I have an issue with a Macbook Pro and was told to scan the SSD for malware. My other computer is a Windows computer. So I connected the SSD of the mac via USB externally to my Windows PC. As (more or less) expected, the Malwarebytes Software which I want to use to scan the Mac SSD, does not recognize the SSD drive.

My question is: How can I scan an externally connected Mac SSD from a Windows PC for malware?


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Windows can't read either HFS+ or APFS natively, so you would

  1. need 3rd party software to enable that basic requirement, then

  2. need a Windows malware scanner equipped to look for Mac viruses.

Why don't you just scan it from the Mac?

  • The mac is damaged, hence I cannot just scan from the Mac. Do you know windows malware scanner that can scan for Mac viruses?
    – beta
    Apr 7, 2020 at 18:10
  • No. I don't think one exists. Most Mac malware scanners mainly look for Windows malware, so as not to pass it on to Win users.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 7, 2020 at 18:11

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