Maftask is a help process for Mac Auto Fixer, a very common adware program. It claims to clean your Mac from viruses, but will insert ads into your browser and run itself at startup.
This article is part of our ongoing series explaining various processes found in Activity Monitor, although this is different from the rest as while kernel_task, hidd and installd are normal system processes, is maftask malicious code and should be deleted .
How did the computer go?
You probably installed it alongside another application. Mac Auto Fixer is bound by malicious code, which means that when you install something from an unreliable source (pop-up ads, scam e-mails, etc.), it is installed with the app you intended to install. This is a common way to get malware on Mac and other computers, as it does not require hacking or exploitation of the operating system or browser.
MacOS is no longer safe from malware. Malware used to focus mainly on Windows, but now adware and scamware are much more common on a Mac than it used to be. Everything is much safer now, and scamware that users install directly is the most common form of malware.
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For most things, the best antivirus software you can have is a little technical sense. Do not install software from ads or pop-up browser ads, as most of these are either fraud or malicious malware. On a Mac, you can also stick to just trusted sources like the Mac App Store.
How do I get rid of it?
Often, malicious software will familiarize itself with other programs to stay hidden and become difficult to remove. Fortunately, Mac Auto Fixer is not a completely nasty program and stays in its own app container. Removing it is as easy as removing the app.
You can find the app carefully in the Applications folder in your home directory. Start Finder and click on "Programs" to find it. Just right-click (or right-click) the Mac Auto Fixer program and move it to the Trash. Restart your Mac afterwards to verify that the app has been removed. It can also be in the System Applications folder, which is located in the root of your hard drive.
Alternatively, try removing it automatically with Malwarebytes, a free (and legitimate) malware scanner for MacOS. Malwarebytes will have the added benefit of deleting all files associated with Mac Auto Fixer and other malicious software you may have installed.
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