Best Mac AntiVirus Apps – What to Look For?

With Mac viruses fast becoming big business for hackers and scammers it is important we protect ourselves with effective, trustworthy and up to date virus protection. The demand for Mac virus protection is steadily increasing and so are the number of Mac antivirus softwares on the market. While choice can be a blessing, enabling you to hand pick the software that suits your needs and budget the best, it can be a bit of a hassle trawling through the competition. There are many great ones out there and albeit some mediocre ones.

When you are looking for a Mac Antivirus software to protect your cherished Mac and personal files, make sure it is…

1.) Always Up-to-Date

In order for a Mac Antivirus software to work it needs to be able to identify all Mac virus threats so when one approaches your machine it can effectively block and eradicate it. As there are thousands of new Mac virus strands created and set loose every year, in order for a Mac antivirus program to stay effective and forever keep your beloved machine out of harms way it has to stay up-to-date.

 

2.) Can Identify all Types of Mac Malware

The Common Virus, Trojan, Worms and Spyware are the main types of threatening Mac Malware. Each have different characteristics and specialisms. But even though there are only 4 main types of viruses there are hundreds of variants under each. A good Mac anti virus app needs to be equipped to cope with all of them.

 

3.) Hunt Down ‘ALL’ Lurking Mac Viruses

A lot of people are a little slow off the mark and only look to install a Mac anti virus software after an invasion of online bugs has already hit their computer. This is fine as long as the app is clever enough to overthrow the army of Mac viruses. In order to keep your Mac and personal files safe and secure every trace of the virus needs to be hunted down.

 

4.) Removes ‘ALL’ Traces of Virus

Computer viruses are very good at rapidly spreading and hiding themselves around your entire hard drive. Just like taking antibiotics for a throat infection, in order to cure the infection the solution needs to track down and eradicate all signs of unwanted invaders. This would leave your hard drive clean and pure once again.

 

5.) Fixes Damage Caused By Mac Viruses

Luckily most Mac viruses cause more of a nuisance to your computer than a devastation. If a virus has left you dealing with a slow performance, broken apps, freezing screen and missing files, then you need a program than can fix these frustrating issues and get your computer working like new again. More sever damages to your hard drive and bank account will need to be looked at by an outside professional.

 

6.) Prevents Virus Spreading

It is very easy to spread viruses from one computer to another via file sharing. A Mac compute can even spread a Microsoft infection without knowing. Some top Mac Antivirus programs can prevent you from accidentally infecting a colleagues or loved ones computer, great for your conscience and street cred.

There are loads more tips and tricks to look out for when browsing for an effective Mac antivirus software, please see our follow on article for more details.

Best Mac AntiVirus Apps – ‘What to Look For’ Continued…

In this article we are exploring the functions and features one should look for when shopping around for an effective, professional and trustworthy Mac Antivirus Program. We have already covered some essential features in our first article so to catch up please check out…

Best Mac AntiVirus Apps - What to Look For?

Now lets continue with the list 🙂

 

7.) Protects your Money

It is especially important you invest in the best Mac virus protection possible to safe guard your personal and financial information. Notorious Spyware is the usual culprit behind emptying online back accounts and they work in SILENCE. Top professional Antivirus softwares should have a feature that double backs up your passwords precious information.

 

8.) FREE Mac Antivirus Software Updates

If you payout for a software you ideally want it to be a one time thing (unless you initially get it for a real bargain). Some Mac Antivirus softwares provide free updates. Also in an ideal world these updates will be automatic, I never remember to update software and find it such a chore.

 

9.) Safeguards Children

While the word wide web can me a magical invention brimming with entertainment and knowledge it can also be a very dangerous place. Some top Mac antivirus softwares have an added parental guidance feature which helps protect children against sick sexual predators, block inappropriate adult content from popping up, prevent sneaky app store purchases and control across gaming and social sites.

