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"What to do now if I had the Flashback Trojan?"

2078 Views 22 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2012 5:18 PM by Maxwell’s Demon RSS
  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)

    Maxwell’s Demon wrote:

     

    I've disabled it in Safari. What other apps do I have to be concerned about (which would make "turning it off completely" more advisable)?

    If you use any other browser apps, you should disable those, as well. If you turn it off completely any app that requires it will undoubtedly let you know you need to turn it back on.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)

    Maxwell’s Demon wrote:

     

    Ummm...I just noticed your reference to "MRT." It took me a little while to realize that it's an abbreviation for "Malware Removal Tool." Is "MRT" a standard acronym?

    For sure MRT is the name of the process that Apple runs during the check and remove process, but to the best of my knowledge, they have never said that it stands for Malware Removal Tool. It has been widely assumed by some users and the media.

    Also, since Java is not, by default, installed in Lion, that suggests that Apple feels that it's both an unnecessary and perhaps undesirable piece of software. If so, why doesn't Apple simply say so, and recommend that SL users (such as myself) uninstall it from their systems? (And if so, where is it located—I can't find it in my apps and utilities folders—and how does one uninstall it?) 

    I think it was probably based more on the transition of responsibility from Apple to Oracle that it wasn't included in Lion, but it could well be a little of both.

     

    As noondaywitch indicated, it's a PITA to remove, although I have started seeing some advise on how to do that, they aren't consistent in what they say and I don't feel comfortable recommending things that I haven't tested. To me turning it off accomplishes the same thing, except freeing up space on the Hard Drive and it also guards against having to re-install it if and when you find you need it for something.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)

    Maxwell’s Demon wrote:

     

    Occasionally, I use Firefox; the only other browser I have (which I very, very rarely use) is Opera. Neither appears to enable the disabling of Java.

    Firefox: How to turn off Java applets

     

    Opera probably isn't loading a Java plug-in. To check type "opera:plugins" without the quotes in the address box, hit return and see if it's listed.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)

    Maxwell’s Demon wrote:

     

    MadMacs0 wrote:

     

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    I think it was probably based more on the transition of responsibility from Apple to Oracle that it wasn't included in Lion, but it could well be a little of both.

     

    Huh? Responsibility for what?

    http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/11/12Oracle-and-Apple-Announce-OpenJDK-Proj ect-for-Mac-OS-X.html

     

    and

     

    https://blogs.oracle.com/henrik/entry/oracle_jdk_and_javafx_sdk

    iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
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