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Kudos0

Regarding this MacDefender threat...

hey everyone-

I normally don't post to tell people when we are protecting against threats (Microsoft doesn't issue a press release when anyone successfully prints, right?), but I am getting a lot of emails about it and I just wanted to let you know that we have been protecting against the threat since May 2. We also shipped an IPS sig for the Mac platform. Sig 24222 went public for the Mac on May 6. 

So, there you go!  Hope you have a great weekend and thanks, as always, for your support.

-mike

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Kudos0

Re: Regarding this MacDefender threat...

Thanks Mike! I hadn't heard of this nasty item.

Here's some info on this item and its' variants.

"it keeps using different names -- MAC Defender, MacProtector, MacKeeper 911, Apple Security Center, Apple Web Security -- it's not hard to imagine the new names it will be using in the coming days"

 https://discussions.apple.com/message/15196471#15196471

"The most important thing for you to do going forward is to never enter your admin password to install something on your computer without knowing that it comes from a reputable source and what it will do once it's installed."

http://blog.intego.com/2011/05/02/intego-security-memo-macdefender-fake-antivirus/

http://blog.intego.com/2011/05/05/intego-discovers-new-variants-of-mac-defender-fake-antivirus/

Kudos0

Re: Regarding this MacDefender threat...

   I have Norton Anti Virus for Mac, updated a week ago.  Yesterday MacProtector showed up.  Running my virus scan did not eliminate it.  Any suggestions on what to do now?

Thank you.

Kudos1 Stats

Re: Regarding this MacDefender threat...

Two of the variants, or for anyone who can't get the Antivirus to detect or remove the Rogue correctly

Removal Instructions

Mac Protector   http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-mac-protector

Mac Defender  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-mac-defender

Quads

Kudos0

Re: Regarding this MacDefender threat...

Please also read the following post that I linked to above and will provide again. Bleepingcomputer seems to have missed the bleeping preference file. Check in ~/Library/Caches  as well.

 https://discussions.apple.com/message/15196471#15196471

Kudos0

Re: Regarding this MacDefender threat...

Just rid my Mac of MacDefender using these directions. The directions are very well done- explicit and easy to follow even for someone like me who is not adept.

Thank you!

Kudos1 Stats

Re: Regarding this MacDefender threat...

Two more variations for people users who are stuck

Mac Security  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-mac-security

Mac Guard     http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-mac-guard

Quads

Kudos0

Re: Regarding this MacDefender threat...

All OS X 10.6 users should run Software Update if they have not done so recently.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4657

Also, "Automatically update safe downloads list" should be checked in System Preferences->Security->General.

Kudos0

Re: Regarding this MacDefender threat...

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