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Apple to release malware Removal

Postby Antony » Wed 25 May, 2011 4:17 am

According to a technical article released by Apple, Apple will release a new system update removing all those known fake "anti-virus" malwares including MacDefender, MacProtector, and MacSecurity.

Apple wrote: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.

In the coming days, Apple will deliver a Mac OS X software update that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants. The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this malware.


If you have inadvertently installed those malware, Apple provided a step-by-step instruction at this page.
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Re: Apple to release malware Removal

Postby Antony » Wed 01 Jun, 2011 9:35 am

Apple has released Security Update 2011-03 for Mac OS X v10.6.7 and Mac OS X Server v10.6.7 users. This Security Update adds the ability to remove "MacDefinder" malware from the system.

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Security Update 2011-003 can be downloaded from Apple Support Download page or from Software Update.

For more information, please refer to Apple to release malware Removal (HT4657), and for more information about Mac OS X Snow Leopard and malware detection (HT4651) pages.
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Re: Apple to release malware Removal

Postby Don_HH2K » Wed 01 Jun, 2011 5:24 pm

Sadly, a couple of hours after the update was released, a new version of MacDefender was released that isn't detected by the update.
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