What is MAC.OSX.Exploit.SafariHS
MAC.OSX.Exploit.SafariHS falls into the category of Trojan infections. A Trojan virus or a Trojan horse is a type of malware which infiltrates your Mac and starts performing malicious operations.
As MAC.OSX.Exploit.SafariHS uses identical tactics to the other Trojan viruses, it carries an identical name. In this case, users are manipulated to believe that they are downloading a software update or opening a legitimate email attachment, however, they are installing malware instead.
For example, when you install a Flash Player update or just open an email attachment on your Mac, you can install MAC.OSX.Exploit.SafariHS alongside not having a clue about it.
As soon as MAC.OSX.Exploit.SafariHS infiltrates the system, it gains control of your computer, keeps a track of all your browsing activities, records your banking details and passwords, and performs other malicious activities.
Meanwhile, MAC.OSX.Exploit.SafariHS tries to remain undetected by your antivirus software to stay onto the system as long as possible. Thus, you should remove the infection from your Mac as soon as you notice it.
How is MAC.OSX.Exploit.SafariHS distributed
Trojans are not the most popular macOS infections as they usually affect Windows OS. Yet, sometimes they infiltrate Mac computers via malicious email attachments and fake downloads.
There are different types of Trojans, however, all of them enter the system in the same way. So does the MAC.OSX.Exploit.SafariHS which infiltrates your Mac via legitimate email attachments, such as invoices, CV, or other supposedly legitimate documents containing malware.
Another way for distributing MAC.OSX.Exploit.SafariHS is via fake downloads. For instance, when people install a software update, they hardly read every step of the installation process and the Trojan enters their computers without their knowledge or permission. For that reason, when updating a program, or installing new software, users should always read “Terms and Conditions” carefully and be aware of everything they launch onto their Macs.
To keep your Mac safe, you should never trust any websites that demand you update Flash Player or any other program on your computer. If you do want to update them, the only safe source is their official websites.
Also, do not download software from any torrent website as they often contain malware. And the most important thing we already mentioned above – when you install new software, always read the “Terms and Conditions” carefully and keep your antivirus program on at all times. Otherwise, your online security might be seriously threatened.
Remove MAC.OSX.Exploit.SafariHS manually
If you find out that MAC.OSX.Exploit.SafariHS has already infected your Mac, follow the steps listed below to remove it:
Open your Launchpad, select “Other“ and then select “Activity Monitor“ from the list.
Search for any suspicious process name in the Activity Monitor, and if you find such, double-click on it.
Click the “Sample” button in the opened window. An additional window will be opened where you will see a line starting with “Path:” Select the path of the suspicious process, right click your mouse over it, and click “Copy”.
Click on any blank space on your desktop and select “Go” from the top menu. Then select “Go to Folder…“, and paste the path of the suspicious process you copied in the opened window.
Drag and Drop the file of the suspicious process to the Trash can and you’re done.