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  • Safari Browser is the Portal for New Malware Attacks on Mac OS X Users


    A significant new security threat has been detected and its putting Mac users on high alert today. Mac antivirus and security developer Intego has "discovered a rogue anti-malware program" dubbed MACDefender. According to a report from the agency, MACDefender attacks Macs via "SEO poisoning" assaults. (NOTE: The malware described here is in NO WAY affiliated with MacDefender, makers of popular geocaching software).

    When a user clicks on a link after performing a search on a search engine such as Google, this takes them to a web site whose page contains JavaScript that automatically downloads a file. In this case, the file downloaded is a compressed ZIP archive, which, if a specific option in a web browser is checked (Open “safe” files after downloading in Safari, for example), will open.
    Once the file is decompressed and the installer launches, users see what appears to be a friendly screen (see above image) prompting MACDefender setup (it should noted that because the software deceptively requires user agreement, the accompanying threat level warning for MACDefender surfaces as "low"). However, if the installation process is followed - a process that requires the entry of an administrator’s password - the software will call your computer its new home. And this is one digital house-guest you don't want.

    This latest security threat represents yet another example of how malware sites are capitalizing on Safari's "Open Safe Files" feature. Nonetheless, if you have installed the MACDefender software, there's a good chance you'll be able to uninstall the unwanted "house guest" in just a few steps - the first of which is searching for and deleting any and all references to "MACDefender" on your system.

    According to CNET:

    Currently antivirus definitions for Intego's VirusBarrier X6 software are being updated to address this threat, and it is likely other legitimate antivirus software companies are doing the same for their programs. Therefore, if you run VirusBarrier or other antivirus utilities then be sure to check for an update soon, and run a full scan on your system to remove the MACDefender malware.
    Source: Intego, CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Safari Browser is the Portal for New Malware Attacks on Mac OS X Users started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 61 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Just be smart about what you install, it's not that hard. I never use Safari cause it's not that great. People just need to put aside their differences and respect both Mac and Windows.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Just be smart about what you install, it's not that hard. I never use Safari cause it's not that great. People just need to put aside their differences and respect both Mac and Windows.
      Amen to that brother!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I use Safari 99% of the time and don't find anything wrong with it verses Chrome or Firefox.
      I use bookmark syncing via MobileMe between my Macbook Pro, iPhone and work PC alot too.
    1. CovariantTensor's Avatar
      CovariantTensor -
      This is why I use Firefox with NoScript.
    1. aidanski's Avatar
      aidanski -
      There are advantages and disadvantages of all OSes. Mac has great features which Windows or Linux may not and vice-versa. My main point is that each OS is practical for diffent uses and different users.
    1. Megaorange's Avatar
      Megaorange -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Just be smart about what you install, it's not that hard. I never use Safari cause it's not that great. People just need to put aside their differences and respect both Mac and Windows.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Considering how 98% of Mac users computer-illiterate and unwaveringly Apple-trusting, this should put a sizable dent in the hipster movement nationwide.


      It's called "Malware" - us PC users know exactly what it is. Yes, it is malicious and a virus. And yes, you can install a virus manually. There's no requirement stating that viruses MUST be installed autonomously.

      Sorry if I used big words.
      I know. Sometimes fanboys,ignorant people,and just plain stupid people make me question the future of humanity.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Well now that we know about it, don't install it. And/Or don't use Safari.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by imilad View Post
      I thought macs never get viruses
      they do when you install them

      it seems to be try before we work out how to self install
    1. Twimfy's Avatar
      Twimfy -
      I always have "open safe files" disabled as it irritates the hell out of me.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I always have that option unchecked anyway because it would mess with downloading of .ipsw files.

      Plus when it opens it asks you to install it. So this MALWARE requires you to install it by clicking next and so forth and then putting in your admin password.

      Being smart is the best way to fight it on any system by not just clicking any old thing. This one for OSX users is just simply knowing you did not start installing something yourself and stop it.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by jbardi View Post
      This is not a virus.. Stupid windows user are jumping all over this. You have to actually INSTALL it manually you morons.

