Tip of the Month
Apple have made it very easy for any user to deal with the Flashback Malware with the release of an update through Software Update. There’s no reason to not install the update as if you are online then you are at risk.
To run Software Update, click the Apple icon top left of your screen and then Software Update. If not already installed there will be a Java Security update that as Apple states, does the following:
“This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware. If you do not use Java applets, it is recommended that you disable the Java web plug-in in your web browser.
This update is recommended for all Mac users with Java installed.
For more information on how to disable Java in your web browser see:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5241
For details about this update see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5243“
Also if you are comfortable in Terminal you can check if you are infected by copying and pasting the below text without the quotation marks.
“defaults read /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info LSEnvironment”
If you get the message “The domain/default pair of (/Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info, LSEnvironment) does not exist”, you must then enter:
“defaults read ~/.MacOSX/environment DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES”
If you get the message ”The domain/default pair of (/Users/joe/.MacOSX/environment, DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES) does not exist”, then your Mac is safe. Basically, the “does not exist” message means you’re clean.
If you find that you are one of the few infected then run Software Update and/or give us a call so we can help.
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