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F-Secure Unveils Beta Version of Mac Protection
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F-Secure has launched the beta version of F-Secure Mac Protection, which protect against malware with minimal impact on the performance of the Macintosh.

The solution includes a real-time Anti-Virus engine that scans files when accessed, stopping malicious content from being executed, as well as an easy to use intuitive user interface.

Venu Palakirti, Regional Director at F-Secure in India said, "There is increasing evidence of malware gangs that are interested in and prefer to target Macs. There's plenty of Zlob codec trojans that will infect a Mac if given the chance. Mac's popularity is such that we feel it's time once again for our own Mac solution."

In January, cracked, yet fully working copies, of iWork 2009 were distributed on popular file sharing websites. Those seeking a free version of iWork 2009 also received a nasty surprise included with the installation package. Downloading and installing the pirated copy of the software installed a backdoor application called iWorkServ.A.

Installation of software on Mac OSX requires the user to supply his administrative password. Any malicious software must therefore provide some kind of social engineering pretext to trick the user into entering that password. In this case however, the user is already prepared to enter the password in order to install the free software. Additionally, the installation does provide functional software as promised, giving the victim very little clue that his system has been compromised.
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