 

10.) Compatible with your Mac System

Apple update their system quite often so the Mac antivirus apps have to stay on top of the changes. Even though OS X Yosemite has been available for ages, some free antivirus softwares still only work on OS X Mavericks and previous systems. If you want to install protection that works to the best of its ability then make sure you find one that is compatible with your Macs system. This shouldn’t be too difficult as most apps like to have an edge on their competitors and are usually pretty quick off the mark to stay on par with Apples updates.

NOTE: There are a couple of good free Mac antivirus softwares available to download, such as Clamxav. While they are certainly worth exploring they will naturally not be as effective as a paid for one. Aside from the obvious user-friendly controls, good graphics and the abundance of extra useful security features that professional programs come with, free apps are moderated by volunteers. In order for a Mac antivirus software to be effective it is imperative it stays up-to-date with the latest viruses rooming the web.

TIP: A lot of the professional Mac antivirus programs are similarly priced, but to give them the edge over competition some offer extra bonus features. For example I really like Mackeepers dedicated Security tool which enables your computer to be tracked if ever a thief stole it. This feature even allows you to activate the camera on your Mac from you location to record the criminals identify, talk about getting caught red handed!

MEGA TIP: Reading product reviews can be very interesting and insightful, especially Mac Antivirus software comparison review, but actually trying out and experiencing a product first hand is second to none. Some Mac antivirus softwares even offer a Free trial download! So what are you waiting for?

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Pt 4

If you have just joined us, please feel free to browse our previous articles in this category…

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses  – Part 1

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Part 2

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Part 3

In that last instalment we conclude our list of the 12 biggest and most common ways our precious Apple computers can fall prey to evil Mac viruses.

How to Scan Your Mac for Virus

10.) ‘Out of Date’ Mac Antivirus Software

In order to keep your Mac cushioned and safe from relentless online virus attacks you must install a dedicated Mac antivirus software that will stay on top of the pressure and demand. Hackers and scammers quickly create and release new virus codes in an attempt to bypass virus protection barriers. If an antivirus program is not alert and up-to-date they will not identify the approaching threats, leaving you vulnerable to a Mac virus invasion.

TIP: Only install a professional Antivirus program that will identifying all types of threats old and NEW.

Note: While any top professional app should provide software updates to ensure your Mac warns off any new virus threats, they are not always automatic. If you are anything like me and can not rely on yourself to be alert and regularly check your Mac antivirus program for any updates, a software that provides automatic updates may be more suitable. After all I would hate your computer to get an infection simply because you forgot to update your protection app.

 

11.) Mac Antivirus App is ‘No Longer Compatible’

Apple regularly update their system and release an entire system overhaul every two years or so. With this in mind it is important that your Mac Antivirus app stays on top of the changes. Most dedicated professional applications are very good at this as they are obviously keen to beat their competitors to the update, but free antivirus apps however are either a one off or only maintained by a volunteer so they often take ages to catch up with the new system and left incompatible. If your Macs Antivirus program is incompatible then you leave the risk of your Mac being a sitting duck with no protection against virus attacks.

TIP: While new and exciting Antivirus apps look snazzy and talk the talk, there is no proof they can walk the walk like established programs such as Norton, Kasperky and Mackeeper. They may of course be brilliant but as they are so new you do not know if the company is still afloat by the next time Apple release a new system update, older apps that have stood the test of time however are going to actively ride the changes.

 

12.) User Stubbornness

The last and biggest way viruses can infect a Mac is ‘user stubbornness’. We all know that the internet is riddled with nasty computer viruses of all shapes and sizes, especially if you were once a Microsoft user as you would have no doubt had first hand experience with viruses. One of the very first things we are taught in IT lessons is to ignore and immediately delete dodgy popups and Websites. We know that we should tread carefully when making purchases online and to not download illegal content off shifty sites. If we all behaved like gold star students than computer viruses would have a harder time cracking into our systems. Instead people splash the cash online, freely handing over their bank card details to all sorts of unestablished sites, sharing unchecked files with one another left right an centre and downloading loads of pirate files. Theres no wonder Mac viruses are a major threat.

