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New Mac Trojan horse disables Apple's automatic malware updates

   
11:33 pm on Oct 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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New Mac malware has been found masquerading as a Flash installer:

The good news is that you can only get infected if you double-click on a rogue file masquerading as a Flash installer. The bad news is that if you do fall victim to the Trojan, it disables your Macís automatic malware definition updates.

[macworld.com...]

Here are removal instructions:
[f-secure.com...]
7:27 pm on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Do various Mac antivirus software help in preventing this stuff?
9:21 pm on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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thanks cat for the alert.
3:20 pm on Nov 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

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smallcompany, any good Mac virus software should detect this and other malware.
11:41 pm on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Since when does the Mac need virus software?
2:31 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Since when does the Mac need virus software?


Exactly! Mac's are novelty niche computer which hackers rarely bother to write virus/worms malware.
3:34 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Mac's are novelty niche computer


This was true 10 years ago. No longer the case.
4:14 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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True, Mac's are no longer a novelty or a niche product. They do not have nearly the market share that Windows has, but it is growing... quickly... and it makes them a target for bored hackers now more then ever before.
1:36 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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This was true 10 years ago. No longer the case.


When Mac's comprise more than 10% of computer sales, let us know. Until then, they are really a niche, hipster, status symbol.
3:23 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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In August 2011, Gartner estimated Apple's PC market share in US as 10.7% for Q2 2011

Let's stay on topic please. Hipsters or not.
5:01 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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So what is the best program to get rid of Trojans on the Mac -- an apple product or ....?
6:22 pm on Nov 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I use eset on PCs and Macs, have never seen a problem. 'Course I don't click on every shiny thing I see either, but believe safe is better than sorry.
 

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