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How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware (on Macintosh OSX)
Apple Support Forum ^ | May 24, 2011 | apple support

Posted on 05/26/2011 5:00:11 PM PDT by Sundog

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at support.apple.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: apple; applemalware; macmalware; macosx; malware
Apple has promised a future update, soon I hope, to automatically do this. Otherwise, I'm finding what looks like legitimate google advertisements that go to the MacDefender web site.There have been discussions about what Apple is going to do about this piece of Malware so well presented to users, and this is the beginning of their response.
1 posted on 05/26/2011 5:00:15 PM PDT by Sundog
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To: Sundog
Must be pretty serious if Apple is acknowledging the problem.
2 posted on 05/26/2011 5:11:52 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Sundog
But how can this be true? Mac fans have always said that they can't get infected.

I just have to laugh at it. It was only a matter of time.

3 posted on 05/26/2011 5:16:20 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: unixfox

Not only that but thinking you can’t get infected means that when YOU DO, in fact, get infected, it’s going to take that much more time for a solution, since the manufacturer (Apple) didn’t bother to ever prepare for such a day.


4 posted on 05/26/2011 5:19:54 PM PDT by library user (Just because you're homeless doesn't mean you're lazy.)
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To: Sundog
My solution: Get a Mac Windows 7.
5 posted on 05/26/2011 5:22:56 PM PDT by library user (Just because you're homeless doesn't mean you're lazy.)
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To: unixfox

It is the most slick operation of pretending to be legitimate software I’ve ever seen. I found Google sponsored advertisements for these bits of malware on yahoo, I’ve seen them at the top of Drudge, and it is an extremely well financed effort.


6 posted on 05/26/2011 5:24:58 PM PDT by Sundog (It takes a darn good reason for me to break down and post something these days.)
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To: Sundog
I see it every day on PC's. They really put a LOT of effort into it. Some of them look so real I can understand how a regular user could be duped.

We have the tools to remove almost all of them and we have it down to science at our shop. We charge a flat fee for cleanups and lately we have been SWAMPED.

7 posted on 05/26/2011 5:29:53 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: library user
You don't often get malware that is so slick the perp expects you to pay to down load the whole package after a trial version does you a favor.

Fake MacDefender Brings Malware to Macs
8 posted on 05/26/2011 5:32:28 PM PDT by Sundog (It takes a darn good reason for me to break down and post something these days.)
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To: Swordmaker

Apple to issue an update for MacDefender malware soon.


9 posted on 05/26/2011 5:38:24 PM PDT by Sundog (It takes a darn good reason for me to break down and post something these days.)
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To: Sundog
Older Post on the same subject
10 posted on 05/26/2011 5:44:13 PM PDT by Sundog (It takes a darn good reason for me to break down and post something these days.)
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11 posted on 05/26/2011 5:45:32 PM PDT by WaterBoard
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To: WaterBoard
Photochop al gore on top of both.
12 posted on 05/26/2011 5:54:34 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Sundog

But but but ....Macs are superior


13 posted on 05/26/2011 5:55:46 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: unixfox
But how can this be true? Mac fans have always said that they can't get infected.

This isn't a virus. It's malware that requires the user to personally circumvent every safety precaution by intentionally loading the software. The irony is that it pretends to be anti-virus software. If the user simply ignores it, relying on Mac's reputation, they won't have a problem.

You can't engineer a cure for stupidity.

14 posted on 05/26/2011 6:01:37 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

You bring up an interesting corollary.

You can go right ahead and market it with the greatest of ease.


15 posted on 05/26/2011 6:19:49 PM PDT by Sundog (It takes a darn good reason for me to break down and post something these days.)
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To: WaterBoard
> Do I need to say more?

Yeah, you can apologize to all the straight conservative Mac users on FreeRepublic for being a troll and hurling slurs.

* The multi-color Apple logo went out of use 14 years ago. It was developed to announce the use of color in the Apple II computer, in 1977.
* The rainbow as a gay symbol came out years after that, and has nothing to do with the Apple logo.

If you're going to make stupid troll statements, you should at least get your history in order.

But more importantly:

The rainbow is God's Promise to mankind. Are you mocking God? That's not recommended, either on FR or elsewhere. The fact that the homosexuals do so is their problem. Don't bring it here, and don't use it to trash people who happen to like Apple products. Is that clear? Tell ya what, I'll make it clearer for you:

"...Those who have a problem with Apple should just not buy the product and that takes care of that. Don’t come to FR to flame those who like the product. That’s just dumb..."
-- Jim Robinson, owner of FreeRepublic.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/backroom/2557969/posts?page=143#127
Don't be dumb. And have a great evening.
16 posted on 05/26/2011 7:25:38 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Sundog; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; Aliska; ...
Another MacDefender thread—PING!

Please, No Flame Wars, Discuss technical issues, software, and hardware.
Don't attack people!

Don't respond to the Anti-Apple Thread Trolls!
 PLEASE IGNORE THEM!!!

 


Apple MacDefender thread Ping!

If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

17 posted on 05/26/2011 10:24:53 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Sundog; All
Here is a link to my instructions on how to protect your Mac

Swordmaker

18 posted on 05/26/2011 10:39:56 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: WaterBoard
Do I need to say any more?

You need to say nothing! You are in violation of Jim Rob's rules against attempting to start a flame war.

19 posted on 05/26/2011 10:47:32 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Swordmaker

The first two lines for Safari?

If you have both Safari & Firefox should you just follow your instructions and the settings will cover both Safari & Firefox?


20 posted on 05/27/2011 3:10:57 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Islam is the sea in which the terrorist shark swims. It aids & comforts the shark on it's journey.)
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To: Swordmaker

Thanks Swordmaker.


