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#1 Union_Thug

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 12:16 PM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/faster-forward/post/apple-malware-program-evolves/2011/05/26/AGUtB0BH_blog.html?wpisrc=nl_tech

MacDefender, the malware program that's tricking some Mac owners into giving up their personal information, has evolved. The original program asked for a users' administrative password before it downloaded. Now, security software company Intego reports that a new program variant called MacGuard bypasses that step and puts itself onto your computer before deleting the original installer.

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The company advised that users should turn off the "Open 'safe' files" option in their Safari browsers general preferences to keep the file from opening automatically if it is accidentally downloaded.


Looks like "Mac" is in play for the malware writing sc*m of the earth. Lovely.:whistle: I just got my first 2nd hand Mac OS X (Snow Leopard 10.6.7 installed) given to me by my nephew. I haven't even learned how to use it yet.:angry: I made the suggested preference change in Safari, but I use FF 4 as defalt and have been playing with Opera--anybody know if there are any similar settings to change in them as well?

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 10:12 PM

Good thing our fearless leader Grinler has already written 4 Removal tutorials.


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Posted 27 May 2011 - 04:09 AM

Right you are, Boop! Thank you to Grinler and all of you modest, munificent, magnificent malware-munchin' marauders.... However, it's my feeling that this is just the beginning of the end of Mac's (FALSE IMO) reputation as being "Virus-Proof" "more secure" etc... It was always mostly about market share IMO. Malware writers do it for the $$. Why would they target a product with a miniscule market share instead of concentrating their efforts on Micro$oft's dominance in market share for the last 3 DECADES. It only stands to reason that as a result of Macintosh's giant strides in recent years in cutting into M s Dynasty with their Mac's , iPads, iPods, iPhones, Apps, Apple stores... etc... that the malware writing criminal scum should begin to turn their attention toward Macs and their ever increasing market-share.

Interesting reading--credit members keyboardninja & computerxpds who posted these links in the Mac forum:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31322_3-20066288-256.html
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/apples-malware-challenge-usability-as-its-security-world-changes/49378
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20066174-245.html
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20066028-37.html
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217061/Newest_MacDefender_scareware_installs_without_a_password?taxonomyId=89

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 09:02 PM

Corrine at Security Garden also has the BC tools posted
http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2011/05/mac-rogue-remover-tool.html
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