3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 5, 2012 2:22 PM by FatMac>MacPro
marckopolo Level 1 (0 points)

I clicked on a adobe flash pop up offering an update and gave my authorisation when prompted! Just read that it may have been a Trojan! Went to software update and installed 3 updates including a java one. Do I need to do anything else? or can I relax? Please help as I'm not very tech savvy! Thanks


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Please help as I'm not tech savvy!
  • FatMac>MacPro Level 5 (4,420 points)

    marckopolo wrote:

     

    I clicked on a adobe flash pop up offering an update and gave my authorisation when prompted! Just read that it may have been a Trojan! Went to software update and installed 3 updates including a java one. Do I need to do anything else? or can I relax? Please help as I'm not very tech savvy! Thanks

    The first thing I would do is go here: http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ and see if the version you have installed is the most current version. Flash installs a control panel in System Preferences and one of the settings is "Check for updates automatically" which is their recommended setting. If that's the option you chose, it's likely the explanation for what happened, assuming you now have the current version. If you still have an older version, it may not be time to relax yet.

  • AbsoluteComputers Level 2 (215 points)

    Not that I'm convinced about the proliferation of Trojan, Malaware etc. on the Mac, it can't hurt to install the free Sophos AV even if you don't turn on the live scanner but run a Virus check once in a while.

     

    http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools.aspx

  • FatMac>MacPro Level 5 (4,420 points)

    marckopolo wrote:

     

    I clicked on a adobe flash pop up offering an update and gave my authorisation when prompted! Just read that it may have been a Trojan! Went to software update and installed 3 updates including a java one. Do I need to do anything else? or can I relax? Please help as I'm not very tech savvy! Thanks

    Adding to my earlier post, see http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-57410050-248/mac-flashback-malware-what-it-is- and-how-to-get-rid-of-it-faq/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title. Near the center of the page are instructions for using Terminal to look for any infection and a link to F-Secure for how to remove the infection. Also, consider AbsoluteComputers' advice regarding Sophos AV. In its on-access scanning mode, it looks for threats in real time, but I've found it  slows down the Repair Permissions process substantially. The solution for that is simply to boot into Safe Mode to repair permissions; that's also advisable when your doing software updates.