What is MAC.OSX.Hacktool.Rubilyn
Trojan horse infections are one of the most feared ones. And with good reason. These viruses are extremely damaging to the systems they infect and are capable of many malicious actions, including opening backdoors for other threats. MAC.OSX.Hacktool.Rubilyn is a representative of such Trojan virus.
How it is distributed
What you need to know is that MAC.OSX.Hacktool.Rubilyn can only infiltrate your mac if you allow it to. That being said, it cannot hack your device on its own. Most likely, it managed to slip onto the system via software bundles, freeware or fake update messages. Other distribution methods include email attachments, torrent files and infected ads. It is very important to be diligent and careful during an installation process. Malicious software is often disguised as an optional installation. Luckily for you, there is a way to prevent the installation of such viruses. All you have to do is look for any bonus programs that may be included and opt out of their installation.
How it operates
Trojans do not necessarily get active straight after a successful infiltration. They can remain idle for some time, until they are activated, which is why their detection is very hard. But once a Trojan virus gets to work, you’ll notice certain symptoms that indicate of its presence. The overall performance of your Mac will decrease, the internet speed will become slower than before, apps will start to be unresponsive to your actions. You may even find that some of your files have been either corrupted or deleted. Trojan viruses may allow hackers to spy on you – both physically and virtually. They can monitor every move you make through your web cam and microphone, as well as follow in real time what you’re doing online. That being said, your privacy can become compromised, if you do not act against this virus ASAP! Secure your Mac and protect your privacy by removing the MAC.OSX.Hacktool.Rubilyn Trojan, before it is able to cause severe damages that could be beyond repair. The longer you delay, the more time you give it to wreak havoc on the system and get its hands on sensitive personal information.
Staying safe from MAC.OSX.Hacktool.Rubilyn 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.Hacktool.Rubilyn Trojan horse from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the MAC.OSX.Hacktool.Rubilyn 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.Hacktool.Rubilyn 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.Hacktool.Rubilyn. 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.Hacktool.Rubilyn 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.