      Macs do NOT have viruses. A virus installs without human interaction.. only a stupid winblows user like yourself wouldn't know the difference.
      WoW, you ok bro? seems like you have a lot of pent up anger towards windows users. What, a window user break your heart? Make you feel inadequate in the bedroom? It's ok sparking, lots of guys have small peckers and there's always some apple fangirl that is willing to pay way more than she should for less of a computer that you can hook up with.

      Been running windows sense win 98 and have NEVER had a virus and I go to some very shady sites. So, it's not a windows issue, it's a windows user issue, just as this appears to be a Safari user issue.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      WoW, you ok bro? seems like you have a lot of pent up anger towards windows users. What, a window user break your heart? Make you feel inadequate in the bedroom? It's ok sparking, lots of guys have small peckers and there's always some apple fangirl that is willing to pay way more than she should for less of a computer that you can hook up with.
      lol
    1. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      Just curious. Anyone have a good suggestion on what the best virus protection for a Mac would be?
    1. DJ NiveK's Avatar
      DJ NiveK -
      Guys stop fighting, its like this.

      You walk up to a roadkill and you pick it up with gloves on, if you eat it your going to get sick(Typing your password) if you put it down your good. You shouldn't have picked it up in the first place.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iSteed View Post
      Just curious. Anyone have a good suggestion on what the best virus protection for a Mac would be?
      I like VirusBarrier
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Oh no!

      Wait...I use Firefox as my default browser and I have ClamXav as my anti-virus protection...

      Whew...
    1. fungrified's Avatar
      fungrified -
      virus - "a piece of code that is capable of copying itself and typically has a detrimental effect, such as corrupting the system or destroying data."

      this software can not copy itself it can only be downloaded and installed by a user. therefore it is a trojan not a virus
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fungrified View Post
      virus - "a piece of code that is capable of copying itself and typically has a detrimental effect, such as corrupting the system or destroying data."

      this software can not copy itself it can only be downloaded and installed by a user. therefore it is a trojan not a virus
      Tojan...

      Do you know the history of the Trojan horse?

      That's how a Tojan virus works... That's why it is called Trojan virus. It is a virus
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      If you are a Mac user, you should know by now that the most common way to get a virus on a Mac is manually installing it. I wouldn't even install an antivirus in the first place so I would have just closed it and thrown it away. The day I get a virus from just opening a web page will be the day I can say OS X failed.

      Quote Originally Posted by iSteed View Post
      Just curious. Anyone have a good suggestion on what the best virus protection for a Mac would be?
      None. This so called "virus" is actually posing as an antivirus itsself. The one way I have prevented myself from getting viruses on my Mac is by not installinh antiviruses lol.
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Tojan...

      Do you know the history of the Trojan horse?

      That's how a Tojan virus works... That's why it is called Trojan virus. It is a virus
      Do you know the history of the trojan horse?
      The Greeks gave it as a gift to the Trojans, who had to accept it before it destroyed them
      A trojan and a virus are different
      up to your post, i have yet to see an explanation of the function of the malicious file. A trojan MAY contain a virus, or it can contain a backdoor, or the trojan itself can be a program downloading a virus

      edit:
      Quote Originally Posted by the first hit on googling "trojan" View Post
      A Trojan horse, or Trojan, is a destructive program that masquerades as a benign application. The software initially appears to perform a desirable function for the user prior to installation and/or execution, but (perhaps in addition to the expected function) steals information or harms the system.[1] Unlike viruses or worms, Trojan horses do not replicate themselves, but they can be just as destructive.
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      If you are a Mac user, you should know by now that the most common way to get a virus on a Mac is manually installing it. I wouldn't even install an antivirus in the first place so I would have just closed it and thrown it away. The day I get a virus from just opening a web page will be the day I can say OS X failed.



      None. This so called "virus" is actually posing as an antivirus itsself. The one way I have prevented myself from getting viruses on my Mac is by not installinh antiviruses lol.
      just as he said

      the best thing to do is use firefox and NoScript, or an equivilent extension on your favorite browser, should it exist. you'll find it blocks alot of annoying ads, unexpected bgmusic, and much more