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One-in-five Macs harbor PC viruses

26 April 2012 1,166 views 2 Comments

But only one in 36, or a bit fewer than 3 percent, have been infected by Mac specific malware and the great majority of those were infected by a FlashBack trojan variant. It’s no time to let down our guard — Apple and a range of third parties have provided effective tools for removing FlashBack.

A Sophos study of 100,000 Macs running its free antivirus software discovered that by far most prevalent kind of malware on a Mac is of the PC variety, which is found on one-in-five Macs and happily enough can do us no harm.

“Some Apple fans might feel relieved that they are seven times more likely to have Windows malware on their Macs than Mac OS X-specific threats, but they shouldn’t be,” said Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley. “What Mac users really need to do is protect their computers now, or risk allowing the malware problem on Macs to become as big as the problem on PCs in the future.”

“Relieved” is the wrong word. Given that PC malware is much more prevalent and that Windows users are much, much more likely to be infected, Schadenfreude, feeling a guilty pleasure over the failure of others, is more appropriate.

So, Mac fans, yuck it up, but take Clulely’s admonition to heart and protect yourselves by taking common sense steps, including using antivirus software…

What’s your take?

via ComputerWorld

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