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While it used to be that Mac users felt somewhat insulated from the variety of malware threats circulating the web, cybercriminals have noted the growing popularity of Apple products and are now distributing malware aimed at Mac users.
In particular, McAfee Labs™ has recently seen a number of fake antivirus programs that claim to protect users from computer threats, but actually download malicious software onto their machines. Phony antivirus programs have been a persistent threat to PC users for some time, but this is the first wave of fake antivirus targeted at Mac users.
Apple Inc. has said that it will release an update to its system in coming days that will automatically find and remove these malicious programs. However, McAfee believes that this is just the beginning and Mac users should be aware that cybercrooks will continue to distribute malware aimed at the platform. In fact, earlier this month cybercrooks released a do-it-yourself malware kit for Macs.
Whether you use an Apple computer, iPhone, iPad or other Apple device, it’s important that you be aware of these emerging threats and take the appropriate precautions.
Here are more details about these recent Mac threats, and how to avoid them.
Fake Antivirus Software–Cyberscammers are placing links to fake antivirus software in online search results. They advertise programs with names like “Mac Defender,” “Mac Security” or “Mac Protector,” offering to safeguard your computer from online threats. But once you click on the link, it downloads malicious software onto your machine.
In the background, the program may open up pop-up windows, asking you to upgrade the software for a fee to remove non-existent threats. If you agree to “upgrade,” the cybercrooks get your money—often $50—and you get nothing in return.
Or, it may open up pornography, or other undesirable websites.
The Dangers: If you fall for these scams, you could end up damaging your computer, losing money and possibly having your personal information compromised.
Bottom Line: Only download antivirus software from the website of a trusted vendor, and be on the lookout for other online scams targeting the Mac platform.
Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim:
Tips on What to Do If You Have Become a Victim:
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