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Thread: Flashback Trojan Reportedly Infected Roughly 600,000 Macs Worldwide

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    This isn't really apple fault, as it is a vulnerability in Java, which is made by Oracle

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    ClamxAV is a much better option for a free antivirus.

    Get the one from their site not the appstore. The appstore version does not have the sentry; which is a live scanner to watch a folder i.e. download folder.

    ClamXav


    Avoid Sophos at all costs. It will actually make you more vulnerable. It's update part runs as admin.

    Or use nothing and be aware of what you are doing on the web and have the "automatically update safe downloads list" in the preference>security panel.
    Last edited by Cer0; 04-05-2012 at 03:10 PM.

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    how would I know if my mac is infected?

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    Quote Originally Posted by budsalinger View Post
    how would I know if my mac is infected?
    use the link provided in the article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by budsalinger View Post
    how would I know if my mac is infected?
    The link in the article: Threat Description: Trojan-DownloaderSX/Flashback.I

    Also note if you have any of these installed it auto canceled itself at the start. It checks to see if you have these apps installed:

    /Library/Little Snitch
    /Developer/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/MacOS/Xcode
    /Applications/VirusBarrier X6.app
    /Applications/iAntiVirus/iAntiVirus.app
    /Applications/avast!.app
    /Applications/ClamXav.app
    /Applications/HTTPScoop.app
    /Applications/Packet Peeper.app

    It also check for :

    /Applications/Microsoft Word.app
    /Applications/Microsoft Office 2008
    /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011
    /Applications/Skype.app


    I use littlesnitch myself anyway.

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    The only reason Macs did not get viruses in the past was because the installed Mac user base was too small for virus writers to bother with. Now that Mac is much more popular, there will be viruses. There was never any "magic" about being a Mac that kept viruses away.

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    Thanks for the link F-Secure. I followed their instructions and have determined my Mac is clean, yay me

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    Quote Originally Posted by corgi1 View Post
    The only reason Macs did not get viruses in the past was because the installed Mac user base was too small for virus writers to bother with. Now that Mac is much more popular, there will be viruses. There was never any "magic" about being a Mac that kept viruses away.
    That's not the main reason. It actually plays a small role in the reason but still a small reason. It has to do more with it being built on Unix and how Unix handles permissions. If you notice most of this trojan required the input of admin password to work. OS9 was riddled with actual viruses and it had a small footprint too. That's because it was not built on top of Unix.

    (BTW I LOVE corgis. Hope to get one some day.)

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