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  • Apple Releases OS X Update to Quarantine MAC Defender Malware



    The much covered MAC Defender malware and inaction on Apple's part clean up the mess, has finally been fixed.

    Apple released a Security Update today which adds malware detection and removal for the "MAC Defender" malware. Using the malware list Apple has been keeping since 2009 the update adds a tool to SnowLeopard that removes malware based on the list.

    The simple File Quarantine feature, added to OS X when Snow Leopard first came out, examines external files downloaded within quarantine-aware applications (Mail, iChat, Safari, etc.) and warns users of downloads that match the malware definitions.

    Also, the addition of a daily malware definitions check with the security update will make future malware attacks less of a PR nightmare.

    The security update is available for download on Apple's download page and as an automatic update.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Releases OS X Update to Quarantine MAC Defender Malware started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Je5's Avatar
      Je5 -
      Well thats good news for mac users THANK YOU APPLE!!!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Removing the "Open Safe files after downloading" feature of Safari would also be advised. Or at least set it to off by default and not on by default.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      I wish Microsoft would care that much about every single virus for windows. Maybe I'd use it more then lol.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Every month Microsoft update windows's built in list of viruses, you only need virus protection to protect you whilst Microsoft update the list.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Meh, not a big deal in the first place, took all of one minute to get rid of