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Danger level 9
Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Slow internet connection
  • System crashes
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Slow Computer

MAC Defender

It would seem as though users of Apple’s Mac OS X has for long enough been ignored by developers of rogue antispyware, and a new and harmful rogue security tool called Secure Mac is aimed specifically at users of Apple’s Mac OS X, and Microsoft’s Windows operating system. This Mac Defender performs exactly the same as PC based rogue applications, and will inform its victims of bogus threat on the system.

As part of its attack on the system, and to force its victim’s hand in buying its rubbish software Mac Defender will start popping up pornographic websites on the system. This rogueware’s first infection was reported by users who clicked on an infected link in Google image searches. Initial research has shown that search many different targeted keywords will contain infected links.

Once the user clicks on an infected link, he will be redirected to a site with a fake system scan running. If the user clicks on anything on the fake scan, instead of closing the page immediately, Mac Defender will be downloaded to the system. The fake scan website will check the web browser to determine which operating system the user is running, be it Microsoft Windows of Mac OS X, and then downloads the corresponding OS’s malware to the system.

Most users’ browser settings are set to automatically open ‘safe’ files, and this will enable the installer to install its malware without any further user action being required. In effect, the user won’t even know his system has been infiltrated and infected with Mac Defender. Once Mac Defender roots itself in the system, it will appear in the menu bar item, but without a Dock icon, or any possible way for the user to exit the program.

Once the scan finishes, it will report among other threats that the system is infected with Trojan-PSW.Win32.LdPinch.abm, Trojan virtumonde and ieadui.dll. These are all false reports generated by a bogus security tool in an effort to dupe consumers out of their money, and should not enjoy any of the user’s attention.

It can be difficult to detect and remove Mac Defender before it starts its attack on the system. The presence of the following files on the system should be a clear indication of a Mac Defender infection:


This fake security application will never live up to any of its over embellished promises. In order to protect your PC against the severe devastation associated with this rogue, destroy Mac Defender before it causes permanent damage to your PC. It is always best and safest to make use of a genuine security tool to facilitate in the removal of any threat or infection, as you can easily cause more damage than good should you try to manually remove Mac Defender without the required skills and experience.

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