Mac Attack

In an article earlier this month, we told you how viruses have changed over the years. They started out as pranks created by malicious people with too much time on their hands. These days, infections are big business because they bring in a lot of money. In previous articles we have also talked about Apple computers. They don’t have as many infections because there haven’t been enough of them to warrant an attack. Yes there have been infections targeted toward Apple computers, but compared to those targeted at Microsoft Windows, it was nothing.

In addition, we’ve told you before that the most common type of infection we see here at Cyber Tek Computer Pros is what is often referred to as ScareWare. These are those fake security programs that sneak onto your system, tell you your system is infected, and then try to get you to purchase their fake product promising to remove all of the supposed infections on your computer. Of course what they are really trying to do is to get your credit card number.

ScareWare infections are now starting to hit Apple computers. An infection that calls itself Mac Defender is becoming increasingly common. What is twice as dangerous about this one is that many Mac users are of the opinion that they are invulnerable to infection, which is not true. Because of this attitude, infection rates for Mac Defender are very high as overconfident Mac users are falling for this attack. Mac Defender has other names including Apple Security and MacProtect.

If you or someone you know has a Mac, please make sure anti-virus/anti-spyware security software is installed. If it’s not installed, you can download and install one for free by going to the link below. Here’s the link:

http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx

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