TIP: Wise up and pay close attention to all the Mac viruses tips we have noted in our ‘How Can Viruses Infect a Mac – Top 12 list’. I understand that you can not be alert 100% of the time so to ensure your computer stays virus free, install a Mac antivirus software. Please see our ‘Best Mac Antivirus Comparison Review’ to find out what app is ideal for you.

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Pt 3

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Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses  – Part 1

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Part 2

Here we are continuing our list of the biggest and cost common ways our cherished Apple Mac computers can fall prey to nasty Mac viruses.

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7.) ‘External Devices’ can Spread Mac Viruses

An external device is a physical tool that we stick in and connect to our computer. Any external device that can store data and files such as a CD, DVD, USB stick, external hard drive etc, can get infected a Mac virus. When you connect this corrupted device with your computer and pull off any of the stored files you run the major risk of infecting your machine with the lurking Mac malware.

TIP: These useful storage devices do not go sour and get contaminated by a rouge Mac virus by themselves, they will only be infected if someone saved a dodgy file onto it. So if you have a personal external storage device you do not have to fear, just be careful about ordering devices already containing files off the internet, for example you may order a software installation DVD. Just be cautious and make sure that you only order these files and devices from a trustworthy source.

 

8.) Beware ‘Mobile Malware’

While computer viruses are still big business with literally thousands of different Mac target threats set loose every day on the world wide web, cybercriminals have recently utilised mobiles as a way to speed infections. Recently there was an incident when some geeky criminal masterminds developed an app fro Android phones. It was posted on Google Play and labeled as a utility app. While the app may have look like a convincing utility application on the outside, it was riddled with a virus on the inside. Once the app was successfully installed onto a phone, the virus would fill the devices memory with malware. The next time the phone synced and connected to the computer the sleeping malware would wake and seep into the computer, eek!

TIP: It is scary that even scammers can get their dodgy apps published on top sites such as Google play. To avoid a Mac virus invasion, be patient and wait for others to install the app and write reviews.

 

9.) ‘Social Media’ Spreading Spree

Shockingly a whopping three quarters of all Mac malware and computer viruses are spread across our computers like wild fire via social media sites. Understandably social sites make it super easy to share files with one another, but the downside is that users get too trusting and fall easy pray to scammers that wish to savagely exploit this avenue.

TIP: Social media is the worlds largest platform for spreading all formats of viruses. If you use social media sites then the best way to keep your computer and personal details safe and out of harms way is to only except files from trusted friends (people you actually know in human form) and ultimately back up your computer with an effect Mac Antivirus software, just incase become under attack.

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Pt 2

In this article we are continuing our breakdown of the many dastardly in which a virus can infect your precious Mac. If you missed the first part feel free to catch up here….‘Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Part 1’

Mac Viruses

5.) ‘Fake Emails’ can Come Loaded with Mac Viruses

With our personal email addresses being sold on to throe parties third parties left right and Centre no ones mail box is free from scammers and nasty threats. The dodgy emails are disguised well and while some focus on enticing you to download a document (containing virtual bugs) others have a much more sinister prerogative…

Tip: If you have an random email that you did not request and is not relevant to any newsletter you have signed up for in the past, perhaps a weight loss one or one promoting how to make buckets of money online etc, then I suggest you just ignore their content and delete them outright. However, if you receive an email off a bank or even Paypal then proceed with iron clad caution.

These emails can be disguised very cleverly, the scammers have made them look convincingly authentic with identical fonts and graphics to fool you. The content usually asks you to log into your account – under “NO” circumstances follow any links and log into your online accounts, these links will be rigged with spyware!!!

