Yes, even Macs are victims to viruses. A new malware named MacDefender, has been reported around Apple Discussion forums to be targetting Mac computers specifically. The trojan appears to be surfacing for users who browse with Safari and using Google Images. A notice will appear claiming that your computer is infected with viruses and you must download and install MacDefender to remove them. What makes MacDefender dangerous is the fact that it bypasses the Safari protection system that automatically accepts trusted software. After installation, every time the computer is started and a user logs into their desktop, MacDefender will launch and ask for you to purchase their software, which in turn provides them with your credit card information. According to DigitalTrends, there is no harm to your computer other than the program running on startup and bugging you for your credit card information. This program can easily be removed, if you have been infected or want to know what to do to prevent infection, please read on.
To Prevent MacDefender Infection
If you haven’t been infected by the MacDefender trojan, there are some things you can do to prevent it. The obvious would be to change to a different web browser such as Firefox or Chrome. Another option, is to turn off Safari’s ability to open “safe” files after downloading. Simply uncheck the box and restart Safari.
How to Remove MacDefender
If you have already been infected, you can remove it in some fairly easy steps.
- Go to Applications, and then Utilities to check the Activity Monitor. Disable anything with “MacDefender” in the name.
- Go to Library, Startup Items, and in there look for in LaunchAgents and LaunchDaemons for anything with “MacDefender” in the name. Quit any running applications.
- Go back to the Applications folder and drag and drop MacDefender from there to the trash. Delete trash.
- Search for anything on your system with “MacDefender” in the name and delete anything returned.
Steps for removal can also be found at The Next Web.
Source: DigitalTrends, The Next Web