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Malware removal tool for non-Java Macs released

The Java security updates having been building up this week for Apple. Yesterday, they released a malware removal tool for those Lion machines that did not have a full Java install. According to a few sites, including TUAW, even though the computer did not have Java installed, that Mac could still be infected with the Flashback trojan. Apple indicated in their support article that it “is recommended for all OSX Lion users without Java installed.” They also shared that for some, the tool “may need to restart your computer to completely remove the Flashback malware.”

As with other updates, you can either visit the Apple support site, article DL1517, or you can simply run Software Update from System Preferences. The update is small, around 356 KB, and quick to install.


In a related stream on Tom’s Hardware, it looks like Kaspersky Lab experienced some difficulty with its virus removal tool for the Flashback malware. The tool seems to have had a bug that could remove certain user settings including auto-start configurations, file-sharing data, and browser preferences. Kaspersky did pull the tool but still has an online scanner for those who are concerned about possible infections.

With all of this attention and patching, the upcoming earnings call on April 24, 2012, may help Apple move past this one quickly.

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