OSX Malware Currently Circulating

For those who believe OSX is immune from malware (etc), http://www.reedcorner.net/news.php/?p=138

For various reasons OSX is rapidly becoming a target for malicious code, unfortunately the Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware tools available to us OSX users aren't as mature as those available to the Windows/PC users.
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  1. JustSomeJoe said:
    For those who believe OSX is immune from malware (etc), http://www.reedcorner.net/news.php/?p=138

    For various reasons OSX is rapidly becoming a target for malicious code, unfortunately the Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware tools available to us OSX users aren't as mature as those available to the Windows/PC users.
    Use Clam Xva an anti virus free app for mac users.
  2. I've already cleaned that crap off a Mac. Hint: Single User Mode. Try the free Sophos AV software.
  3. I currently have Clam XAV installed (on test); also tried Sophos AV (free version) a while back, ended-up re-installing OSX to get rid of it, had no end of problems.

    OSX AV products seem to be a mixed bunch, what one person swears by another will swear at!
  4. Read this from Ars Technica its pretty insightful...

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/05/malware-on-the-mac.ars
  5. Quote:
    I've already cleaned that crap off a Mac. Hint: Single User Mode. Try the free Sophos AV software.
    Why is Clam Xva crap? Think before you post!
  6. I didn't say Clam Xva was crap, I said Mac Defender was crap since I was replying to the OP.Think before you post!
  7. Quote:
    I didn't say Clam Xva was crap, I said Mac Defender was crap since I was replying to the OP.Think before you post!


    Mac Defender may be far worst than crap:

    http://www.fiercecio.com/techwatch/story/does-apple-have-what-it-takes-tackle-mac-defender-malware/2011-05-20

    Be very careful what you install on your computer...
  8. Huh???
  9. Apple just announced they are working on a software update for OSX and Safari to deal with Mac Defender.
    They also posted specific instructions on how to remove it from your system if you already have it and don't want to wait for the update:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4650
  10. As usual, the free software for security is a bad idea.
    Follow the manufacturer instructions if possible:


    In the days since its discovery, Apple has acknowledged the threat is real, and the company is reportedly hard at work on an update that will remove the software. Until then, the Mac makers have posted a handy removal guide for those who prefer to take matters into their own hands. Follow the steps below — straight from Apple — to remove Mac Defender and make sure your computer is clean.

    Move or close the Scan Window
    Go to the Utilities folder in the Applications folder and launch Activity Monitor
    Choose All Processes from the pop up menu in the upper right corner of the window
    Under the Process Name column, look for the name of the app and click to select it; common app names include: MacDefender, MacSecurity or MacProtector
    Click the Quit Process button in the upper left corner of the window and select Quit
    Quit Activity Monitor application
    Open the Applications folder
    Locate the app ex. MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector or other name
    Drag to Trash, and empty Trash
    Open System Preferences, select Accounts, then Login Items
    Select the name of the app you removed in the steps above ex. MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector
    Click the minus button

    Upon completing these steps, your Mac should be completely free of the program.

    Apple via VentureBeat
  11. Quote:
    I didn't say Clam Xva was crap, I said Mac Defender was crap since I was replying to the OP.Think before you post!
    Don't get so tied up in all knots.Sorry life is to short for that okay?
  12. Another variant doing the rounds (MacGuard), this time it doesn't require the user to enter a password to install http://blog.intego.com/2011/05/25/intego-security-memo-new-mac-defender-variant-macguard-doesnt-require-password-for-installation/

    I get the impression this is just the start!
  13. I'd agree with that. It was only a matter of time before the nasty guys started targetting OS X. I think that it's going to prove very rich pickings for them until some Apple users take their heads out of the sand and realize that it's not just Windows that can suffer from malware.
  14. Now I read on the PC Magazine website this might be coming from Russian hackers creating this malware.You just have to very careful now.
  15. JustSomeJoe:

    Agree. I am a Windows convert. MacBook Pro 15" 7i SSD. Best computer I've ever owned. Love the software and ease of access to apps. SSD makes it even slicker.

