OSX update aimed at Malware removal

On 30/06/2011, in Security, by Norman Dean

I recently posted an article about how Apple was specifically ignoring customers that has caught the Malware called Mac Defender. Read it here

Apple later pulled a 180 and took the Mac specific virus on, by creating an update and a how-to page for Apple users remove the virus themselves. The update can downloaded using the OSX program update by selecting Apple Menu -> Program Update or downloading it directly from Apple with the link below.

Unfortunately OSX 10.4 through 10.6 are affected but you must be running OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) to install the update. The how-to is still valid for pre 10.6 versions



“A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus. The user is then offered Mac Defender “anti-virus” software to solve the issue.

This “anti-virus” software is malware (i.e. malicious software). Its ultimate goal is to get the user’s credit card information which may be used for fraudulent purposes.

The most common names for this malware are MacDefender, MacProtector and MacSecurity.”

The Snow Leopard update can be downloaded here – Security Update 2011-003



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