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Kaspersky Lab Recalls its Flashfake Removal Tool for Macs

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April 12, 2012 9:24:38 PM

Welcome Apple users to the PC experience!
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April 12, 2012 9:37:08 PM

trialskingWelcome Apple users to the PC experience!

But Macs don't get viruses! Steve Jobs told me so!
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April 12, 2012 9:48:01 PM

This is only funny because of the comments on the previous article, "Apple is taking their sweet time, while kaspersky already has a tool released".

I wouldnt want to be the dev, who published that kaspersky fix, right now.

That being said, tis the nature of the beast; break/fix
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April 12, 2012 10:00:58 PM

You have to call Moscow!?
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April 12, 2012 10:05:49 PM

Wouldn't you think that the actual maker of the OS (may that be Apple, Linux or Windows) would be the perfect authority to create/release fixes for virus infestations?
I mean, who knows the OS better than the folks who made it.

3rd party A/V companies present a clear conflict of interest as they make a living from new infestations while OS makers would benefit from providing a secure and stable OS.

If -in theory- hackers and idiots would stop making malware AV companies would be instantly out of business while OS makers would not be impacted at all; ergo the above mentioned conflict of interest.

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April 12, 2012 10:21:08 PM

I don't know why they're removing honestly, what would you rather have, an infected machine with you user preferences or a clean machine that you have to reset your preferences?

It's better than Apple's interim solution of disabling Java...
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April 12, 2012 10:57:27 PM

If Steve Jobs were alive, he'd be railing against Java and Oracle now as he had against Flash and Adobe.
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April 12, 2012 11:14:30 PM

killerclickIf Steve Jobs were alive, he'd be railing against Java and Oracle now as he had against Flash and Adobe.

Apple doesn't use Oracle's JRE, but uses it's own. That is why almost all computers infected with Flashback are Macs.
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April 12, 2012 11:18:29 PM

VladislausApple doesn't use Oracle's JRE, but uses it's own. That is why almost all computers infected with Flashback are Macs.


But it was developed by Sun, which was bought by Oracle, and Apple is infallible so... :D 
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April 12, 2012 11:18:58 PM

If Steve Jobs were alive he would tell them they were holding the mouse wrong and that there was no virus.
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April 13, 2012 1:03:10 AM

Can someone what the is advantage of owning an apple computer again?
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Anonymous
April 13, 2012 1:03:58 AM

Can someone tell me what the is advantage of owning an apple computer again?
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April 13, 2012 1:23:59 AM

And meanwhile, Apple stays quiet and tell their employees to keep telling the customers that Macs are safer than Androids or Windows.
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April 13, 2012 2:18:58 AM

It's a trojan not a virus. Educate yourselfs people.
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April 13, 2012 3:40:39 AM

FAIL...
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April 13, 2012 5:04:06 AM

bee144It's a trojan not a virus. Educate yourselfs people.


That's irrelevant. Malware is malware.

Besides, all I've ever seen in my years as a Windows user was trojans. I've never seen a virus, and I've been using Windows 7 since it came out. Trojans and malware that attempts to gain your personal information is the most common kind right now, regardless of platform.
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April 13, 2012 5:14:32 PM

Well hey, let's at least congratulate Kaspersky for doing something...
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April 13, 2012 10:40:31 PM

freggoWouldn't you think that the actual maker of the OS (may that be Apple, Linux or Windows) would be the perfect authority to create/release fixes for virus infestations?I mean, who knows the OS better than the folks who made it.3rd party A/V companies present a clear conflict of interest as they make a living from new infestations while OS makers would benefit from providing a secure and stable OS.If -in theory- hackers and idiots would stop making malware AV companies would be instantly out of business while OS makers would not be impacted at all; ergo the above mentioned conflict of interest.


Many PC malware samples are actually made by some of the antivirus/anti-malware companies. Notice how most viruses originate in Finland and that Finland just happens to be where most of the anti-malware companies are located or at least have a significant presence in.



guardianangel42That's irrelevant. Malware is malware.Besides, all I've ever seen in my years as a Windows user was trojans. I've never seen a virus, and I've been using Windows 7 since it came out. Trojans and malware that attempts to gain your personal information is the most common kind right now, regardless of platform.


That viruses and trojans aren't the same thing is not irrelevant. Oh and yes, trojans are much more common than viruses these days. I've had some viruses in the past and believe me, they are far worse than trojans. Some viruses could even do physical damage to the computer!

Also, malware that attempts to gain your personal information is generally considered spyware.

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