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  1. #1
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    Nov 2009

    Mac Users: New Computer Virus

    Widespread Virus Proves Macs Are No Longer Safe From Hackers


    For years, Mac users have been told that not only are they cooler than their PC counterparts, they are safer too. Apple has always held that computer viruses and malware only dogged its competitors.

    That is no longer the case.

    This week, security researchers discovered a new computer virus had infected half a million Mac users — about half of them in the United States. The virus is infesting users in the most surreptitious way possible: users need not manually click on any malicious links or manually download any malware to get infected. The program simply downloads itself. Once downloaded, the malware’s creators gain a back door that gives them unauthorized access to the victim’s computer.

    Mac Flashback malware: What it is and how to get rid of it (FAQ)


    Apple's Mac platform has long been promoted as safer than the competition, but as Mac sales and market share grow, it's become a bigger target.

    Nowhere is that clearer than with the Flashback Trojan, a gnarly piece of malware designed to steal personal information by masquerading as very mainstream browser plug-ins. Yesterday Russian antivirus company Dr. Web said that an estimated 600,000 Macs are now infected as a result of users unknowingly installing the software.

    So here's a quick FAQ on the Flashback Trojan, including information on what it is, how to tell if you have it, and steps you can take to get rid of it.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    In my own little corner in my own little chair
    Can this affect ipads too? (I'm kind of clueless about these things)
    May you dream you are dreaming in a warm soft bed
    and the voices inside you that fill you with dread
    make the sounds of thousands of angels instead
    tonight where you might be laying your head.
    I wish you well.
    ~~~~~~~~~~Patty Griffin~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~Nobody's Crying~~~~~~~~

    My posts are my own opinion, unless a link is included.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2010


    Your iPad is safe, it uses an operating system called "iOS".

    The virus is for Mac computers, which use the "OSX" operating system (completely different).

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    WOW. THANKS SO MUCH! checked my mac and am soooo relieved!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Palm Springs
    Quote Originally Posted by doubt View Post
    WOW. THANKS SO MUCH! checked my mac and am soooo relieved!
    Ditto. Thank you very much. Now if I can just get my hands on that kid at the Apple Store who told me if I bought a Mac, I would never have to worry about viruses...

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    333 Halfway to Hell
    Whew!!! Thank you once again WS!!!!!! Happy Happy Joy Joy!!!!
    JMO, MOO, Doing my best. I am not perfect and I don't expect you to be either.

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