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Posted: 04/06/12 07:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Found a reference to this on another RV site. Mac OSx users maybe should read this for further information.ZDNET April 4 Notice the 2 months lag for a resolution.

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So much for the Fairy tale that Mac's don't get viruses . The fact is they never usually get Viruses because the evil individuals who write viruses have never seen Apple as a big enough market segment to bother with. These evil people could not have enough impact with a virus directed at macs. They are just as vulnerable as other operating systems if some virus writer puts his mind to it.

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Found a reference to this on another RV site. Mac OSx users maybe should read this for further information.ZDNET April 4 Notice the 2 months lag for a resolution.


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The latest incarnation of the Flashback trojan is the first piece of malware in the wild to be able to install itself under Mac OS X without needing an administrator username and password. This is, of course, in comparison to the tens of thousands of such hazards Windows users have been subjected to over at least the last decade.

And you two are right: it has always been a myth that Mac's can't get viruses/trojans/worms, etc. What hasn't been a myth is that they haven't gotten them. Part of the reason, as you cited, was that the bad guys saw them as too much work for too little gain. With gains in market share and improvements in Windows security, Macs are now in play.

Even if all the bad guys in the world put every moment of their waking effort into making ONLY Mac malware, it'll still be YEARS before we Mac owners suffer as many threats as you Windows types.

As an officer of a local Mac owners club, I've been recommending for a couple years that people (a) keep up with updates; (b) install and keep updated and running anti-virus software (the best two of which are free, btw); (c) surf only using a non-admin account; (d) keep up with updates; and (e) did I mention, keep up with your updates?

For any Mac owners for whom any of this is news, read this article: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57410050-263/mac-flashback-malware-what-it-is-and-how-to-get-rid-of-it-faq/?tag=mncol;txt





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Maxi Signal wrote:

So much for the Fairy tale that Mac's don't get viruses . The fact is they never usually get Viruses because the evil individuals who write viruses have never seen Apple as a big enough market segment to bother with. These evil people could not have enough impact with a virus directed at macs. They are just as vulnerable as other operating systems if some virus writer puts his mind to it.

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Found a reference to this on another RV site. Mac OSx users maybe should read this for further information.ZDNET April 4 Notice the 2 months lag for a resolution.


It's not a virus, it is a trojan. This forum has had several discussions about trojan attacks on Macs, including the previous form of this one. The thing that is unique about this variant is that it does not require an administrative password to install itself - a OS X flaw - actually Apples implementation of Java.

Here is how to test your Mac to see if it is infected.

Open the Terminal app from the Utilities folder found in the Applications folder.

Copy and paste the following and hit return

defaults read /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info LSEnvironment

If you get this error message:

    The domain/default pair of (/Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info, LSEnvironment) does not exist

you are halfway home.

Copy and past the following and hit return

defaults read ~/.MacOSX/environment DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES

if you get this error message (or similar) your computer does not have the trojan.

    The domain/default pair of (/Users/joe/.MacOSX/environment, DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES) does not exis

I have helped check close to 2000 Macs for the local school system. None have been infected.

Tom

* This post was edited 04/06/12 10:44am by pulsar *

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But haven't you seen the commercials where PC has the sniffles and MAC brags about how he never gets a virus?

Or do you beleive them like I believe them (not one little bit).

Fact is several hundred hackers saw those commercials too, and though "AH... A Challenge".


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I don't think that anyone believes that Mac is immune to a virus. But its obvious that the low life that create these virus's don't waste as much time on the Mac OS only because the biggest bang for the buck is in the PC market. I don't know the real percentage of computers but I'd bet that Mac has only 10% of the market.
I have a Mac, but I didn't buy it for any other reason than I liked the OS and its superior reliability compared to the PC's that I've owned for years.


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Good guess on market share . Mac's are between 8 and 9% of the total computing market . I have used both systems extensively . I took the PC route because in my former career as a Entertainment industry tour manager the PC format had more software I needed for my job . I heard it all the time from the Musicians I worked with how Apple was so much better. Both systems have their merits and it just a matter of personal preference as far as I am concerned and which system better serves the end users needs . The truth is the scum bag virus writers that write viruses get more bang for the buck hitting the larger share of the market . Does not prove which operating system is better.

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Just my 2 cents. A PC laptop...$500. a Mac laptop..$1,500. I get an un-repairable viruses on my PC it's a throw-a-way, still two to go before I equal a Mac. I normally update before the PC it's ever toast anyway. Savings = $1,000.


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brobox wrote:

Just my 2 cents. A PC laptop...$500. a Mac laptop..$1,500. I get an un-repairable viruses on my PC it's a throw-a-way, still two to go before I equal a Mac. I normally update before the PC it's ever toast anyway. Savings = $1,000.
But you could have been driving a Cadillac for all that time instead of a SmartCar

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brobox wrote:

Just my 2 cents. A PC laptop...$500. a Mac laptop..$1,500. I get an un-repairable viruses on my PC it's a throw-a-way, still two to go before I equal a Mac. I normally update before the PC it's ever toast anyway. Savings = $1,000.


How did "un-repairable" get into the discussion? Anyway, my $1300 PC laptop is a far better machine than any $500 PC laptop you will find. So is my $1500 Mac laptop.

Tom

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