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Apple Update Removes MacDefender Malware

Apple Update Removes MacDefender Malware

Apple customers have been in for a rude awakening with the recent MacDefender malware problem. The trojan malware tricked unsuspecting users to enter their admin passwords and even credit card information. AppleCare staff were instructed not to assist with the removal of the malware, but that may have been because Apple was planning to send out a security update to take care of the problem.

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MacDefender malware renamed MacGuard, bypasses Apple fix

MacDefender malware renamed MacGuard, bypasses Apple fix

Apple's attempts to handle the MacDefender malware have already been circumnavigated by the apps author, with a new version resilient to the official removal method in the wild within 12 hours. Spotted by Intego, the updated variant now uses a two-part approach to infection. Renamed as MacGuard, it first installs a downloader - with no administrator password required, as long as the person using the Mac has an administrator account - and then that grabs the new version of MacDefender and installs that without the user realizing.

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Apple To Nuke MacDefender Malware With OS X Update

Apple To Nuke MacDefender Malware With OS X Update

There's been a high alert recently regarding the Mac Defender and Mac Security trojans that have been fooling unsuspecting Mac users into handing over admin passwords and credit card information. And although Apple has remained particularly mum on the topic, it looks like they will be nuking the malware in an upcoming OSX update.

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Kaspersky offers Mac Flashback trojan removal tool

Kaspersky offers Mac Flashback trojan removal tool

Apple computers have recently been hit by the Mac Flashback trojan, the first attack on Macs that does not require any social engineering or phishing schemes. Kaspersky confirmed that the Flashback, or what it calls the Flashfake, botnet has infected 670,000 computers worldwide and the security firm is now releasing a free detection and removal tool.

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Mac OS X v 10.6.8 update now available

Mac OS X v 10.6.8 update now available

If you are Mac user what is likely to be the final update before OS X Lion hits the store next month is now available for download. The new update will bring your OS to versions 10.6.8 and is for all users running OS X Snow Leopard. The update is packed with various system fixes that will improve the stability, compatibility, and security of the Mac computers running the update. If you plan to do the update, Apple has some tips for you to ensure things go smoothly.

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Mac malware bypasses Apple File Quarantine in hours

Mac malware bypasses Apple File Quarantine in hours

Dear Apple: welcome to the malware race. Despite Apple having released a new, daily-updating antivirus system yesterday to clean out the MacDefender menace, the authors of the malware responded within hours with a new version that bypasses the OS X defenses. ZDNet reports that it took less than 8hrs from the Mac Security Update 2011-003 definitions being released to an updated MacDefender build arriving.

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Apple warns AppleCare team off fixing Mac malware

Apple warns AppleCare team off fixing Mac malware

Apple has reportedly advised its AppleCare staff not to assist Mac users in removing malware, while the company conducts an investigation into the "Mac Defender" and "Mac Security" trojans. According to a leaked internal memo, acquired by ZDNet, support staff should only advise Mac owners not to install the malicious apps, and - if they discover that their warning comes too late - direct them to an Apple Support document on malware rather than "make recommendations for specific software to assist."

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