Often these types of emails ironically make you concerned about the safety of your account. If you are curious or worried in anyway then go through the usual channels and call up your accounts customer support or log in via the main professional websites, never via an email link!

NOTE: It is not always bank and PayPal accounts that scammers like to duplicate. Even other types of popular websites such as eBay have been copied as a way to get your password details. Just be wise and tread carefully.

 

6.) Infect Mac with virus by ‘Sharing Files’

Whether your are sending important work documents to a colleague or pictures of last weekends hilarious bachelorette party over to a friend, for most of us sharing files is just a normal part of our day. But unfortunately sharing files is one of the biggest and most common ways Mac viruses spread from computer to computer. While you may be crazy cautious about what type of sites you visit online and ensure you only download files via legitimate companies, your friend may be a bit slack leaving you and your computer vulnerable.

We are only on ‘way 6’ in this chapter on how Mac viruses can attack and it is clear to see how so many people fall into a trap and get infected, so unless your friend, work college, business contact, family member etc are watchful they can easily transfers a virus over to your machine via a simple seemingly harmless file transfer. If your friends machine is infected with a Mac virus then it is likely that a offspring of that bug latches on to the transferred file. As soon as the file hits its destination (your Mac) it will hop off its ride and start wreaking havoc on your machine, that is unless you are protected by a Mac Antivirus Software of course.

Tip: As you can not spend your life refusing to open files sent from close ones, the only way to really eradicate any virus threat is to have the protection of a Mac Antivirus Software.

To continue our list of please check out ‘Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Part 3’

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses

So I think we can agree that a Mac virus attack is a situation we could all do without and the first step to avoiding a potentially disastrous invasion is to know how the bugs get in.

There are countless ways in which a nasty virus can hitch a ride onto your beloved machine and they are getting more and more creative! Lets start with the most obvious and traditional methods and work our way up, and of course cover the ways we can prevent an invasion…

Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses

 

1.) Corrupt Downloads

I think every one knows that they are playing with fire if they choose to download illegal files off suspect websites. Dodgy downloads are the age famous way to infect your computer with Mac malware. These files come in all formats from music, apps, softwares, movies to games. Even a simple picture can cause an infection.

Tip: Be internet wise and make sure you are confident in the source in which you are downloading files.

Note: While back in the day the criminal websites themselves would look as shifty as the alluring file downloads but now they can look like professional sites with legit content. Just be aware that if a download seems ‘too good to be true’, perhaps it is a free copy of Adobe Photoshop worth $1000, then it probably is and instead of getting the latest photo editing software you are installing a virus!

 

2.) Dodgy Websites

Now we have just highlighted the fact that suspect websites entice you in with attractive looking downloads, there are many evil websites that can infect your machine just by loading the URL, YIKES!

Tip: There may not be much you can do once you have loaded the site up (except source an effective Mac Antivirus Software to kill off the bugs), so just make sure you pay attention to odd looking URLs, especially when you are swimming in dangerous waters i.e. searching for topics that are ideal for these sorts of websites to target such as illegal downloads.

 

3.) Malicious Popups

Have you ever visited a website only to have your desktop littered with irrelevant popups, usual gambling ads? Yes I thought so.

I don’t mean to scare you, there is nothing wrong with pop up ads in general and 9 times out of 10 they are completely harmless. Popups ads are just another way to grab a visitors attention, most top websites have them after all.

Tip: It is the unknown websites you visit that leave irrelevant uncalled for pop ups sitting on your desktop that you need to be weary of. If you find these popups don’t panic, simply delete them off your screen and forget about it. What ever happens, do not get sucked into their message and click on them!

 

4.) Online Ads

As more people choose a criminal career in virus spreading the more dangerous it is to cruise the web carefree (without Mac Antivirus protection). The masterminds behind the virtual bugs have found a way to make even popular legitimate sites threatening, by infecting online ads. Some leading websites have been a bit too relaxed with their passwords or have software flaws that enable Mac viruses such as ‘malvertisements’ to show on the webpage.

