For all those who prefer Mac computers solely because they don’t get viruses, the jig may be up. A piece of malware called the Flashback trojan has reportedly now infected up to 600,000 Macs across the globe.
If you’re comfortable using your Terminal, here are some instructions on how to detect and remove the Flashback malware the old-school way.
If you’re not much of a techie, F-Secure labs has built an app that automates the detection and removal of the OSX Flashback malware.
The Flashback trojan reportedly exploits a security flaw in Java, and Apple has already released a Java update that fixes this issue. They’re also working on a piece of software that will detect and remove the little bugger.
The likelihood of your computer being infected with this virus is relatively low, but hopefully this is not just the beginning of a wave of viruses targeting Mac users. Loyal Mac fanatics will, of course, not be deterred.