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    What do we know about PDF Security Expert and Advanced Mac Cleaner ?
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    What do we know about PDF Security Expert and Advanced Mac Cleaner ?
    I've just done what I usually resist doing and downloaded this stuff from an unrelated site - Fender Play Learning guitar / bass ! Are these legitimate ?

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    No "Mac Cleaner" is legitimate in my opinion and it should be avoided. No idea what PDF Security Expert is, but unless you need that functionality, you should delete the app. If you need PDF security, we can discuss that separately.
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    Ahh thanks for such a prompt reply RE..... I feel foolish especially since I got caught with the MacKeeper thing a few years back; should have learned the lesson - just a moment of not concentrating or paying attention. So I've run MalwareBytes, it cleared some files up and I've 'Trashed' those files I could identify. Two questions arise : 1) Is that enough ? and 2) Is it worth upgrading Malwarebytes to the paid-for version ?

    Thanks in advance....

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    Is it worth upgrading Malwarebytes to the paid-for version ?


    Collective wisdom on here says no.
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    Although, for you, the benefits may outweigh the cost. I know there are a few members here that have the paid version of MalwareBytes For Mac. Having the option for real time protection is perfect for there security conscious.
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    Food for thought for sure folks ...... thanks y'all....

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    I would run 'Detect X Swift' as well.
    Not my idea - comes from previous threads on this forum

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    Thanks krs .... but here's some Google comments about Detect X Swift

    "It appears to be a software to work with MacKeeper. MacKeeper I would avoid like the plague. If you have accidentally installed it, read this tip:.
    I need to get rid of this chill tab adwar… 3 posts 16 Aug 2018
    Adware problems 6 posts 24 Feb 2018
    WiFi connection ruined after using DetectX 2 posts 19 Feb 2018
    More results from discussions.apple.com"[/I][/B]

    Here's another :-

    "This app is garbage and very possible malicious.
    It list files that are 100% save and even list files from CleanMyMac as dangerous. WTF?
    But the worst of all, this app installs a Launchagent which could be your worst nightmare, especially from a developer who creates an app to mark similars apps as dangerous. That’s bad practice to say the least and should be avoided at all times. Shame on you!!

    My advice, stay away from this malicious app !" (Staps Fanny, MacUpdate)
    Last edited by davowolf; 04-24-2019 at 02:37 AM. Reason: additional info found

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    Interesting, davowolf.

    I never heard of Detect X Swift until it was recommended on this forum.
    Wonder what other members have to say about these comments you posted.

    I used to use ClamXav previously if I wanted to scan on of my Macs for any malware, but the message I got was that Detect X Swift was now better - not that I scan very often.
    I think there are even some posts by either malwarebytes and/or Detext X Swift on this forum somewhere.
    Last edited by krs; 04-24-2019 at 12:39 PM.

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    If you read this long thread, you will come across a long, vibrant, discussion on Malwarebytes and DetectX Swift with comments from the developers of both products.

    Both got the green light. I think comments about DetectX Swift are either very out of date or unrepresentative of majority opinion.

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    Ian what I can say based on recent experience is that Malwarebytes takes about 5 min to run on my mbp and recently found two items to quarentine.
    Out of curiosity I downloaded the free one month trial of ClamXav which took two hours to scan the Macintosh HD and returned two new items in my Library, both Trojans.
    So my impression is that Malwarebytes does a quick scan of likely locations and does find stuff. ClamXav looks everywhere and finds stuff but Detect X Swift found nothing in either case.


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    Rod, I'm in total agreement with you on this.

    My link to a very very long thread was to bring an alternative view to the debate given the quoted info provided by member davowolf in post #8.

    I use both apps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Sprague View Post
    Ian what I can say based on recent experience is that Malwarebytes takes about 5 min to run on my mbp and recently found two items to quarentine.
    Out of curiosity I downloaded the free one month trial of ClamXav which took two hours to scan the Macintosh HD and returned two new items in my Library, both Trojans.
    So my impression is that Malwarebytes does a quick scan of likely locations and does find stuff. ClamXav looks everywhere and finds stuff but Detect X Swift found nothing in either case.
    My concern would not be so much that Detect X Swift finds nothing, but that some people claim it's actually malicious and/or breaks things on the Mac (per post #8)
    When we had the long discussion in this forum a while back, the concensus was that Detect X Swift was better than ClamXav.

    Rod - the two trojans that were found with ClamXav - did you investigate that more?
    Are they actually trojans that can cause a problem on the Mac?
    I remember years ago, ClamXav found some malware on my old Mac, but it was malware that only affected Windows - I deleted it, but it never affected the Mac in any way other than taking a bit of space on my hard drive.
    Last edited by krs; 04-25-2019 at 01:46 PM.

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    krs,

    Agree!

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    krs, they did nothing as far as I could see. Both were .tar compressed files. My point being that none of the other apps located them which seems to indicate the search was pretty thorough. Necessary? That's another question. Either way I deleted them.
    What I was actually looking for was something that would flag or quarentine virus' contained in emails that I could be unwittingly passing on to windows users.
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