Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th May 2011 17:02 UTC, submitted by kaiwai
Mac OS X Well, it took them long enough. Apple has finally acknowledged the existence of the MAC Defender trojan, and has offered removal instructions. The company has also promised a security update to Mac OS X that will block MAC Defender and its variants from working. All this information was published in the form of a support document on Apple's website. Update: Well, that was fast. A new variant of the trojan, called Mac Guard, has been discovered. Unlike previous variants, this one does not require users to enter their administrative password.
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by poundsmack on Wed 25th May 2011 19:44 UTC
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2005-07-13

"Update: Well, that was fast. A new variant of the trojan, called Mac Guard, has been discovered. Unlike previous variants, this one does not require users to enter their administrative password."

You know what, as someone who's used Windows over Mac and liked it that way, i have a great feeling of smug satisfaction knowing i can walk up to pretentious mac users and say "welcome to hell suckers!" ;)

not all mac users mind you, just the "I'll buy anything shiny that's made by apple" fans who defend it to the death simply because it's apple. you know the type...

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RE: :)
by systyrant on Wed 25th May 2011 19:58 in reply to ":)"
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2007-01-18

From what I've seen it's pretty easy to get rid of it unlike it's PC cousin. And the new version that doesn't require the root password probably has extremely limited access to anything outside the users directories.

I've not had it on my Mac, but I did get the pc variant and the only way to fix the damage it did was with a complete format of the PC. Does the Mac variant cause the same kind of headaches?

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by poundsmack on Wed 25th May 2011 20:06 in reply to "RE: :)"
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2005-07-13

Not sure how lethal the mac one is, but the pc one is fairly easily removed these day with Malwarebytes and or SuperAntiSpyware.

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by wocowboy on Thu 26th May 2011 10:34 in reply to "RE: :)"
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2006-06-01

I would wager that most people would say closing a program and dragging it to the trash, etc, is a FAR FAR FAR less major problem to get rid of than having to erase/reformat/reinstall your whole operating system and all your software, as is the Windows method of Defender removal. Good lord, this isn't anywhere close to being as severe as 99% of the millions of Windows malware and viruses that are in the wild. That's why I made my other statement that got modded down like I expected it to; you people are blowing this "threat" so far out of proportion in an effort to make Mac users think they are now susceptible to all the Windows problems you have had to suffer/deal with, but I don't think this even comes close. I have been a Windows user, I have had to erase/reformat/reinstall dozens of times, so I know the pain and agony of losing EVERYTHING. And so I say again: this is NOWHERE close to that process!

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RE: :)
by senshikaze on Wed 25th May 2011 20:22 in reply to ":)"
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You know what, as someone who's used Windows over Mac and liked it that way, i have a great feeling of smug satisfaction knowing i can walk up to pretentious mac users and say "welcome to hell suckers!" ;)


And as a Linux user I'll just be over here, not burning.
;)

What I want to know is how they got it to not ask permission. My work mac still sometimes asks me for the password when opening Chrome.(I guess due to the auto-updater? Not sure)

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RE: :)
by zetsurin on Thu 26th May 2011 02:57 in reply to ":)"
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2006-06-13

"I'll buy anything shiny that's made by apple"

They're actually worse than that, it's more like:

"I'll ONLY buy anything shiny that's made by apple".

I think you're entitled to some smugness. It balances out all the Apple user smugness that's been polluting the interwebs. I'm an Apple user myself, but also own competing products. Essentially I buy whatever suits my needs without caring too much about who makes it. That steps me out of line a bit on the Apple forums I frequent though.

Those apologist Apple users are now trying to insist that - get this - the lack of malware on the Mac was due to the more intelligent users (as they can't use the 'better OS' argument now), but now an increase of malware on OSX can be attributed by the lower intelligence of the newer switchers. Unbelievably, they still manage to try to out-smug the smug!

It's always simply been because Apple has a smaller user-base. I think that fact can't be argued anymore, there will be loads more malware on the way given the press this this one has received.

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