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Apple to Release OS X Update to Remove Mac Defender Malware

May 24 2011, 11:03pm CDT | by , in News | Apple

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Apple to Release OS X Update to Remove Mac Defender Malware

Apple reacts to phishing scam attack with Security Note.

We reported about the rise of a Mac Malware over the last weeks. Known as Mac Defender, the malware tries to trick Mac users in installing what looks like an Anti Virus software. Apple has now issued a security note that explains how to avoid and remove Mac Defender, also circulating as MacProtector and MacSecurity.

Apple announces in this note that the wiil release in the coming days a Mac OS X update that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware. Looks like the attack on Mac OS X is really wide spread.

To avoid getting Mac Defender in the first place close Safari in case you see notifications about viruses. Never install a download you did not trigger. Especially do not provide your admin password in an unknown install process.

More details on the Apple Support site.

The image of security against viruses and malware is extremely important for Apple. It is good to see that Apple is going to fix this in the operating system. Let's see if Apple can keep doing this or if a 3rd party security software will be needed as on Windows PCs at some point.

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