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Everything you need to know about Mac scareware

Gregg Keizer | May 26, 2011
How to spot fake Mac security software, how to get rid of it and what to do to stay safe.

I want a crystal ball...what's next for Macs and malware? Assume that MacDefender is the first of a wave of scareware aimed at Macs. Any success by MacDefender's makers will likely be copied by other groups that already have experience shilling bogus security software to Windows users.

And there are certainly steps those criminals can take that will up their game, whether that's using unpatched browser or plug-in vulnerabilities to exploit a Mac -- and then silently plant scareware on the computer -- or relying on other long-practiced social engineering tactics, including spam that draws users to malicious sites or files attached to email messages that purport to be legitimate documents but are in actuality a scareware installer.

 

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