Security, open MacKeeper -> select Internet Security from the left sidebar, and click Launch Internet Security.
Next, you should see Antivirus and Adware Cleaner in the right panel. If you are using Internet Security for the first time, you’ll have to enable Antivirus first—just click Launch Antivirus.
Antivirus will start enabling. It may take a few moments.
Once Antivirus is successfully enabled, you can start using it. On the welcome screen, you should see the date of the last virus database update and the Antivirus engine version.
How to start a full Mac virus scan
To check your Mac with macOS antivirus, do the following:
- Step 1. Open the Antivirus feature, and click the blue Start Scan button in the right panel
By default, Antivirus scans your Mac’s home folder for malware and viruses.
- Step 2. Wait until the scan is over
Antivirus will show you which files are being scanned at the moment as well as the number of threats detected. This number can grow as MacKeeper uncovers new threats.
You can see the entire path to the scanned file by hovering the cursor over the path to the file.
Important: The total time needed for the Mac virus scan depends on the number of files, their size, and overall Mac performance speed.
How to scan a specific Mac file or folder for viruses
Running a custom virus scan is a good idea if you connect an external USB drive or download any new files on your Mac. Here’s how to scan a specific Mac folder for viruses:
- Step 1. Open the Antivirus feature, and click Custom Scan below the blue button in the right panel
- Step 2. Choose the folder or file you’d like to scan for threats—click the + icon, select the folder, and hit Open or drag the folder into the MacKeeper window
- Step 3. To scan several folders or files, hold down the ⌘(Command) key and select the folders you’d like to scan.
- Step 4. To remove an item from the custom scan list, click the ✖️cross sign next to the item’s name, and confirm it by clicking Remove on the confirmation window
- Step 5. Scan all the added folders or files by clicking the blue click Start Scan button
- Step 6. If you want to stop the scanning the selected items, click Stop Scan
How to remove viruses found on Mac
Once the Mac virus scan is over, you’ll see the results on your screen. If your Mac is safe, you’ll see the following screen.
If MacKeeper Antivirus detects any malicious items, you’ll see their full list on your screen.
What to do with any items Antivirus finds
You can either delete the infected items or move them to quarantine. For security reasons, we recommend deleting all infected items.
- Check if infected files are important for the system
If you suspect that the file marked as infected is important for an application or the macOS system, you can put it into quarantine. To check if the infected items are important for the system, you can check their location by pressing ^(Control) and clicking the file then selecting Reveal in Finder.
- Decide if you want to delete or quarantine the files
If the file is located in any user folder (Downloads, Documents, Pictures, Music, Desktop, Trash etc.), feel free to delete it.
If the file is located in any other folder, you may quarantine it to avoid the app or system misbehavior. Quarantined files cannot damage the system as they are blocked.
- Select the infected files to delete or quarantine
By default, MacKeeper selects all detected items. If you want to manually review each one and go through item-by-item, deselect the Check All checkbox, and select the items you want to delete or quarantine.
- To delete infected items, click the white Delete button at the bottom of the list and confirm it in the confirmation window
Next, you’ll see a “Deleting Completed” message. Note that if you didn’t delete all infected items, you’ll see the Proceed button. Click it to continue with the remaining items.
- To quarantine infected items, click the blue Quarantine button at the bottom of the list.
- Once you’re done with deleting or quarantining all found items, you can click the Restart button. This starts a new Mac virus scan to make sure your Mac is safe.
How to access the Antivirus Quarantine
The files you put into quarantine don’t disappear. Here’s how to access them:
- Step 1. Open Antivirus and click the Review button
- Step 2. Click the white Restore button to take the infected file out of quarantine—note, it might affect your Mac’s security
- Step 3. Click the blue Delete button to completely remove the selected file from your Mac