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Mac Security Alert

Mac Security Alert

If you’re a Mac user (me included), I know you’re probably not used to hearing about virus warnings, but unfortunately, it looks like one is now on the loose. Yes, a new virus has been detected and this time, it is starting to loom around Mac computers. Luckily, this one is the first in a long time for Macs, but we all still have to deal with what this one has brought about. Keep reading for all the important details!

Just yesterday (November 1, 2007), a Trojan horse virus that has been affecting Windows computers for some time now has adapted over to the Mac OS X. This virus basically works as a disguise for a video codec. If you happen to come into contact with it, you will be told to install a file so that you will be able to view certain videos. After downloading the file, you will then be prompted to enter your Administrator password. After doing that, the virus will install itself and launch. It will then take over your Internet connection for use by the hacker.

Now, as you probably know, most Mac users do not use antivirus software, simply because viruses are very few and far between for Mac computers. So, because of that, it is very important for you to be on the lookout for any suspicious videos you may come across that require you to install a new file just to view them. Just remember, it is very rare that a video file will ask you to install a new program. If you keep your eyes open and use your common sense, this virus will pass without any harm to you!

~ Gary