What is MAC.OSX.Trojan.Lamadai
MAC.OSX.Trojan.Lamadai is the detection name of a virus, which belongs to the Trojan horse category. After a successful infiltration, this Trojan will provide remote control for its creators, which seek to damage the computer system and obtain your private data. That being said, you do not wish to fall victim to such malicious software. If you were unlucky to get your Mac infected with this virus, you can learn how the infection took place, what symptoms give away MAC.OSX.Trojan.Lamadai‘s presence, and how to remove it. All you have to do is keep reading this article.
How it is distributed
The good news is, that the MAC.OSX.Trojan.Lamadai Trojan can only invade with your permission. It is not an advanced virus which can hack computers on its own. The most common distribution methods are freeware, fake update messages, torrent files, software ‘bundling’, email attachments, as well as infected ads and pop-ups. What usually happens is, that a user stumbles upon an online message, stating that they need to update an app (usually Flash Player). Then, they are prompted to make the necessary download, but in reality, they will be downloading shady software from an unreliable source. That’s why you need to make sure you get your updates directly from developers’ official pages, instead of blindly trusting a random pop-up message.
How it operates
A Trojan horse virus is capable of stealthily invading its victim’s device. However, they do not necessarily start to wreak havoc straight after they infiltrate. It may take some time before they get activated. That’s why their detection is difficult. But, there are some common symptoms that give away that they are lurking somewhere on the system. Such symptoms include a modified Registry, deleted or corrupted files and processes, lagging, slow internet connection, hijacked browsers, numerous intrusive adverts, unknown software that you have no memory of ever installing yourself, unresponsive apps, etc. What’s worse, cyber criminals may get the opportunity to spy on you, thanks to this virus, They will not only monitor your online activity, but watch your every step through your web camera and microphone. Data theft is also something common for this type of virus. Sensitive information like passwords, IP addresses, bank accounts, credit card numbers, Login credentials, etc. can be very beneficial for the creators of the MAC.OSX.Trojan.Lamadai Trojan, since they can sell it to other third-parties. Overall, Trojan horses are a nuisance to have on your computer, so the longer you delay their removal, the worse your situation will get.
Staying safe from MAC.OSX.Trojan.Lamadai 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 MAC.OSX.Trojan.Lamadai Trojan horse from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the MAC.OSX.Trojan.Lamadai 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 MAC.OSX.Trojan.Lamadai 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 MAC.OSX.Trojan.Lamadai. 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 MAC.OSX.Trojan.Lamadai 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.