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Old 05-03-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default New Mac/Safari malware

According to a May 2 MSNBC report, “a malware version of the popular MacDefender antivirus application is confusing and infecting” Mac users. People searching in Google Images with Safari have had the fake MacDefender downloaded to their hard drives. If launched, it warns that they have been infected with viruses that only the fraudulent MacDefender can remove.

An easy (and obvious) defense is to go to Safari > preferences > general and uncheck the “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading” option.

If you find you have been attacked, the MSNBC article has directions for removing the pest from your system.

According to Randy B. Singer, writing on TidBITS, MacDefender “does not install spyware, it is not a virus, and it does not damage your Macintosh in any way.” It sounds as if it may be some overly industrious marketing scheme. Regardless, sounds like a good idea to get rid of it.

More (and more technical) report on SecureMac: Mac Defender Rogue Anti-Virus Analysis and Removal.

   
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Looks like with this and the other goodie you posted about that the days of mac users not having to worry about this sort of thing is going bye-bye...

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Looks like with this and the other goodie you posted about that the days of mac users not having to worry about this sort of thing is going bye-bye...
Does sound like that.

Seems to be some debate about how serious either problem is. Guess we will find out.

   
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kt: Seems to be some debate about how serious either problem is. Guess we will find out.
Guess you mac guys will have to become as paranoid as we pc users...'-}}

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I read about this somewhere else ... the article says that it badgers you until you sign up for its antivirus software offer. For which you get nothing and give away your credit card details to criminals. That's the likely "payload" it seems to me.

   
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steve: the article says that it badgers you until you sign up for its antivirus software offer. For which you get nothing and give away your credit card details to criminals. That's the likely "payload" it seems to me.
If this is in reference to my sister's malware episode on her laptop, yes...I knew that which is exactly why I kept closing those damn pop-up windows via the "X" icon rather than clicking in the window...

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Like most malware these days, it relies more on social engineering than holes in the security fence.

If you are prepared to authorise anything that asks to be authorised, or you are downloading something which is not what it claims to be -- usually free Creative Suite or 'adult art' -- then no computer system can protect against that.

People have said for years that Macs are not that secure, and that the only reason for the lack of malware is the small size of Mac market share, which is not worth the while of the criminals.

I guess we should celebrate that Mac market share has finally reached the threshold!
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If this is in reference to my sister's malware episode on her laptop, yes...I knew that which is exactly why I kept closing those damn pop-up windows via the "X" icon rather than clicking in the window...

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No, it was specifically in reference to the Mac Attack going around now. But the same thing is all too common on Windows computers as well.

   
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And because it's so common on the pc side, perhaps we pc users are more suspicious...

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If this is in reference to my sister's malware episode on her laptop, yes...I knew that which is exactly why I kept closing those damn pop-up windows via the "X" icon rather than clicking in the window...
Has no one rigged the X to trigger the malware? You’d think someone would have tried that by now.

   
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