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Old Apr 5, 2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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"Flashback" virus?

Anyone heard of this and how to get rid of it?


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Old Apr 5, 2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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It is not a virus, it is a trojan.

Here are instructions. The link was included in the story on the front page.

Currently there are zero viruses affecting Mac OS X in public circulation, but there are other kinds of malware existing, that can infect your Mac.
But as long as you don't install software from unknown and untrusted sources, you are safe, as malware needs administrative permissions to run successfully, which means, you need to install the malware yourself, it can't install itself (one of the reasons, why a Mac OS X virus hasn't appeared yet).
To learn more about malware in Mac OS X and what steps can be taken to protect yourself, read the following F.A.Q.:
Mac Virus/Malware Info by GGJstudios
The above F.A.Q. includes the following topics:
  • Malware terminology - What is the difference between viruses, worms, and Trojans?
  • Antivirus apps
  • What security steps should I take?
  • What about sending files to Windows users?
  • Why am I being redirected to other sites?
  • Recent threats in the news

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Old Apr 5, 2012, 12:12 PM   #3
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To easily check for the presence of the Flashback trojan, read this.
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