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I warned you guys about this about 6 months back and some of you pooh poohed me. Here it is straight from the mouth of an Apple customer support rep:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/an-applec......=nl.e539

Get yourself virus/malware protection. You are *not* immune. In fact, the myth that you ARE makes you a tempting target as the criminals out there know the majority of you are unprotected.
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Noted. But in all fairness . . .
The malware is disguised as anti-virus protection. That is, people who panicked about malware on the Mac were more likely to install this and mess up their computers.
The article says the malware is easily removed, though Apple support is reluctant to do so and admit a problem.
But most importantly, the problem can only come about if the user agrees to install it on her/his computer and use the admin password. Not quite the same as the nasties that are going around in Windows.
The lesson here would seem to be that if you're not careful the cure can be worse than the problem.
But I agree, we Mac users shouldn't be complacent. I'll worry more when I see uninvited viruses appear on Macs.
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On 2011-05-18 13:54, Cyberqat wrote:
I warned you guys about this about 6 months back

Keep the fear alive baby, keep the fear alive!

I often wonder what life would be like if there weren't people encouraging us all to maintain our fear.
It really isn't important WHAT you're afraid of, only that you're permanently afraid of something.

Because, without fear............millions of folks are our of work, and trillions of dollars don't get spent.

It's all about "the fear"..........and remember, "I warned you".
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Im the first one to argue that unthinking fear is bad, and have doen so many times.

But so is un thinking bravado. Fear evolved for a reason. When the tiger is nearby its GOOD to be afraid.

And I thought I didn't have to say this but maybe I do.... don't buy your front door lock from a guy who rings your bell and offers to sell you one. Similarly don't buy your virus/malware protection from anyone you don't explicitly trust. Do your research and, if all else fails, go down to the Apple store and see what they are selling. (I use Intego myself and, yes, I bought it at my local Apple store.)
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Tigers can smell fear. It entices them. So unless your goal is to marinate yourself as a courtesy to the tiger, I would try not to be afraid.
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To quote the old joke....

"I don't have to run faster then the tiger. I just have to run faster then YOU."

Hes gonna smell you, too, afraid or not! If a hosuecat can smell you opening a can of food from the other side of the house, a tiger I am sure cn nsmell dinner, afraid or not.

So you stand there not afraid, please, while I run.

And now we are totally off subject.
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With the house cat it isn't the smell but rather the sound. It is a Pavlovian response. Just open a can of anything and a cat will come running.

I also would probably stand while you ran. Your running will trigger their pursuit instinct and they will consider you prey.
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And then the tiger will say, "Wait, what am I thinking?!?!", turn around, and bite your head off.
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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Fear and greed is what makes the world go around.
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Back on subject: Thank you very much for the heads-up. I'll prep my computer as soon as I get back home. I hadn't heard of this until now.
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Wow, 60 calls. Yeah, that's an out of control problem. Got any guess what that number would be for a new Windws security issue. Millions?
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Whoa, I thought this thread was about Big Macs, fries and stuff.
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Actually we MAC user realize we are living in a fools paradise. One of these days we'll git bit too.
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In the news again ...

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/a6e6aa7a-87c0-......NVp3M3qg

"Apple Macs hit by scareware attacks"
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On 2011-05-26 21:46, balducci wrote:
In the news again ...

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/a6e6aa7a-87c0-......NVp3M3qg

"Apple Macs hit by scareware attacks"


So another one of those that only affects those dumb enough to authorize programs they didn't download themselves?

Isn't this the same thing as all the other Mac "scares?"
It's amazing, people will criticize you for "biting the hand that feeds you," while they're busy praising the hand that beats them.

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I installed Virus-Barrier and it scanned my files and found one problem...a UPS tracking program that was malware. Again, thanks for the heads-up.
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