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.
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. 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. 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?
Edited by Union_Thug, 26 May 2011 - 12:19 PM.