RARE VIRUS THREAT TO MAC COMPUTERS!!!

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    May 11, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    A few online sites, including Google searches and MSNBC News, will try to download malware to Mac computers.

    It's called "Mac Defender" and will pretend to be from Apple. It says you have been infected by malware, but that's untrue. The malware is the message itself.

    I phoned Apple directly and was told this. I use Apple's own Safari browser, and was advised to go to Preferences in the upper menu bar under the word Safari, and make sure that "Open 'safe' files after downloading" is unchecked.

    Which is how I already had it set, why this thing didn't try to open on me. If it opens, it asks for personal information, which you must NOT provide.

    I just went to the Apple store and purchased an additional anti-virus program, something I've never been much concerned about before, only putting those things on my Windows computers. But I've read that Macs are being increasingly targeted.

    So it's running right now, and it was surprising to see that I've got over a million-and-a-half files to be scanned. That's more bytes than my first home computer had in the early 1980s, much less files. Of course now the storage is in the many gigabytes, actually over a terabyte.

    So Mac users be aware. And consider unchecking that box if you use Safari.
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    May 11, 2011 10:13 PM GMT
    yes its the end of the world ;)
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    May 11, 2011 10:22 PM GMT
    I once asked my techy friends about this kind of thing and was told that contrary to apple's marketing, the only reason there weren't viruses for mac was because nobody bothered to make them but looking at the security for macs they're unbelievably easy to exploit for this kind of thing.
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    May 11, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    charlitos saidyes its the end of the world ;)

    LOL, well, hardly that. But for those of us with Macs, a fairly rare occurrence that just happened, confirmed to me by Apple themselves. And that can be bad enough if your own computer is infected. So I thought I'd share the information.
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    May 12, 2011 12:32 AM GMT
    What if you use Firefox?
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    May 12, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidWhat if you use Firefox?

    I dunno. I don't and didn't ask Apple about that. Do you use a Mac, and gotten this malware?
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    May 12, 2011 12:43 AM GMT
    fountains saidI once asked my techy friends about this kind of thing and was told that contrary to apple's marketing, the only reason there weren't viruses for mac was because nobody bothered to make them but looking at the security for macs they're unbelievably easy to exploit for this kind of thing.


    That's because only ~15% of the world uses OS X- it's not worth the investment.
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    May 12, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info. I've been using mac products for a long long time and have never worried about it, but now that they are becoming more popular I have become a little more worried about viruses and such. So thanks.
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    May 12, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    lol that is not new..I have got that pop up "virus" several times (first time was years ago) and my computer has never been infected.
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    May 12, 2011 1:08 AM GMT
    Sucks for you Mac users!!! Oh wait, there are still a million things like that for us Windows users...damn...
  • commoncoll

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    May 12, 2011 1:09 AM GMT
    I use Firefox on my mac. It is fine and I have not received that message. I neither use nor like Safari so don't know about that.
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    May 12, 2011 1:13 AM GMT
    Years ago, when I worked in a corporate environment that used macs, we'd get viruses on campus... oh probably quarterly. Usually it was some secretary that opened some unbelievably lame bait attachment and/or forwarded it to a zillion people inside the firewall. I don't recall ever having one on a machine of mine.
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    May 12, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    computerprobs.gifDo Macs even have virus protection programs?! I've never even heard of one!
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    May 12, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
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    KSUOWL saidSucks for you Mac users!!! Oh wait, there are still a million things like that for us Windows users...damn...
    1269629543280.jpgDoesn't sound so bad?


    I am laughing right now, tears in my eyes.
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    May 12, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    A1EX said
    fountains saidI once asked my techy friends about this kind of thing and was told that contrary to apple's marketing, the only reason there weren't viruses for mac was because nobody bothered to make them but looking at the security for macs they're unbelievably easy to exploit for this kind of thing.


    That's because only ~15% of the world uses OS X- it's not worth the investment.

    Correct!

    But there are bored enough hackers and they're becoming more common. icon_sad.gif
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    May 12, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    KSUOWL saidSucks for you Mac users!!! Oh wait, there are still a million things like that for us Windows users...damn...
    1269629543280.jpgDoesn't sound so bad?



    LOOOOOOOOOOL.
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    May 12, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    KSUOWL saidSucks for you Mac users!!! Oh wait, there are still a million things like that for us Windows users...damn...
    1269629543280.jpgDoesn't sound so bad?


    That's a really retarded post with zero basis in fact. I've had Macs my whole life and there's not a PC in the world that can come close to one. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 12, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    I don't think there's much to worry about, per se. This isn't a vulnerability with the OS. It's a vulnerability of the user. It's not a virus. The malware just doesn't install itself. It tricks the user into installing it. This is the same malware that's been targeted towards Windows users for some time now. There's one specifically for Chrome users too.

    This is what kinda worries me about Apple and their OS. They give users a false sense of security and make users believe that Macs are impervious to all the malware on the internet. They trust their Macs 100%. Fact is, the biggest weakness to any OS is the user. Everyone should exercise caution whenever they get random system messages. Especially if you're prompted to install software.

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    May 12, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    Scruffypup saidThat's a really retarded post with zero basis in fact. I've had Macs my whole life and there's not a PC in the world that can come close to one. icon_rolleyes.gif
    Can your mac right click?



    Yes, as a matter of fact it can. Where have you been? The single button mouse has been gone for years.
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    May 12, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    If it's rare, who cares?
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    May 12, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    We get this for Pc all the time.
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    May 12, 2011 4:04 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidThat's weird. Every mac I've dealt with in the past 2 years has been single click.


    Yes it is. I've been 'right clicking' on a mac for the past four years- their mice might only have one button- as well as their track pads- but you can 'right click.' I figured out how to do it almost instantly... this just makes me question your intelligence.
  • timmytwister

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    May 12, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    Trolileo saidPlease enlighten me on how to use such a simple function on a $2,000 product that I can do easily on an $800 product.

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    Both Lexus and Kia have steering wheels but I know which one I'd rather drive.

    But seriously, Trolileo, don't turn this into another lame "Mac vs PC" thread. It's individual taste. Leave it at that.

    And Macs CAN get viruses, although its very rare. In fact, years ago, a Mac magazine (which I always picked up) discovered a worm on their CD which was inserted in every issue - they had to pull all the copies off the shelves.

    Thanks for the warning, Art_Deco!
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    May 12, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    Scruffypup saidThat's a really retarded post with zero basis in fact. I've had Macs my whole life and there's not a PC in the world that can come close to one. icon_rolleyes.gif
    Can your mac right click?



    Umm......yes it can. Any other dumb questions?
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    May 12, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    Side note:
    Although a majority of malware and viruses are written for Windows, it doesn't mean that Macs are totally immune. It's possible for Macs to be carriers of malware and viruses. That's why most corporations require Mac users to install anti-virus programs, if they plan to use their personal Macs instead of the company issued Windows computers.

    So if your IT guy tells you to install an anti-virus program on your Mac, don't scoff at him. Cuz you don't want to be the one that introduced a nasty virus on your company network. icon_lol.gif