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600 000 Apple Macs infected with Flashback virus…how to detect and remove it
Posted by on Apr 11th, 2012

Sorry what was that about your Mac not getting any viruses?

It may not be malicious enough to delete your porn stash, but the Flashback virus that has infected more than 600 000 Mac’s around the globe is enough to put a serious dent in it’s reputation as a virus free computer.

The Flashback trojan virus does however pose the very real threat of stealing your passwords and other valuable info.

So if you have a Mac and wanna know if you’re beloved computer has been infected then listen up my little Apple gimp.

How to find out if you have the Flashback virus.

  • In the Apple Menu click About This Mac
  • Click More Info
  • Click System Report
  • Select Hardware option
  • Copy the Hardware UUID

Then head on over to the Dr WEB site HERE and enter your UUID. It will cross reference your Mac with their database and let you know.

Alternatively if you know what your doing you can go into Utilities and enter the following  commands in Terminal.

defaults read /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info LSEnvironment
defaults read /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/Info LSEnvironment
defaults read ~/.MacOSX/environment DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES

They will run automatically and if your machine is clean and not infected it will give you an error message saying ‘does not exist’. More detailed instructions with pics HERE if you’re unsure.

As for removing the Flashback virus there are some complicated instructions at F-secure.com , but apparently Apple is developing software to detect and remove it so i guess you could just wait for that hey. Here’s the updated info on the virus they released yesterday.

Lemme know if you’re Mac was infected. Havn’t heard of someone in SA having the virus.

Stacky says:
April 04, 2012 at 9:03 am

I’m clean like a virgin before prom night! WoooHoooo!

beanbagboy says:
April 04, 2012 at 9:03 am

Thing is, the only reason Macs were known to be virus free was because it had such a small market share that it was seen as a waste of time to write a virus for Macs. But with Apple gaining popularity over the past few years, it was only a matter of time.

Mac, however, has not been virus free. The first virus for Mac was way back in 2006. But back then, it wasn’t as popular, social media did not have the reach it has today and so less people knew. Or cared. Thanks for the update though. I’ll have to go check mine :(

Chad says:
April 04, 2012 at 9:03 am

Shot for this Savage!

April 04, 2012 at 9:03 am

Thanks for this – clean as a clean thing, thank goodness!

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