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Scan and quarantine malware in OS X

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The way OS X is built means the risk of getting a virus on your Mac is low. Apple has done a very good job at keeping our machines protected, but many will want to strive for added peace of mind. Thanks to the constant expansion of the Mac App Store, there’s now a plethora of virus scanners available to download.

We highly recommend the Bitdefender Virus Scanner above all other scanners on the App Store, even more so when it’s completely free to download. In the following steps we’ll show you how to correctly set up the app and how to start a small scan before a full system scan. There’s also a quick guide on setting scanning parameters within Bitdefender as well.

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1. Update definitions

When you first open up the app, select the Update Now option. This will give the app the latest virus definitions, which helps identify some of the latest malware and virus threats.

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2. Perform a custom scan

Go ahead and select the Custom Scan option. A custom scan can be tailored to your exact needs, depending on the areas you want to be scanned and how long you want it to take.

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3. Select apps

Now go ahead and select all the apps and directories that you want scanned. After you’ve put together your list, select the Open button and then Scan on the next menu.

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4. Track the scan

The scan will now begin and you’ll be able to track its progress at the bottom. If at any point you want to stop the scan, use the Cancel option that’s provided within the app.

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5. Deep scan

As an alternate, select the Deep Scan option to undertake a full and detailed scan of your Mac. If you’ve noticed some slowdown, this is a great way of finding the problem.

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6. Infected files

If the scan finds an infected file, select the Reveal in Finder option to open the file’s directory. Here you can now permanently delete it from your Mac.

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