Malvertisments are online ads that have malicious code hidden inside them and when an unassuming visitor enters the site where a malvertisement shows (which of course looks like a regular add) their computer is at serious risk of being automatically infected. They are a dangerous form of Mac malware as they can silently infect countless computers rapidly.

Tip: Unfortunately there is know way you could foresee whether a top website is infected it malvertisements or not. The only way to avoid a potential attack is to have an effective Mac Antivirus Software active on your Mac.

To continue our list of please check out ‘Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Part 2’

How to Fix Damage to Mac Caused by Viruses?

What is Mac Malware

Unfortunately there are many forms of a Mac viruses – the common Virus, Trojans, Worms and the dreaded Spyware. All types of Mac virus are generally known as Malware. They all have certain characteristics and specialise in tormenting you and you computer is different ways.

For more information on the different types of Mac viruses and how they effect your computer, please check out our Mac Virus category.

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How Can Viruses Infect a Mac?

There are loads of ways a Mac virus can invade your machine…

You probably already know to stay clear of the obvious unfamiliar emails and dodgy websites with irrelevant pop-ups. But did you know that friends can accidentally spread a virus over to your Mac via a normal email or file sharing? The stealthy virus can secretly attach itself to the shared file and your friend can unintentional send it over and infect your computer. You can be tricked by clever fabricated emails that look like one from your bank, even eBay and PayPal have been copied. You can install them via seemly harmless downloads, anything from apps, games, music tracks to pictures and PDFs. Even external devices such as CDs, DVDs and USB pen drives can inject a disastrous infection.

 

Why are Mac Viruses so Damaging?

Thankfully most Mac viruses are not a deadly disease for your computer and often just cause a nuisance until you eradicate the infection with a trusted and professional Mac Antivirus Software.

These annoying symptoms can be:

  • Your entire Mac running slow
  • Screen freezing
  • Individual apps playing up and randomly shutting down
  • Files mysteriously getting deleted
  • Internet browser controls being hijacked

However… Some viruses if left undiscovered and untreated can cause permanent damage to your computer and even your bank balance…

Spyware is the one to watch when it comes to your private details. Unlike many other viruses that will let their presence be known almost immediately by effecting the speed and performance of your Mac, spyware is a silent predator. It will lurk in the shadowy depths of your computer and patiently wait for you to enter in personal details. These may be account passwords, card details etc. It will then record these findings and send the knowledge over to a third party criminal eeek!

 

How to Avoid a Mac Virus Invasion?

To avoid any brow sweating moments or heart ache in the future it is always wise to safeguard your Mac and personal files and details with a Mac Antivirus Software. You do not have to be under a virus attack to install one, infact it is better to get one ASAP as it will warn off any threats.

Please check out our Best Mac Antivirus Software Comparison Review for more details.

 

How to Fix Damage Caused by Mac Viruses?

While you would have to be pretty unlucky for your Macs hard drive to get damaged by a rouge virus, it is very common for individual apps and files to be corrupted.

The best way to get your Mac and damaged applications back to normal is to delete and remove all files associated with the corrupted application correctly using a Mac Uninstaller and then download and fresh copies of the apps.

This of course can be a lot of manual work and frustrating as the new apps will not contain any of your saved settings, such as browser bookmarks etc. Mac Antivirus softwares are usually excellent at finding and fixing the damaged caused by viruses automatically, leaving your handy saved settings untouched and in their rightful place.

 

How to Safeguard Mac against Future Attacks?

The best way to safe guard your cherished Mac from any future virus attacks is simple… get a Mac Antivirus Software on board!

How to Know if your Mac is Infected by a Virus?

What is a Mac Virus

mac got a virusIn short a Mac virus is a nasty piece of code that infects and spreads throughout your cherished computer. Some Mac viruses can be relatively harmless and just cause your machine or certain apps to run a bit slow. Others however can permanently damage your Macs hard drive, delete important files and even spy on you to steal your valuable personal information.

