Beware the MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector, MacGuard, Mac?????

Over the years, many of you, my friends, have come over to the Mac. I have been “the Mac Guy” for many of you switchers and now I need to get the word out about the first real malware for the Mac.

  • It goes by the name of MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector, MacGuard, and Mac?????????
  • It pretends to be an anti-virus software, but its only purpose is to get you to give it your credit card info.
  • It tries to scare you by causing lots of pop ups of viagra ads and R rated material. These tactics are fairly common on the PC but are new to us Mac people, so don’t be afraid, just follow the instructions that Apple gives at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4650.
  • Apple has just released a software update to remove the malware, but this info may still be helpful to some of you.

    Below are some highlights of the Apple Support article.

    How to avoid installing this malware
    If any notifications about viruses or security software appear, quit Safari or any other browser that you are using. If a normal attempt at quitting the browser doesn’t work, then Force Quit the browser.
    In some cases, your browser may automatically download and launch the installer for this malicious software.  If this happens, cancel the installation process; do not enter your administrator password.  Delete the installer immediately using the steps below.
    1. Go into the Downloads folder or your preferred download location.
    2. Drag the installer to the Trash. 
    3. Empty the Trash.

    If the malware has been installed, we recommend the following actions:
    • Do not provide your credit card information under any circumstances.
    • Follow removal instructions at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4650

Public Apology

I would like to publicly apologize to the driver of the green SUV, UT plate # Z21 6JF for forcing you across the double yellow line as you passed me climbing the overpass heading into Spanish Fork. I am sorry for the fear that you experienced by not being able to see oncoming traffic because of the crest of the hill. Also, thank you for informing me that I should get off my bike and walk it if there is too much debris on the shoulder. I am so sorry for implying that if you encounter a slow moving vehicle you should slow down and wait behind it until it is safe and legal to pass. Furthermore I was unaware that you were headed to work and I was just being “egotistical and getting a workout”. It was my mistake to mention that I too was going to work, hence the bag I was carrying, because as you kindly pointed out, that was irrelevant. Lastly I would like to apologize for just riding away and not bitch-slapping you back into reality, cause you clearly needed that.