Apple to block 'Mac Defender' scarewareSoftware update will combat virulent malware

25 May 2011

Mac Defender

Mac Defender scares users by claiming their Mac is infected with viruses.

Apple has announced it will release a software update to block the recently revealed Mac Defender malware, a fake anti virus attack that's targeted Apple computer users.

Mac Defender, which we first reported on last week, is a malware that affects Mac computers. 

It's downloaded automatically when browsing infected websites and, if allowed to install, displays fake alerts and prompts users to pay for the 'full version' of the program.

According to an informant from Apple's support team, the company had received a massive surge in calls relating to the problem. 

However, Apple's official response at the time was to not help customers as the Apple Care support team wasn't intended to solve security problems.

Related: Choosing the best security software guide

Official removal guide and patch coming

Apple has now responded to the threat. In an official statement it said: '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.'

It's also posted an official guide to removing the infection on its support website.

If you're concerned about security on your Mac computer, it may be worth installing an anti-virus program. Many of the programs in our security software reviews also have Mac versions.

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