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Security firm Intego announced Monday that a fake antivirus program for Mac OS X has been discovered in the wild. While the threat potential remains low, inexperienced users could be fooled into paying to remove fake viruses "detected" by the software, and in the process, could end up giving credit card information to scammers.
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Well is this the year of Macs getting viruses?

I am sorry but is it sad that I smiled a little bit when I discovered this?

Today I had a client come in because her new Mac (>1 week old) had this weird pop up. When I told her it was a virus she FLIPPED!

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In other words, security through obscurity is no security at all.
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It's a trojan not a virus, every user that installs it does so by inputting their password. It's user error, not mac error. Most PC users get 10 of these same popups a week. It's as much of a virus as a phishing site.
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It's a trojan not a virus, every user that installs it does so by inputting their password. It's user error, not mac error. Most PC users get 10 of these same popups a week. It's as much of a virus as a phishing site.
Whatever it is, here is the truth...as soon as mac osx stops "potecting" users from themselves, they lose a significant amount of their marketability.
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In other words, security through obscurity is no security at all.
^This.
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They are usually marketed under optimization programs... The only way this would be effective on a Mac is if you can't simply delete it. On windows it modifies and creates tons of registry keys. Macs don't.
Edited by MGX1016 - 5/11/11 at 10:59pm
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Sorry, Kool-Aid man is much cooler than Aw-Yeah man.
QFT (I also see what you did thar)
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Is it bad that this made my day and it's only 2:30AM here? I might be a virus-gettin' PC, but at least I know how to deal with them.
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They are usually marketed under optimization programs... The only way this would be effective on a Mac is if you can't simply delete it. On windows it modifies and creates tons of registry keys. Macs don't.
The one that I had to deal with was not as simple as deleting it. Although their is no registry or rootkit fixes, we did have to modify safari (we just reinstalled it because it was quicker) and it was gone.

But besides that, I can wait to hear someone once again say, "My Mac is superior, it can not get viruses."

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