A virus that is a Flashback Trojan has been estimated to have hit over 500,000 Apple computers. Thats right I said Apple. Now I’m not here to make fun of your supposedly virus proof computers, I know how much virus’s suck. Here is a couple of ways to detect and remove the virus.
What is the Flashback Trojan?
First thing to note is that Flashback is not a technically a virus, it’s a Trojan horse. Both are malicious software, but the main difference is that a Trojan horse cannot infect other computers. Trojan horses typically seem like helpful software, but once installed they make your computer vulnerable to data theft or keystroke logging, among other things.
The Flashback Trojan, also called BackDoor.Flashback.39, was initially discovered as a fake Adobe Flash Player plug-in installer in September 2011.
How to check your Mac for the Flashback Trojan
Dr. Web, who originally reported the number of Mac users infected with the virus, has an online tool to check if you have BackDoor.Flashback.39. There’s also a program calledFlashbackChecker available at GitHub. If you use the anti-virus program VirusBarrier, it should be able to check and remove the Trojan horse.
How to get rid of the Flashback Trojan
There are a few different ways to get rid of the Flashback Trojan. CNET has a step-by-step guide to remove the malicious software. There’s also a removal guide posted by the Finnish security company F-Secure.
Obviously this is a a big deal and an actual threat to what was previously thought to be a very secure OS. Please take this seriously and protect all your information.
CNET has full coverage of the Flashback Trojan virus.
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