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Flashback Removal Tool hits the web, find out of your Mac is infected

F-Secure releases F-Secure Flashback Removal Tool, find out if your Mac is infected, and if so, fix

By Anthony Garreffa on Apr 11, 2012 09:09 pm CDT - 1 min, 18 secs reading time

If you haven't already heard, Mac-based users have been hit by quite the virus scandal over the last few days in the form of "Flashback". In case you're wondering if you're infected, F-Secure are now offering an AppleScript that you can download, and run.

Flashback Removal Tool hits the web, find out of your Mac is infected |

The tiny bit of software checks your Mac for Flashback, and if it finds it, removes it. Apple reportedly has a tool on its way too, but that's not here yet and F-Secure's is. If you want to check your system and feel a bit more secure, you can grab it here.

I just ran it on my MacBook Pro, and I'm clean. I didn't think I'd be infected, I was pretty confident, but I'm the kind of person who would rather be safe than sorry. Run it even if you don't think you're infected, and pass this news onto any of your Mac-based friends and family. Your enemies, well, I'll leave that devious decision to you.

I do hope that this acts as a message to people, Macs are not invincible to viruses, malware, and more. Gone are the days that Macs represented a sliver of the PC base, they're now in more homes than ever, but people still think "Apple is more secure from viruses than Microsoft". This is wrong. Most computer use is done within the browser these days, and browsers are not 100-percent bullet-proof. Always be careful. Always be vigilant. Always be on the lookout. No one is 100-percent safe from this, no matter who you are, or what you think.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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