Malware Creators are Targeting Apple Users

While most of Apple fans have been convinced that Macs don’t need antivirus software, it seems like hackers have overcome Apple’s malware – blocking code and released some viruses. Starting with Mac Defender, Mac Guard has additionally been let into the wild. However, though Apple has released new security update with the initial set of definitions after one month additionally, a new version of Mac Defender has also appeared quiet quickly – after less than 8 hours after update was released. It was named Mdinstall.pkg, so watch out!

It must be mentioned, that Mac Defender, Mac Guard and the new one, Mac Shield, acts identically as typical rogue anti-spywares spreading through regular computers. After the test on Safari, it can be said that Mac Defender/Mac Guard manages to get inside the system from innocent – looking Google search result and within three clicks begins the installation process without any password required. Downloading these scams with Firefox or Chrome looks slightly different, but you will see the same design dialog box.

Once Mac Defender, Mac Guard or Mac Shield manages to get inside, it will be configured to start automatically, that means as soon as you login to your Mac. Of course, just like any other malware, it will start seeking to swindle your money, so it will pretend to scan computer for viruses and then will state about numerous viruses detected. Computer experts highly recommend never purchasing Mac Shield for cleaning these fake infections, because you will simply lose your money.

If you have become one of those victims that have Mac Defender/Mac Guard/Mac Shield inside, you must remove them. So, remove it manually from Applications folder or download antivirus for Mac, for example Sophos antivirus.

  1. Andy says:
    June 19th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    thanks for writing this review for us.. 🙂

  2. Invisible_Jester25 says:
    August 29th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    What’s really sad is even this won’t convince the most fanboyish, uppity Mac users to change their ways and get an AntiViSpy program. These people will be the ones paying later when they have spyware and malware on their Mac, and their friend, whom they called foolish for “wasting money” on an Antivirus program for their Mac, has a completely clean system. 🙂

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