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Fake Mac OS X Antivirus Program Discovered

Category: Operating Systems, Bugs / Virus
Posted: 02:43PM

MAC Defender, a fake antivirus software was discovered by Intego (security firm) on Monday. The fake antivirus software shows the infected user that it has found viruses on the Mac, and in order to get rid of the viruses one would need to buy the Mac Defender software. If an inexperienced user bought this program it could possibly end up taking the user's credit card information and send it off to scammers. The creators of Mac Defender have also used SEO poisoning to pump up the ranking of the Mac Defender website in order to make the unsuspecting user think it is a legit website and program. If a user visits the malicious webpage a window will appear and tell the user they have been infected and an automatic download of Mac Defender will show up asking the user to unzip and install the file. You can help to prevent yourself from accidently executing a malicious file by making sure your web browser is not set to automatically open downloaded files.

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Guest_Jim_* on May 3, 2011 04:18PM
I thought Mac's couldn't get viruses? Computer's don't get viruses. Idiot users get viruses. (This is a hyperbole, so please don't flame the idiot 'comment.' Just an attempt at humor.)
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peter on May 3, 2011 11:09PM
i agree with comment guest jim says. its very easy to get a computer virus on a regulkar pc but on macs if theyve finally gotten viruses on them. then god help those using macs. (WINDOWS 7 ALL THE WAY xD)
Munkypoo7 on May 4, 2011 08:40AM
The Mac commercials tell me that Macs do not get viruses. Therefore, this article is a lie.

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