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Apple's Flashback malware removal tool will remove the most common variants of the Flashback malware. This update is recommended for all OS X 10.7 Lion users without Java installed.

If the Flashback malware is found, a dialog will be presented notifying the user that malware was removed.

In some cases, the Flashback malware removal tool may need to restart your computer in order to completely remove the Flashback malware.

See this Apple Support article for more details about this update.

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OS X 10.7 or later

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Vanish Member IconReview+2
Vanish
+1

Interesting that so many people bash Apple's effort here without actually reading the description. This is for Lion user WITHOUT java installed. If you have java installed, which all prior version of OS X shipped that way, the patch to handle this has already been handled in the java updates.

Read before speaking people.

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OSX-FTW! Member IconReview+222
OSX-FTW!
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I think Apple has handled this issue in a responsible and timely manner. I think they deserve some credit for that.

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Fahirsch
+4

A resposible and timely manner would have been when Oracle published the patch, or better, when the malware appeared in the wild

Donmontalvo
+2

Timely? Apple no longer includes Java with OS X, but they offer it as a download. If Apple is going to provide a Java installer, they MUST include the necessary patches. The Java "fix" was released 3 months ago. Apple dropped the ball. Plain. And. Simple.

WordWeaver
+1

Timely? Oh gosh; I am a 20+ years dedicated Macintosh user, but timely? Really? I don't think so. Some of these third party app developes clearly beat Apple to the punch on this one.

Umaromc
+1

...considering Apple isn't an antivirus company I'd agree with OSX-FTW.

Nontroppo
+2

Oracle released 1.6.0_31 mid-February -- only taken Apple TWO months to release it...

Certainly not 5-star response!!! Just-enough security is certainly not good enough security...

Umaromc
+1

Nontroppo, I'd agree but Oracle makes Java, doesn't it? Now if there was such a serious loophole in the design of OS X or some recently released APPLE PRODUCT, yes, I'd agree but Apple doesn't publish Java and isn't an antivirus company.

I'd suggest a free Mac antivirus program long [and a handful] available for those whom think the shoemaker should defend against athlete's foot.

Fahirsch Member IconReview+20
Fahirsch
+1

Shameful it's only for 10.7 (that's why only one star).
Apple may have no legal obligation to put up this tool, but it wouldn't hurt it's bottom line to do so for those user whose hardware doesn't allow them to instal 10.7.

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Version 1.0
OSX-FTW!
+3

I think you're misguided here. Apple has released several patches for Java and malware tools for previous OS users.

This tool, is for 10.7 because 10.7 didn't ship with Java.

Fahirsch
+3

Nope. I'm not misguided. The previous Java releases where for 10.6 and 10.7, leaving 10.4 and 10.5 users in the lurch.
It.s true that Apple has no obligation to do anything about it. But Apple said it woud do so, and instead of releasing a tool for exclusively the small universe of 10.7 users that don't use or don't have Java installed, it could have made a tool for the 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6 users da do have Jave installed.
(Disclosure: I use 10.7)

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Date 14 Apr 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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