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All posts tagged "mac defender"


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Apple Support Document Posted to Detail Mac Defender Removal

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:13 PM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...er_malware.html

"Apple has posted a support document explaining how to "avoid or remove" Mac Defender and stated it would release an update to Mac OS X to automatically find and remove the malware."

You can find out what Apple says at the support document site here, but basically they describe Mac Defender as a phishing scam using redirects to trick you into believing your computer has a virus. Then you get conned into buying a product to remove the virus only to find out that they never had a virus in the first place, or at least I would hope they find out they got conned. The support document details steps on removal of this crap, or you can wait until the OS X update that will be coming out "soon" that will find and remove this malware and others like it for you.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Beware of MAC Defender, It's Not so Legit

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.macworld.com/article/159...l#lsrc.rss_main

"By and large, Mac users have been able to escape the onslaught of malware that their Windows counterparts suffer from. But every once in a while, a piece of nastiness slips into the wild."

MAC Defender says it will scan your system for viruses, however what it actually does is pretend to find them and then get you to pony up your credit card information for a false sense of security by paying for a subscription to their virus scanning program. But it is thwarted fairly easy, since it first requires you to install it and then enter your admin password. Some simple things to do in order to be fairly safe without installing any virus detection programs is to make sure you don't run in admin mode, uncheck the "open safe files after downloading" option in Safari and not be so trusting! You can find out more about this gem at Intego.


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