    I am concerned with virus/malware...only a matter of time. Mac users are a fertile field for these maniacs & crooks and now many are state sponsored.

    In any event, do the commercial programs work? Many comments I've read suggest the commercial virus software does more damage than benefit. All of those comments have a tone of "don't admit a problem cause you'll tick off the gods", "don't give into the "man"" and "if you have to pay for protection, you're part of the problem".

    I want my great computer & software, but want protection also. Non-cult reponses appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

    DellConvert
  16. Do you lock your house? Do you insure it?

    Protecting your assets does not make you part of the problem.
  17. acekaroo said:
    JustSomeJoe:

    Agree. I am a Windows convert. MacBook Pro 15" 7i SSD. Best computer I've ever owned. Love the software and ease of access to apps. SSD makes it even slicker.

    I am concerned with virus/malware...only a matter of time. Mac users are a fertile field for these maniacs & crooks and now many are state sponsored.

    In any event, do the commercial programs work? Many comments I've read suggest the commercial virus software does more damage than benefit. All of those comments have a tone of "don't admit a problem cause you'll tick off the gods", "don't give into the "man"" and "if you have to pay for protection, you're part of the problem".

    I want my great computer & software, but want protection also. Non-cult reponses appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

    DellConvert


    Try the free Sophos AV software.
  18. Try using ClamXva which is a free anti virus program and it is good. Especially for Mac users.
  19. Grumpy are you seeing the increase in the infections on the macs?

    My co-worker Mike said he had issues with something on his mac,i'll let him know about sophos av!

    Thanks Grumpy!
  20. I've only seen 1 infected Mac so far.
  21. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Grumpy are you seeing the increase in the infections on the macs?

    My co-worker Mike said he had issues with something on his mac,i'll let him know about sophos av!

    Thanks Grumpy!
    Really I have not heard about any trojans on my friends mac computers.
  22. APPLE is taking action so it is more than a handful of mac users!

    http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/apple-issues-fix-to-combat-virus/
  23. Be careful with things like Sophos (& Norton), they can conflict with TimeMachine, they also run services (including update) with root access and can leave you more vulnerable, there are several threads over on MacRumours discussing the the hazards of this.

    TBH the best form of defence at the moment is a fresh installation of common sense (with regular updates).
  24. (a little more drive-by posting).
    This is worth noting: http://www.macrumors.com/2011/06/02/apple-responds-quickly-to-evolving-mac-defender-threat-with-updated-malware-definitions/
    OSX already has some form of built-in anti-malware, it just isn't updated very often; installing another AV/AM product on top of it could explain why there are some times conflicts.
  25. JustSomeJoe said:
    Be careful with things like Sophos (& Norton), they can conflict with TimeMachine, they also run services (including update) with root access and can leave you more vulnerable, there are several threads over on MacRumours discussing the the hazards of this.

    TBH the best form of defence at the moment is a fresh installation of common sense (with regular updates).
    Good answer exactly.Use your brains
  26. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    APPLE is taking action so it is more than a handful of mac users!

    http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/apple-issues-fix-to-combat-virus/
    Apple has a update for this malware already.
  27. acekaroo said:
    JustSomeJoe:

    Agree. I am a Windows convert. MacBook Pro 15" 7i SSD. Best computer I've ever owned. Love the software and ease of access to apps. SSD makes it even slicker.

    I am concerned with virus/malware...only a matter of time. Mac users are a fertile field for these maniacs & crooks and now many are state sponsored.

    In any event, do the commercial programs work? Many comments I've read suggest the commercial virus software does more damage than benefit. All of those comments have a tone of "don't admit a problem cause you'll tick off the gods", "don't give into the "man"" and "if you have to pay for protection, you're part of the problem".

    I want my great computer & software, but want protection also. Non-cult reponses appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

    DellConvert
    Try using Clam Xva is works and it is free also.
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