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Short bio

OSX.CreativeUpdate is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a crypto-miner that targets macOS systems.


Cryptominers use a lot of system resources, so your system will seem slow.

Type and source of infection

OSX.CreativeUpdate is a cryptocurrency miner, designed to sit in the background and use your computer’s CPU to mine the Monero currency. OSX.CreativeUpdate was spread via a hack of the MacUpdate site.



Malwarebytes for Mac detects and removes OSX.CreativeUpdate


Malwarebytes for Mac will detect and remove the components of this malware.

Download and install the latest version of Malwarebytes for Mac.

Click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan.

If threats are detected during the scan, a count of detected threats is displayed. More detailed threat information is displayed after the scan completes.

Click “Confirm” to move the detected threats to Quarantaine.

If a restart is required to complete remediation of threats detected during a scan, you will be notified. When a restart is required, please remember to save all work before clicking “Restart”.