Maftask is a helper process for Mac Auto Fixer, a very common adware program. He claims to clean your Mac of viruses, but inserts ads into your browser and runs at startup.
This article is part of our ongoing series that describes various processes that can be found in Activity Monitor. However, this is different from the rest While kernel_task, hidd and installd are normal system processes, maftask is malware and should be removed.
How did this happen on my computer?
You probably unknowingly installed it next to another application. The Mac Auto Fixer is bundled malware. So, if you install something from an untrusted source (pop-up ads, email scams, etc.), it installs itself next to the app you want to install. This is a common way to transfer malware to Macs and other computers because it does not require hacking or exploiting the operating system or the browser.
MacOS is no longer protected against malware. In the past, malware was mainly focused on Windows, and today adware and scamware are much more common on a Mac than they used to be. Everything is now much safer and the scamware directly installed by users is the most common form of malware.
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For most things, the best antivirus program you have is can, a bit tech sense. Do not install software through advertising or pop-up browser ads, as most are scams or malware. On a Mac, you can only trust trusted sources like the Mac App Store.
How do I get rid of it?
Malware often tries to insert itself into other programs to hide itself. Fortunately, Mac Auto Fixer is not a completely annoying program and it stays in its own app container. Removing is as easy as deleting the app.
You will probably find the app in the Applications folder in your home folder. Start the Finder and click on "Applications" to find it. Simply hold down the Ctrl key (or right-click) on the Mac Auto Fixer application and move it to the Trash. Then restart your Mac to make sure the app has been removed. It can also be located in the System Applications folder, which is located at the root of your hard disk.
Alternatively, you can try to automatically remove it with Malwarebytes, a free (and legitimate) malware scanner for macOS. Malwarebytes has the added benefit of removing any files associated with Mac Auto Fixer and other malicious applications that you may have installed.
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