Goodbye Flashback

Coming on the heels of its Thursday Java update, Apple has released a separate program to remove the so-called Flashback trojan that has affected over 600,000 Macs worldwide.

Apple on Friday released version 1.0 of its “Flashback malware removal tool” which will scan a user’s computer and erase known iterations of the trojan that some are calling the worst the Mac platform has ever seen. The standalone program is meant to be used by Mac users who don’t have Java already installed on their machines and includes the same code as yesterday’s software update that plugged a security hole which allowed the malware to automatically install itself without admin authorization.

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