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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Papazita, May 20, 2011.
Apple pc's targeted by malware
Do you think this is the first time it has happened?
This really shouldn't be an issue, nor is this the first time a piece of malware has popped up for OS X (or Linux for that matter). The only people who should be worried about viruses and malware are people who don't know how to use the internet.
I had that pop up earlier today. It self downloaded, then asked if I wanted to install it. Straight into the trash it went, then emptied the trash. It is the first time something like that has happened, though I did just do a reinstall lately and the computer is running much better. So more than likely I had at least a couple of other Malware in my computer.
Apple Support instructed to not confirm/deny the existence of malware on Apple computers...
Apple to support reps: "Do not attempt to remove malware" | ZDNet
Simple reason. Saying to the customer "It's yer own damn fault if you authorized it" is the truth and no good for business, while saying "Yes, I can fix that" makes Apple the perceived cause for the customer's error.
Hence, don't say it's malware, and don't start asking "Did you *really* authorize a program you don't even know!?"
Which is a BS policy. Every other PC seller (Dell, HP, etc.) and even Microsoft will help confirm whether or not you have malware/virus and give you ideas on how to fix it yourself, or will fix it for you for a nominal fee. Apple plugging it's ears and saying "LA LA LA LA we don't know, you may or may not have malware and in either case I won't help you. Goodbye." Is terrible. Typical of Apple, though. All this does is give them the ability to deny malware on Macs - "I have never seen any malware on a Mac." - of course you haven't.
Ah yeah, that makes sense. They will protect their golden claim of no viruses.
OTOH, it's sort of common knowledge that if you get a virus on your Windows PC, Dell or HP has nothing to do with it. I'm pretty sure Apple will get sued by morons claiming it's the company's fault if there's a virus (made by a third-party, authorized by an ignorant user) that infected an Apple computer.
FWIW, I'm expecting another company to step on Apple's toes pretty soon (five-ish years?).
So I'm on my iPhone and that movie format is not supported :scowl:. Anyone want to give me the name of the app that tries to install? Or the message that appears. I'm a little worried about my wife on my home computer. I can totally see her installing it accidentally.
All I know is with the title of the pop-up, though always a known ploy in Windows based viral subterfuge, really touches on Mac owner's feelings of infallibility in their machines... you know?
"Mac Defender"???? It's gotta be good, it's for a Mac!
For me a saw a quick page that popped up that said Mac Defender on it. The page disappeared almost as quickly as it appeared, then it started downloading itself. Once the download finished, about 5-10 seconds, I got a window which asked me if I wanted to install Mac Defender. I immediately closed that window, didn't click anything on the window, then found the file in the download folder and deleted it, then emptied trash folder.
I have run into rigged install windows on a couple of windows malware, that if you click install or cancel, will still install it. But not if you close the window without clicking either.
Solution : "it's a malware present on illegitimate pRon websites..."
Greatly reduce the number of complaint.
the problem with this is that all porn is legitmate
I am shocked, SHOCKED that someone would attack the holiness and wonderfulness that is the Apple OS with a virus!
Have they no shame?
Shouldn't we be spending ALL our time reviling the evilness that is Bill Gates and Microsoft?
SURELY there is nothing but goodness in Mac, and nothing but evil in MS.
And since when facts have any relevancy with marketing ?
who needs facts when you have sensationalism