Exploit.MAC.CVE-2016-1757 Trojan Removal

George Herman
George Herman
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What is Exploit.MAC.CVE-2016-1757

Exploit.MAC.CVE-2016-1757 is a dangerous Trojan Horse infection. It is both stealthy and destructive. A virus like this is more than capable of spying on its victims, as well as wreak total havoc on the infected system. Hackers can monitor your online activity, as well as spy on you via your web cam and microphone. The sooner you find out that your Mac has been infiltrated by this parasite, the better. You must not allow this virus to stay on your Mac any longer. The more time you give it, the more damages it will cause.

How it operates

It is not necessary for the Exploit.MAC.CVE-2016-1757 Trojan to activate right after it gains access. It might take a while before it starts to cause damages, which is why its detection is so hard. However, there are some typical symptoms that follow a successful Trojan Horse infiltration that you should be aware of: overall poor PC performance, slow internet speed, modified Registry, deleted or corrupted files and tasks, the installation of unknown software, unresponsive apps, abnormal amount of intrusive ads and pop-ups, frequent system crashes, etc.

How it is distributed

The good news is, that the Exploit.MAC.CVE-2016-1757 Trojan cannot hack your Mac on its own, since it is not as advanced. The only way it can gain access to your device, is if you alone grant it permission to invade. Usually, this happens without the knowledge of the user. In most cases, nasty parasites are disguised as bonus content in software bundles, the existence of which will not be properly disclosed, hence the user’s confusion how this virus was able to infiltrate in the first place. To prevent unwanted software to get automatically installed on your computer, you need to be very diligent when installing programs. We suggest opting out of any optional installations, since that’s most likely just parasites in disguise, looking for a way in your Mac system. Other distribution methods include torrent files, fake update messages, email attachments and unreliable ads.

Staying safe from Exploit.MAC.CVE-2016-1757 Trojan horse

Apart from having a reliable AV software installed on your Mac, there are other things you can do to ensure your device’s safety. We highly recommend you to:

  • Pay close attention when you install third-party software, especially torrent files, so you don’t install shady additional applications that you don’t want. In most cases, that’s how malicious parasites are able to infect your computer;
  • Read any Terms and Conditions you see, so you know exactly what you agree to. The last thing you want is to unknowingly give permission to a nasty virus to infiltrate your Mac;
  • Follow links that lead to trustworthy sites only;
  • It is best to visit only reliable and official websites. You never know what dangers might lurk behind an unfamiliar site;
  • No matter how attractive an ad is, if you are not familiar with the website it redirects to, it might be best to steer clear of it and not click;
  • Always check the sender’s email address before opening a message. If it states that it’s from an official company, compare the email with the one given in their official page. If there is no match, delete the message, since it most likely is fake and has malicious aims;
  • Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders. More often than not, such files carry infections that can seriously damage your computer.

How to manually remove Exploit.MAC.CVE-2016-1757 Trojan horse from Mac

If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Exploit.MAC.CVE-2016-1757 Trojan Horse, the instructions below can help you to remove it manually. Here’s what you need to do:

1. First, start by finding all registry entries added by Exploit.MAC.CVE-2016-1757 and deleting them. You do this by holding down the Option key while looking at the Go menu in Finder to access the ~/Library folder. Find all related entries and delete them one by one.

2. Go to Utilities. You can do that by using the ⇧+⌘+U key combination, or by going to Finder and choosing Utilities from the Go main menu at the top.

3. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it.

4. A list will be displayed. Find any processes that seem suspicious to you and use the ‘Force Quit‘ option to quit them completely.

5. Open Finder. Click on the Go button from the main menu at the top, and choose Applications. An alternative way is to use the ⇧+⌘+A key combination.

6. Look for any suspicious applications, especially ones with a name similar to Exploit.MAC.CVE-2016-1757. If any are found, right-click on them and select the ‘Move to Trash‘ option.

7. Remove any related left-over files by going to Finder‘s search bar and typing the name of the app you want to remove. Make sure to modify the two drop down menus above to ‘System Files‘ and ‘Are Included‘, so that any hidden files are visible for you to remove. Once you find the files you want to remove, simply drag them to Trash.

8. All that’s left for you to do is remove any related extensions to Exploit.MAC.CVE-2016-1757 from your Mac browsers.

For Mozilla Firefox extensions:

  • Open the Firefox browser and from the ‘burger’ menu in the top right corner of the window select ‘Add-ons’.
  • Select any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and click ‘Remove’.

For Google Chrome extensions:

  • Open the Chrome browser and select Tools > Extensions from the menu (the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window).
  • Locate any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and remove them.

For Safari extensions:

  • Open the Safari browser. From the Safari menu choose Preferences. Select Extensions from the options at the top.
  • Find any extensions you think are related to the virus, select them and click ‘Uninstall’. A new window will show up asking for confirmation. Click Uninstall again, for the extension to get deleted permanently from your browser.

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