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received email my account has been locked. is this a legitimate email.  Service@westgatespace.com?

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Is MacUpdate.com/ a legitimate site?

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Is iCloud virus alert legitimate

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received message from apple security advising 3 viruses were detected on my phone. is this legitimate?

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legitimate email, or phishing?

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is mobiledevsafety.com legitimate for viruses on iphone?

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Virus Warning unsure if it's legitimate??

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Is Scanguard MAC software legitimate?

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Is an iReminder text, telling me my Apple Id is due to expire, then asking for my personal details legitimate?

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Apple will only address you by your name and the mail will come from an address which ends ... apple.com.   If the advice does not meet these terms it is fake.

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Is Scanguard MAC software legitimate?

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Understood. I knew you were asking if it were okay to use. Not that you already had it installed.

 

To answer your original question in a technical manner; yes, they are a legitimate company. Scanguard is also $49 of wasted money. For you, that is. Not them.

 

Apparently (from reviews on it), this thing used to cost $212! And that $49 is only a one year subscription to torture your Mac with. Then you get to pay for another year, if a person were crazy enough to believe what they're selling is useful.

 

So I don't come off sounding like someone who just wants to rail against third party software like this, let's explain why it, and anything else like it is a complete waste of your time and money. Apps like MacKeeper (the all time leader in the Worst column), MacCleanse, MacCleaner, CleanMyMac, and others.

 

Here's what they say it does.

 

Boost Memory - Read it closely. I already don't trust a company that doesn't understand the difference between memory (RAM), and storage space (your hard drive or SSD). They're talking about storage space. There are more than a few free apps out there that will look for duplicate files to help you remove such items.

 

Anti Virus - And I bet it looks for Unicorns, too! There has never been an actual virus (self replicating software) that can directly infect the Mac OS. Ever. Are the perps of the world trying? I'm sure they are. But you can't find something that has yet to exist. There are plenty of Trojans. That is software you knowingly, are much more often, unwittingly install that you don't want on your computer. But it cannot get there without your help. AV software? It can't stop you from choosing to install software anymore than the OS can.

 

Enhance Performance - Naturally slow down? Seriously? There's a completely false statement. Computers aren't biological organisms that slow down like all mammals, fish, birds and other creatures do. Sure, you can cause your computer to slow down by installing all kinds of garbage on it, getting it loaded up with adware (in the Trojan category) and other junk, but there is no computer in existence that will naturally slow down as if it's aging the way people do.

 

Internet Protection - Smoke and mirrors. They don't even explain what that is. If a person is concerned about their web browser while connected to a secure web site, your browser and the site you're connecting to automatically negotiate an encryption key. From then on, all data moving between you and your bank, or whatever site you're using that's secure, is encrypted. So, anyone snagging data in transit won't be able to read it without the key. To make it ever harder, a new key is negotiated every time you log into such a site. Note the URL right where you are now. It shows a lock, meaning you're on a secure site while using these forums.

 

Firewall - Gee, I could have sworn the Mac OS already has one of those built-in. And you don't even need that if your router has a firewall, which all but the most dirt cheap ones do. With the router's hardware firewall active, you don't even need the Mac's firewall on. It won't have anything to do.

 

Browsing Performance - Here's a tip. You can do this in seconds yourself, too. Open Safari's preferences and click on the Advanced tab. Turn on the check box at the bottom. You'll see Develop has been added to the menu bar at the top of the screen. Now you can press Command+Option+E anytime you want while using Safari to clear its cache.

 

Parental Control - Err, that's also been built into the Mac OS for well over a decade. System Preferences, Users & Groups. Setup a Parental controlled account there if you need one.

 

File Protection - Yet more useless junk made to sound important. All better routers also have VPN built into them. So they're duplicating a feature you very likely already have.

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howapple Answers the question • 2017-05-16 01:15 • 1 replies Not interested

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You are wise to be unsure of this warning, because it is fake.


You are wise to be unsure of this warning, because it is fake.

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is mobiledevsafety.com legitimate for viruses on iphone?

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There are no known viruses in the wild for iOS devices, so it is definitely not legitimate. Close Safari by double-clicking the Home key and swiping up on the Safari thumbnail. Then go to Settings>Safari and click on Clear History and Website data. Then don't go anywhere near the site that you were visiting when this happened again.

 

Best of luck,

 

GB

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The links in the email are legitimate Microsoft sites, but if you never registered with Microsoft you should ignore it.

 

Someone may simply have erroneously typed your Google Mail address for their Microsoft account.

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Browsing in safari on iPad I got screen flash claiming  3 viruses detected in my iCloud  then direction to download an app from Apple


is this legitimate?


No, it is not legitimate.

 

According to: Avoid phishing emails, fake 'virus' alerts, phony support calls, and other scams - Apple Support

"When you browse the web, you might see a pop-up ad or a page warning you about a problem with your device. It might even look like the alert is coming from macOS or iOS. It isn’t. These alerts are pop-up ads, designed to trick you into calling a phony support number or buying an app that claims to fix the issue. Don’t call the number. Simply close the pop-up ad, or navigate away from that page and continue browsing."

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howapple Answers the question • 2017-08-01 01:11 • 1 replies Not interested

Is MacUpdate.com/ a legitimate site?

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Yes, this site is legitimate and reliable.


Yes, this site is legitimate and reliable.


No, it is a phishing attempt. Do not respond, or otherwise act on the email.


No, it is a phishing attempt. Do not respond, or otherwise act on the email.

received email my account has been locked. is this a legitimate email.  Service@westgatespace.com?

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Mac OS & System Softwarehowapple Replyed • 1 subscribed • 1 replies • 279 views • 2017-08-04 01:13 • May belong to these tags

Is MacUpdate.com/ a legitimate site?

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Is iCloud virus alert legitimate

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received message from apple security advising 3 viruses were detected on my phone. is this legitimate?

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legitimate email, or phishing?

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is mobiledevsafety.com legitimate for viruses on iphone?

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Virus Warning unsure if it's legitimate??

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Is Scanguard MAC software legitimate?

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Is an iReminder text, telling me my Apple Id is due to expire, then asking for my personal details legitimate?

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