There are different types of Mac viruses – the common Virus, Worms, Trojans and Spyware. Collectively they are sometime referred to as ‘Malware’.

 

How to Know if your Mac is Infected by a Virus

Due to the different types of Mac malware having certain characteristics, there are various side effects your Mac can suffer from.

1.) Mac Running slow

Sometimes the rapidly spreading Mac virus can cause annoying physical side effects. You may notice your Mac beginning to run slowly without warning or perhaps your screen randomly freezes from time to time.

If you notice that your Mac is suddenly starts to suffer from any of these physical symptoms, then there is a chance your computer maybe infected with a virtual bug. We suggest you use a ‘Professional Mac Antivirus Software’ to eradicate the multiplying virus and rewind any damage it may cause.

 

2.) Apps Playing Up

Certain Mac viruses prefer to just focus on a single app. So even if your Mac in general is running smoothly but an application has started to act out, being slow, freezing, shutting down on auto etc, then you may still have a pest problem to fix.

 

3.) Can’t find Valuable Files

Some virus can actually munch up and delete saved files. So if you have just spent the past half an hour searching for a file you are adamant you saved, then a lurking infection may be the culprit.

 

4.) Your Internet Browser is Stuck

It is quite common for your internet browsers to get hijacked by a virtual nasty, especially since there are in the front line of fire for online bugs. You will be able to tell if your internet browser is infected as you will not be able to make changes to your homepage and general settings. The viruses can make it so difficult to restore any of the default settings that you usually have to delete you entire web browser and reinstall. Not the end of the world, but very annoying if you have a lot of stored bookmarks and saved passwords.

 

5.) The Worst Mac Virus Effect is…

The worse and potentially the most scary virus effect is noticing NOTHING…. If you have challenged by any of the above physical symptoms then the blessing in disguise it that you will be able to sort out the pest problem before any irreversible damage is done. Spyware infections can easily go unnoticed for quite some time and in my opinion the main Mac virus to be on guard about, especially if you shop online or do any online banking. Spyware is designed to silently go unnoticed. It lurks in the background waiting to take note of your valuable personal details, then it send over the date to a third party criminal.

As spyware is almost invisible but can have devastating effects, it is a good idea to regularly scan your Mac for virtual hidden nasties with a professional Mac Antivirus Software. Compare the top ones here ‘Best Mac Antivirus software Comparison Review’.

How to Scan Your Mac for Virus – OS X Yosemite

Can Macs Catch a Virus?

While Microsoft computers are known for being bombarded by a wall of ferocious viruses every time they go online, Mac computers are infamously naturally stronger. Macs come already equipped with a mild defense against nasty bugs. However, as the popularity of Apple products continue to rocket sky high, so do the amount of intrusive Mac targeted viruses. Unfortunately no Mac computer is 100% bullet proof by itself as mentioned here in this Apple disclaimer…

How to Scan Your Mac for Virus

BUT it can be with the backup of a dedicated Mac antivirus software…

 

What are Mac Viruses?

In a nutshell a Mac virus is a nasty bit of code that can latch onto you beloved computer and wreak havoc. They can damage your Mac internally and make it play up and run frustratingly slow. They can even lurk quietly waiting to take note of your important private details, yikes! They spread and infect via unassuming emails, clicking onto dodgy websites and can attach themselves onto any type of download i.e. apps, games, music etc. External devices such as CDs, DVDS and USB pen drive can even carry an infection.

If you to dig a littler deeper into the dark uninviting world of Mac viruses you will discover that there are several types of Mac viruses – the common virus, Mac spyware, Trojans and worms. They are collectively know as Malware.

For in-depth information on the different types of Mac malware and how they can terrorize your computer and files please check out Mac Antivirus Category.

 

How do You Know if your Mac is Infected by a Virus?

