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A fake security program for Apple computers called MACDefender has racked up a significant number of victims.
Hundreds of people who installed the software have turned to Apple's forums for help to remove it.
The program's tactic of peppering screens with #*$!ographic pictures has made many keen to get rid of it.
MACDefender seems to have been successful because of the work its creators did to make it appear high up in search results.
Some folks around here would probably like details
It is not a virus. It is scareware and has to be installed manually.
this will get worse as iPads/tablets and Android, etc., take off
joined:Apr 13, 2002
where a couple of hundred victims might be deemed insignificant.
I don't think any OS or device is hacker or exploit proof
Our notice for Mac Defender is that we’re not supposed to help customers remove malware from their computer.
"We give them links to Norton. McAfee, and Sophos."
but to recommend the installation of reputable antivirus software.
Some of which may conveniently be available for purchase on the spot, of course.
We've received a number of warnings from readers over the last couple of weeks about fraudulent emails that look a lot like official Apple emails. These emails are structured just like Apple's promotional emails, but are actually attempts to lure unsuspecting customers into entering their Apple IDs and other personal information. Such so called "phishing" attempts are common and readers should be wary about following links from any emails.
This smarty pants, for one, is right here, still very, very happy not to have all of the pain and suffering caused by the sloppy work of Windows. You can continue to believe the myth that Apple's OS is not superior in the real world, but that's not going to make it true.
I've always said the Mac was only secure because of it's relative obscurity in low numbers and now that Apple has managed to improve market penetration, so have the hackers.
wondering where all the smarty pants are now that always jump on windows security issues claiming Mac did it right... bwahahahaha