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  • Snow Leopard Malware Blocker Left for Dead


    One of the many "stealth" updates in Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard release last year was the operating system's first integrated malware blocker. The utility scans downloaded files for malware, which is increasingly becoming an issue on the Mac platform. According to a security blog, however, Apple has not updated the utility's signature database in months.

    Threat Post is the blog of Kaspersky Lab bills itself as "the world’s largest privately held anti-malware company." In a post this week, researcher Ryan Naraine wrote that Apple has not updated the OS X Snow Leopard malware blocker for six months. Naraine says that there are no new anti-malware signature updates to the XProtect.plist file that contained antidotes for OSX.RSPlug.A and OSX.Iservice, two Trojan horses targeting Mac OS X.

    Trojans like RSPlug.A are a new class of DNSChanger malware to appear on the Mac, largely through downloads of pirate software. DNSChangers modify the Mac’s DNS server and allow redirects of innocuous web requests, leading users to phishing web sites, or to web pages displaying ads for pornographic web sites. In the first case, users who think they are on legitimate sites may unthinkingly enter a user name and password, a credit card, or an account number. The redirected ads are probably just another way to get people to download porn, which continues to be one of the most lucrative industries on the internet.

    Naraine also notes that the currently available version of the blocker is also "rudimentary," only scanning downloads from certain applications like Safari, Firefox, iChat, and Mail. Apple continues to recommend users install a third-party malware blocker as security threats to Macs increase.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Snow Leopard Malware Blocker Left for Dead started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. snap1500's Avatar
      snap1500 -
      haha
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      So what are good malware blockers for Macs? Anyone have good recommendations?
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
      So what are good malware blockers for Macs? Anyone have good recommendations?
      I've used Avast for my Windows PC and i would recommend it for Mac as well. It's free for windows and mac (home version).
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      I've used Avast for my Windows PC and i would recommend it for Mac as well. It's free for windows and mac (home version).
      When I had a p/c I used avast, or zonealarm. However I found both to be resource hogs.
      Have not tried Avast on a mac, is it a hog on mac as it is windows?
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
      When I had a p/c I used avast, or zonealarm. However I found both to be resource hogs.
      Have not tried Avast on a mac, is it a hog on mac as it is windows?
      Avast has been the lightest protection for me actually. It has never been a hog. I have used Symantec and Mcafee and those are horrible. I'm going to try Avast for Mac tonight and see how it is but, i'm thinking it will be just like the PC version. I'm surprised it was a hog for you.
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Avast has been the lightest protection for me actually. It has never been a hog. I have used Symantec and Mcafee and those are horrible. I'm going to try Avast for Mac tonight and see how it is but, i'm thinking it will be just like the PC version. I'm surprised it was a hog for you.
      Please let me know how it works out. Being the pirate that I am I guess I need to worry!
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
      Please let me know how it works out. Being the pirate that I am I guess I need to worry!
      LMAO ok dl as we speak i'll be back for an update.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Avast! and iAntivirus are taking the job for me.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Well after downloading Avast i ran a scan and then, opened up a few applications. It is noticeably a little bit slower but bearable. I don't like the options and preferences for the Mac version of Avast. It seems a lot more simpler on the PC side IMO. I also, rebooted the Mac and ran applications and everything seems fast and smooth so i don't know if Avast is running in the background or not. However, i did select to run on start up when i first installed it. Soo... i would say for anyone to try it for themselves to see how it works. i give it a C+/B-. The interface of Avast is what bothers me the most.
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      Thanks Hollow0. I think I will pass on Avast for now and continue riding commando until something else comes out or I catch something! Lol!!!
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
      Thanks Hollow0. I think I will pass on Avast for now and continue riding commando until something else comes out or I catch something! Lol!!!
      lol no problem man. I think i might go commando style too. I'll give it a week or so and see how it performs.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
      So what are good malware blockers for Macs? Anyone have good recommendations?
      -intego net barrier
      -intego virus barrier
      [both come with dual protection options if your also running windows on your mac]

      anything from intego. as its platform is designed for a mac.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      -intego net barrier
      -intego virus barrier
      [both come with dual protection options if your also running windows on your mac]

      anything from intego. as its platform is designed for a mac.
      Wow man i just checked this out and it really is made for the Mac. I have another program at home for firewall but can't remember the name. I want to try this one out. How is it during using the Mac? Does it slow anything down? I would only be using the netbarrier.
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Wow man i just checked this out and it really is made for the Mac. I have another program at home for firewall but can't remember the name. I want to try this one out. How is it during using the Mac? Does it slow anything down? I would only be using the netbarrier.
      Yea, it does look good, but I would prefer a trial method before dropping the cash for this program to ensure I am satisfied with its performance and backgrounding...
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
      Yea, it does look good, but I would prefer a trial method before dropping the cash for this program to ensure I am satisfied with its performance and backgrounding...
      Dropping cash? Wait a minute i thought you said you were a pirate... :P

      But, it does offer a trial method.
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Dropping cash? Wait a minute i thought you said you were a pirate... :P

      But, it does offer a trial method.
      LOL! I will pirate a lot of things, but not virus or malware protection! To risky!
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
      LOL! I will pirate a lot of things, but not virus or malware protection! To risky!
      Understandable! I'm going to try this later on this evening. If you get to it first let me know how it is.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      this wont last long...
    1. Forever Young's Avatar
      Forever Young -
      Does anyone know if ClamXAV has anti-malware capabilities?
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Wow man i just checked this out and it really is made for the Mac. I have another program at home for firewall but can't remember the name. I want to try this one out. How is it during using the Mac? Does it slow anything down? I would only be using the netbarrier.
      Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
      Yea, it does look good, but I would prefer a trial method before dropping the cash for this program to ensure I am satisfied with its performance and backgrounding...
      completely non intrusive. doesnt lag anything (net barrier).[unless doing a full hardrive scan on a new update. as its rescaning EVERY file with its new information] but thats understandable. just do these types of scans overnight before you go to bed. otherwise standard scans while doing other things dont intrude.[unless your accessing the files its trying to scan] but again that makes sense too. otherwise i have no idea its even there. when scanning for viruses first time and when it has updates, it can take quite a while to scan. [full system] about a few hours. has trial downloads for both, if you want to test interface. i prefer loading these types of programs from disk, to ensure im installing a "clean" version. so i bought. net barrier is allways by default running in background [has ZERO lag regardless what is going on] will not turn off unless you manually override. then on next bootup it by default turns itself back on. allways protecting you. has a vast library of threats to protect against. and you can edit them as you like to your taste. net barrier has like one update a year [virus barrier very often]. and you have to renew your subscriptions every year to continually get updates for both. it will still work if you dont renew. just will be on the last update you installed. subscriptions cost vary depending on software installed.