Security Update 2011-003 kills MacDefender
And, isn’t this a familiar string of events? An issue pops up, bloggers and the press decry Apple’s slowness to act, Cupertino cogitates and then acts decisively. We saw it with antennagate, locationgate and pretty much every other mass perturbation the haters can conjure and it’s the same this time ’round with MacDefender.
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Apple has issued the Security Update 2011-003 (Snow Leopard), which has one purpose: to squelch the ongoing brouhaha. Thereupon, after applying this patch OS X malware definitions are up-to-date to identify the MacDefender trojan.
Next, after applying the Security Update 2011-003 Mac OS X 10.6.7 will refresh its malware definition list daily, adding any new or variants of existing trojans so it can identify them as they appear in the wild.
Bug problem, mam?
Lastly, the installation process for this update will search for and remove known variants of the MacDefender malware. And, bless Apple’s collective soul, if a known variant was detected and removed, the user will be notified via an alert after the update is installed.
If you’d like to check that MacDefender has indeed been removed, then check out the Fairer Platform’s MacDefender removal guide, which shows you how to check for infected files.
Get your copy of Security Update 2011-003 (Snow Leopard) 2.36MB