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Short bio

OSX.FakeAV is Malwarebytes’ detection name for software that claims to offer antivirus capabilities for macOS systems when in reality they don’t.

Type and source of infection

OSX.FakeAV is a generic detection  name for any kind of software that advertises itself as an antivirus for macOS systems but fails to deliver the actual protection or detection capabilities. OSX.FakeAV is often distributed by false advertising and bundlers.


Malwarebytes for Mac detects and removes OSX.FakeAV.


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”.