When it comes to problems that pop up all over the place, one thing is common. Scammers are ingenious, devilish, and, if ever caught by authorities, should be forced to watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians 12 hours a day. If you’ve ever had this pop up scammer ad, here’s a solution.
The most flagrant Mac malware we’ve seen recently is a pop up support ad, usually infecting Macs after users visit unscrupulous or notorious websites, often in search of movie downloads, or free applications.
You’ve probably seen such pop up advertising which claims your Mac has been infected with a virus, and you need to call an 800-number for assistance.
Here’s the problem.
There are very few viruses in the wild which Macs can contract, and your Mac will not invoke a pop up with an 800-number for technical support. It’s a scam, preying upon those who don’t know what’s going on.
Worse, often this pop-up ad won’t go away. It stays on the screen and locks up Safari, preventing a different page from loading. Here’s the solution. It’s called ScamZapper, a free Safari extension which can be used to block the offending pop-up ad.
ScamZapper works, but the scam artists are tricky and continually use new domain names. So, either avoid those sites which can infect your Mac with the sticky pop-up advertising, or keep ScamZapper updated. It’s an extension for Safari so installation and management is simple and fast.