Cyber-crooks eye Apple Macs with fake anti-malware

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Cyber-crooks eye Apple Macs with fake anti-malware

NEW YORK | Tue May 17, 2011 1:39pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The days when Mac users need not worry about their computers getting infected with malicious software may be coming to an end.

To date, hackers have focused on writing malicious software for machines running Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system, which inhabits more than nine of every 10 PCs.

But Macs grow in number, they are becoming more attractive targets.

"Only once a platform has a certain level of market share does it become profitable for malware to attack it," said Dino Dai Zovi, co-author of The Mac Hacker's Handbook. "As the Mac becomes more popular there will be more and more threats."

A spokesman for Apple declined comment.


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This newest (non)threat can be avoided by going to Safari > Preferences > General and making sure "Open safe files after downloading" is unchecked.

Also if you go to a site and get a pop up that says your computer is infected click here to find how to remove viruses. "DON'T CLICK."

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