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Greetings and welcome,

If you are able, please post the log from the Malwarebytes scan showing the detections.  That will allow the team to verify whether the items are threats, and if they are, they will explain what they are and why they were detected.

Also, if you wish you may post your log in a new topic in the False Positives area and one of the Malwarebytes Research team members will validate the detections and correct them if they are false positives.  To do so, simply click here and then explain what happened and they will let you know why they will respond and take care of it if it is a false positive issue.

Please let us know if there is anything else we might assist you with and we'll do our best to help.


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As long as they are not labeled as a "PUP", you should assume they are definitely some sort of threat, although most these days are adware which are mostly annoying rather than being up to some malicious, nefarious behavior. The identification methods for malware are very specific so it would be a real rarity for anything so identified to be a False Positive.

PUPs are somewhat different, because you may find their usefulness to override the negative aspects that many Mac users have experienced. You just need to be fully aware of what the specific action you are asking them to perform is doing to your computer. They have been known to do more harm than good for some inexperienced users. Here is a blog article describing PUPs and how to avoid them https://blog.malwarebytes.com/101/2016/02/how-to-avoid-potentially-unwanted-programs/.

If you google the name of the threat, you can probably learn more about it as most use the common name of that threat family. If you still have questions about any of them post the name here and I'm sure I can describe it for you.

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