Apple said Tuesday that it will deliver a Mac OS X update "in coming days" that will put its Mac Defender malware headaches to rest.
A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus. The user is then offered Mac Defender "anti-virus" software to solve the issue.
This “anti-virus” software is malware (i.e. malicious software). Its ultimate goal is to get the user's credit card information which may be used for fraudulent purposes.
The most common names for this malware are MacDefender, MacProtector and MacSecurity.
In the coming days, Apple will deliver a Mac OS X software update that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants. The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this malware.
For now there's a step by step workaround to manually remove the malware.
What took so long? Apple has historically hung its hat on being a malware free environment. The issue with that positioning is that Apple is a bigger part of the computing landscape. The more market share you have the larger a target you are for hackers.
Here's the Apple saga:
- Apple continues to tell support reps: do not help with Mac malware
- You have malware on your Mac and you call Apple support ... what happens next?
- Apple to support reps: "Do not attempt to remove malware"
- Crying wolf? Apple support forums confirm malware explosion
- An AppleCare support rep talks: Mac malware is "getting worse"
- What a Mac malware attack looks like
- Why malware for Macs is on its way
- Coming soon to a Mac near you: serious malware