Virus on a MAC ?

Virus on a MAC ?
Monday 01 Sep 2014 [14:46]

Four viruses your Mac can contract

It is a widely known myth that Apple computers cannot contract viruses. This claim is actually false. As Apple products continue to grow in popularity, virus makers across the globe are taking notice and stepping up their game. So if you have a Mac or are thinking of switching from PC to Mac keep an eye out for the following viruses.

Mac Defender

Originating in 2011, the Mac Defender is the first widespread Trojan to affect Apple computers.  This virus typically manifests itself in the form of a popup ad that inform Mac users that their computers have been infected by viruses. The as provides a download link for a program called Mac Defender, which boasts the ability to rid computers of the so-called virus.  However, once installed, Mac Defender steals your personal information and sends it to third parties.  Clicking on popup ads is never a good idea, but Mac users should be particularly wary of ads claiming they can protect your computer from viruses.  A dependable antivirus program for Mac computers can help stop devastating Trojans like Mac Defender in their tracks.


Another hard-hitting Trojan for Apple computers, the Back Door.Flashback finds its way onto Macs though a security flaw in Java. Once the BackDoor.Flashback takes hold, you'll be forcefully redirected to a website that installs malicious code on your computer. Strangely, if your computer features multiple user accounts, the virus affect the account that was initially infected with. If a reliable antivirus program hasn't been installed on your Mac, reformatting the infected drive is the only way to get rid of Back.Door.Flashback. Staying current with Java updates is an effective way to protect your computer from this type of virus.

Codec Pack Spyware

Codec packs are necessary for people who watch a lot of movies or do a fair amount of editing on their Mac computers. With this in mind, hackers have created a number of spyware-laden fake codec packs. While installing one of these packs, you will be asked to provide the username and password associated with you computer. Once this information has been provided, spyware will take hold f your computer and collect emails, IM conversations, account passwords and other pieces of confidential information. To avoid falling victim to this scam, never install codec packs that require you to provide sensitive information.


These days, it's difficult to find someone who doesn't belong to at least one social network. In an effort to use social media's popularity to their advantage, virus maker created Boonana a Trojan virus that targets Facebook users. The Boonana virus initially manifests itself as a link to a video on your Facebook page. Oftentimes, the questions "Is this you?" will appear alongside the link. Once this link is clicked, the virus will forcefully install itself on your Mac computer, collect sensitive information and send it to cyber criminals. Ignoring links from sources you don't recognise can go a long way in protecting your Mac from Boonana virus.

At Comex we can have trained technicians who can provide help when it comes to viruses on a Mac computer.

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