05-19-2011, 12:54 PM #1MacDefender malware protection and removal guide
MacDefender malware protection and removal guide
The MacDefender malware has been wreaking havoc for Mac users all over the world. The attack, which displays a message stating that your machine has been infected with viruses that only a "MacDefender" app can remove, has been spreading rapidly. As we stated earlier, MacDefender doesn't infect Macs with a virus, nor does it run a keylogger as a background process on your machine. It's simply trying to scare users into providing credit card information by registering an unneeded piece of software. There are already variants of this malware: MacSecurity and MacProtector are very similar in the way they work.
It's been reported that Apple is telling support reps to not remove this malware. You're on your own, but TUAW is here to help you. Read more to find out how to protect yourself from this malware, what a MacDefender attack looks like, and how to remove the malware if it is running on your Mac.
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