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All posts tagged "virus"


Monday, May 14, 2012

Ars Technica Reviews Some Mac AntiVirus Apps

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/0...ps-for-the-mac/

"So Mac invulnerability to malware is a myth, at least according to security researchers from Kaspersky Lab. And although such a blunt statement may be a blow to the ego of some Mac users, it remains true."

You can be as careful as you possibly can and it still might get you. Ars looks at five virus protection apps for Mac that you may or may not want installed. I currently don't have an anti-virus program installed on my Mac, do you? What are your thoughts on virus protection for your Mac?


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.


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.


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.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Don't Get Caught by the Boonana Trojan Mac Virus

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.maclife.com/article/news...na_trojan_virus

"We told you about the Boonana Trojan Mac virus that was discovered by SecureMac just yesterday. SecureMac has now completed its initial analysis of the virus and has new information about it, as well as a removal tool if you believe your Mac is infected."

This virus usually gets into your system via one of those "Is this you in this video?" messages, usually from social networking sites such as Facebook. You click on it and it loads a java applet and the rest is history. Obviously don't click on links like that but if you do, you can download the removal tool here or keep updated on this and other security threats at the bulletin page for SecureMac. The removal tool can also be found on the bulletin page.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

VMware Fusion Bug Potentially Opens Up Macs to Malicious Code

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

http://theappleblog.com/2009/04/16/...-vmware-fusion/

"The recent Conficker virus scare had me warning relatives to protect their PCs, while also simultaneously gloating about how lucky I am to not be affected, since I'm a Mac user. You could say it bordered on the obnoxious, and you'd be right. But it looks like I may have to eat some humble pie now that a bug has been found in VMware Fusion that could potentially allow malicious code to be run on your Mac using a virtualized Windows machine as a conduit. Obviously, Windows is still the weak link here, but it doesn't make your Apple machine any less vulnerable."

This is a good reminder that just because it is a Mac, it doesn't mean that it is safe. Especially if you are running Windows on your machine. The flaw in question was discovered by Immunity Inc. exploit researcher Kostya Kortchinsky, and it allows the virtual machine display function to read and write code in the host operating system.

According to the article "Kortchinsky demoed the flaw using a Vista machine running a guest OS of Windows XP, but said the flaw is just as easy to exploit in OS X running Fusion, though they hadn't yet actually run live tests of such a scenario." Luckily, VMware is on top of things and have posted a software update to fix the problem.

The AppleBlog did a comparison of four security programs from last fall for the Mac in case you are interested in checking out a few ways to protect your Mac.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

APRIL FOOLS: Conficker Comes; Conficker Sees; Antivirus Conquers

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 04:59 AM

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...rnet-chaos.html

"A computer virus that has wormed its way into millions of PCs was activated today... but with little effect. The Conficker virus, which has infected up to 15million computers since last autumn, has so far lurked harmlessly - but experts were braced for it to change the way it operated first thing this morning. The 'worm' started looking for new instructions on what it should do next by scanning 50,000 different websites at midnight last night. Experts feared the virus was about to be used by its creators to control an army' of 15 million 'zombie PCs' to steal bank details, send spam emails or even crash a major website. But so far, nothing untoward has taken place."

Of course nothing untoward happened. Unlike our Macintosh brethren, we Windows users are the belt and suspenders type. We have anti spyware, anivirus, anti phishing, anti malware, registry protection, dll protection, Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool, and a host of other goodies to keep ourselves safe. We're fortunate to have the choice of fifty different antivirus programs, also, including one from Microsoft. Oh sure our memory has more residents than an apartment building in the Bronx, but we're locked down, baby, and this Conficker non-issue is proof positive that we're not as prone to viruses as those pesky "Get a Mac" ads say.

Hah! I say.

Tags: virus, conficker

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