If your Mac has suddenly, uncharacteristically began to run slowly, started playing up or freezing, especially after a suspect download or website then your machine may be infected with a virus. However Mac viruses can be stealthy and room around in quiet disguise and you can go along time before even realising you have one, but then it could be too late… Because of this we suggest that every Mac user should scan their computers regularly with a professional Anti Virus Software, just to be on the safe side.

 

How to Scan your Mac for Viruses

The only answer really is to ‘install a dedicated Mac antivirus tool’ (a professional app from a reputable website and company of course, we wouldn’t want a dodgy free one infecting your computer…that would be ironic!)

For a comparison review with helpful charts, please check out ‘Best Mac Antivirus Software Comparison Review’.

Mac antivirus softwares

 

The best Free Mac antivirus software is probably ‘ClamXav’. While there are no thrills attached to this little app, it can do a good job of ratting out any lurking nastiest. It can scan your main computer and even certain selected files.The only downside is that this tool not very beginner friendly. But if you are a confident Mac user and know your stuff then by all means give it a whirl right now!

The best paid for apps are certainly Mackeeper, Norton and Kaspersky. Anyone of these softwares are the bees knees in the Mac antivirus software world, and know what they are doing. They are very obvious and easy to use and will hunt down and destroy all hidden Mac viruses. They will also help to fix any damaged caused by the once rouge viruses.

These softwares do vary in price quite a lot and come with different bonus features, so I would certainly suggest you check out the comparison review to help pick your favourite.

How to Reply to a Message on Your Mac – OS X Yosemite

messages macWelcome back! We have just covered how send a Message via the Messages app on your Mac. If you missed this article or would like to recap you can visit it here…

In this quick and simple tutorial we will be showing you how to reply to Messages you receive on your Mac computer.

So here we go..

 

Quick Reply Notification on Mac

You will notice if you are not currently using your Mac Messages App the notifications centre will pop up to tell you a new message has been received in the top right corner of your screen. If will pop up with a brief description of the message and buttons that say Reply or Close.

1) To reply to the message click reply

2) A small text box will now come up

3) Enter your reply

4) Hit the return button to send the message

 

Other Ways to Reply to Your Mac Messages

There are other ways to reply to your messages than just the quick reply. The quick reply option is pretty limited as you cannot send any media file or icons.

For a more detailed reply and the option I use most:

1) Open up your Messages Application

2) You will be able to see all your contacts and their message history when you click on them, choose a contact you would like to reply too

3) You will see their full message history in full and deicide what you would like to reply to them with, maybe you would like to add a photo, a video etc?

4) Type your reply in the message box and hit the return button to send your message.

5) If your contact reply’s back to you the message will pop up in the same box with all your message history

 

How to Delete a Message on Mac

1) To delete a message of your own or a recipients click the message once

2) You will notice that message will now be highlighted

3) To delete the message hit the delete key

4) The message is now deleted, the same method also applies for photo’s and videos

 

How to Add Emoji to Your Mac Messages

1) When you are sending a reply to someone you will notice on the right hand side of the message box is an icon of a smiley face

2) Click the smiley face icon

3) Many Emoji icons will now pop up, to use one click on the appropriate icon and it will be added to your message.

 

Activate ‘Do Not Disturb’ on Mac

There may some a point in time where you do not want to be disturbed with incoming messages on your Mac. Sometimes if you are part of a group message loads of reply that may not concern you will keep on coming through. To activate Do Not Disturb:

1) Click on the persons message you no longer want to receive reply’s from

2) At the top right on the message window will be a button names Details 

3) Click Details and you will see a Do Not disturb option to mute the conversation

4) Tick the box Do Not Disturb

5) To deactivate uncheck the box

 

Send a Voice Reply on Mac

To send a voice reply instead of a standard message next to the Emoji icon is an image of a microphone, click and hold to record your message. Release and hit Return key to send.