21 posted on 05/27/2011 4:00:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: library user

I’m sorry, but my definition of virus does not include a program that you intentionally download that does something bad to your computer.

Back when I was exclusively Windows my kids would get infected all the time by just visiting web sites. Hasn’t happened once in the three years since we have Macs. A relative just gave us his old PC (funny, he bought a Mac) for my son to use to play games and within a month he had a virus (yes, we had anti-virus installed). No download did him in, just a visit to a “cheat code” web site.

THAT’S what you get with Windows.


22 posted on 05/27/2011 6:14:59 AM PDT by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: unixfox
The problem with Windows is that this garbage would be installed without the user knowing he was installing software, and that the garbage was almost impossible to remove.

Now, with regard to the suggestion that Mac users download anti-mal software, well, those Mac users who ignored that advice were not the ones who got infected.

23 posted on 05/27/2011 6:37:53 AM PDT by Tribune7 (We're flat broke, but he thinks these solar shingles and really fast trains will magically save us.)
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To: Tribune7

It’s not worth using up the CPU to get anti-mal software for the Mac, even if you get the malware, it’s relatively easy to remove.


24 posted on 05/27/2011 6:42:42 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
It’s not worth using up the CPU to get anti-mal software for the Mac

Dittos.

25 posted on 05/27/2011 7:05:03 AM PDT by Tribune7 (We're flat broke, but he thinks these solar shingles and really fast trains will magically save us.)
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To: dayglored
"...Those who have a problem with Apple should just not buy the product and that takes care of that. Don’t come to FR to flame those who like the product. That’s just dumb..." -- Jim Robinson, owner of FreeRepublic.

I'm curious. Did Jim issue a similar statement regarding Microsoft OS products?

26 posted on 05/27/2011 7:35:47 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (A "Moderate Muslim"? Nothing more than a Muslim Extremist who has run out of ammo.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; Swordmaker
> I'm curious. Did Jim issue a similar statement regarding Microsoft OS products?

Not to my knowledge, because he didn't have to. There is not a corresponding group of MS/Windows haters who go out of their way to disrupt Microsoft-related and Windows-related threads. Sure, lots of people hate MS or Windows, and make comments about that, but there has never been a concerted effort by a particular group of them to disrupt Windows threads on a regular basis.

That -was- happening on the Apple/Mac threads. There was a group of about a dozen virulent Apple haters who would take over any thread discussing Apple products, and they would crap all over it with personal slurs against Swordmaker (pingmaster of the Apple/Mac list) and against any Apple users. The personal slurs, lies, and flamewars got so bad that Jim got involved, because it was very embarrassing to FreeRepublic. That sort of thing has no place here.

I'm sure that if a similar thing ever happens with regard to MS/Windows, or Linux, the same statement would apply, and be re-issued if needed.

27 posted on 05/27/2011 8:16:22 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: unixfox

Why does this appear to make you so happy? I have a Mac, but I hate when bad things happen to my friends with PCs.


28 posted on 05/27/2011 9:16:46 AM PDT by brytlea (If you don't know what APOD is you'd better find out!)
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To: WaterBoard

Oh my goodness! And God used a Rainbow! So...do you think....?!


29 posted on 05/27/2011 9:17:56 AM PDT by brytlea (If you don't know what APOD is you'd better find out!)
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To: Swordmaker

A little off topic, but I just bought a cam corder and I was concerned about the ability to download to my Mac, so I did my due diligence and got one that was supposed to play nice with IMovie. Got it and discovered the software was for....PC!
But, fortunately a little googling and I discovered an easy workaround that didn’t require their stupid software. Made a quick little video with IMovie this morning, altho now I have to learn that software. Hope someone makes an IMovie for Dummies book. Kind of frustrating that video has so many different formats and its all so mysterious.


30 posted on 05/27/2011 9:25:14 AM PDT by brytlea (If you don't know what APOD is you'd better find out!)
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To: dayglored

Thanks. Didn’t know most of that. I follow Swordmaker’s threads but wasn’t aware it had gotten so...churlish.


31 posted on 05/27/2011 10:29:51 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (A "Moderate Muslim"? Nothing more than a Muslim Extremist who has run out of ammo.)
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To: PeteB570
If you have both Safari & Firefox should you just follow your instructions and the settings will cover both Safari & Firefox?

If I recall correctly, Firefox will not open "safe" files after downloading... but I don't use it except in unusual circumstances. I suggest you search Firefox's preferences for a similar setting and make certain it is set correctly. The "standard" user rule should STILL prevent the installation, anyway.

32 posted on 05/27/2011 10:42:37 AM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: brytlea
A little off topic, but I just bought a cam corder and I was concerned about the ability to download to my Mac, so I did my due diligence and got one that was supposed to play nice with IMovie. Got it and discovered the software was for....PC! But, fortunately a little googling and I discovered an easy workaround that didn’t require their stupid software. Made a quick little video with IMovie this morning, altho now I have to learn that software. Hope someone makes an IMovie for Dummies book. Kind of frustrating that video has so many different formats and its all so mysterious.

In most cases with a Mac, you just plug the camera in and the Mac just recognizes it and you use it. It's that easy. iMovie is very easy to use... just start playing around with it. Pick some of the pre-made templates and pick and choose your clips you want. Bingo. Try out the Trailer section. You'll love it!

33 posted on 05/27/2011 10:48:02 AM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Swordmaker

Oh...right at the moment I’m in the, “How the bleep does this stupid software work!” mode...I know it will get better. I loathe reading instructions.... It’s a curse.


34 posted on 05/27/2011 10:52:22 AM PDT by brytlea (If you don't know what APOD is you'd better find out!)
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