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All posts tagged "flashback"


Monday, April 16, 2012

Apple Releases Flashback Removal Tool

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:30 PM

http://www.macworld.com/article/116...l#lsrc.rss_main

"Still stressed about the Flashback Trojan horse, that insidious bit of Mac malware that has infected hundreds of thousands of computers?"

Well, if you were waiting for Apple to come out with something to fix it instead of going at it yourself, your wait is over. Apple released their own tool called the "Flashback Malware Removal Tool" which will remove the "most common" variants of the virus.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

3rd Time the Charm for Java Update?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:51 PM

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti...ack_infections/

"Apple released Java for OS X 2012-003 Thursday afternoon, a software update that removes 'the most common variants of the Flashback malware.' Thursday's update was foreshadowed by an announcement on Apple's support page Tuesday."

You can download the update here, and this is the 3rd one in a week that Apple has issued. This update also disables the automatic execution of applets, and if you restore them and then don't use applets for an "extended period of time," it will automatically disable them again. In other news, it appears that this might not be as widespread as initially thought.


Monday, April 9, 2012

No Need to Panic! More About the Flashback Trojan

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/116...ack_trojan.html

"We've entered a new era in Mac security, but there's no need to panic."

With an estimated 500,000 Macs infected, it appears this is the most widespread virus ever for the Mac. But Apple has been putting out the patches and this article will give you a good run through on what to do in order to protect yourself. Or, if you are already infected, it will help you clean up your system.


Friday, April 6, 2012

Do You have the Flashback Virus? Here is How to Find Out And Fix It!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:30 PM

http://www.tuaw.com/2012/04/05/how-...ashback-trojan/

"According to Russian antivirus firm Dr. Web, over 600,000 Macs worldwide are infected with the Mac flashback trojan. The trojan can be installed if you visit a malicious website, and it will attempt to connect your Mac to a bonnet."

Most of the infected machines appear to be in North America, with 57% of them in the US and 20% located in Canada. The vulnerability was patched, but in case you didn't get it done in time and are wondering if you have it, there are a couple of sites that can help you. You can either visit F-Secure's website and they can walk you through the process to check and clean it, or you can check your machine via Dr. Web's site. Dr. Web also has a free Mac App if you prefer using that to check your machine.


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