Apple Mac OS X users have been taking it for granted where viruses are concerned, and most Windows users would have been shocked to hear they don’t need antivirus software when moving to Mac, although it has always been expected for things to change the more popular Mac OS X becomes.
Meet the Mac Flashback Trojan that some people confuse as a Mac Virus — most people might like to categorize the Flashback as a virus, although it’s really a Trojan horse and shouldn’t be able to hurt other computers directly but should be taken seriously, especially if you still consider your Mac computer untouchable. While Mac OS X is less of a target when compared to Windows software, it’s also becoming more popular, which means an increase in malware targeting Mac users.
How to check for Flashback Trojan on Mac and ways to remove the infection — some reports claim that over half a million Mac users have been infected by the Flashback Trojan (aka BackDoor.Flashback.39), and the good news is there are ways to check if you have it and also some good sources that show users how to remove the Trojan.
Our recommendation is to skip the tools and first click update within Mac OS X, which should give you an update titled “Java for OS X Lion 2012-002“, although this name would change depending on the software you have installed. Our update was 66MB in size for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 7, which is well worth an install and recommended by Apple (read an article on Apple’s support website), so install that as soon as possible and before looking for system checkers. If you still want to use a tool to check your computer for this Flashback Trojan, then you can do so on Dr Web.
Are you worried about an increase in malware on Mac OS X? You can also read a full guide on how to remove the Flashback malware from OS X here.