Flashback infections fall to 140,000 computers

A week after the Flashback malware reached its peak at approximately 600,000 infected Mac computers, the number of active infections has fallen to around just 140,000 computers, according to a blog post Wednesday by Symantec. However, this downward trend of infected computers falls short of Symantec's original estimations.

 

Despite the number of infected computers dropping by over 460,000 since April 9, Symantec had originally anticipated a greater decline, guessing that by Tuesday a projected 99,000 computers or so would be left with the Flashback malware. This has proven not to be the case, as the number of infected computers has remained around the 140,000 mark, despite tapering off.

The lack of progress beyond the 140,000 mark might be due to the population of computer owners who are unaware of Flashback's existence and have not checked for software updates recently. Users who are still infected can use tools from Norton, Kaspersky or F-Secure. There is also Apple's official Flashback removal tool, which is recommended for users of Mac OS X Lion without Java installed. And of course, don't forget to check for system updates to get the latest version of Java for OS X.

Image Courtesy of Symantec

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Why are Mac fanboys pre-emptively laying down their defenses? Nothing doesn't have holes. Maybe except Nokia 3310's OS.

resol612 said,
Why are Mac fanboys pre-emptively laying down their defenses? Nothing doesn't have holes. Maybe except Nokia 3310's OS.

That actually depends, I'm a PC migrator (Windows user 1994-2010)...and have learned from subsequent viri to install Sophos Home Edition on both my iMac and MacBook Air.

The stupidest thing I saw floating around the net about this was someone saying something along the line:

"Mac is still malware/virus free, the malware was brought into by Java"

But sure Windows malware uses some magical backdoors and has nothing to do with the fact that people download and install all kind of crap that they have no idea about right?

Get the fact already that coders will attact the OS that is popluar at that moment, they had no interes in Mac before it became "cool" with everyone, the same goes for Linux, one day when they finally attract a big enough of a marketshare they will be under attack from malware.

Saying dumb s*it like Unix is virus/malware free is like saying "My dog will NEVER have feels"

Unix does have both, virusues and malware, they are either hiding in shell-scrips or binary executables(more likley in binary exec. due to the reason it has more protection to bypass with that one). Good luck beliving what you want and ignore the facts.

+ For unix its easier to deal with the malware for one reason, theres maybe what, 10-100's of them in one year, on windows theres 10-100 in a day, how do you think MS should deal with that? Thats why you got AV for to keep updated and stop blaming the OS makers on your faults.

Same goes for Java hate, keep it updated or uninstall it, easy as that. Saying stuff like "Adobe made me install it" god damn man, find an alternitive then.

Edited by uMadRabbit, Apr 19 2012, 11:02am :

cpp_coder said,
Relax Windows fan boys, it's not a virus. OS X is still virus free and will remain virus free because of UNIX

Nothing is virus free...

cpp_coder said,
Relax Windows fan boys, it's not a virus. OS X is still virus free and will remain virus free because of UNIX

and who cares is "classic" virus free when there's almost none of those around anymore?
but please go ahead and preach this lie around, that way Mac users can be smug about malware AND have them in the same time

neanwhile a mac user with some brain matter rather installs some malware protection

Jose_49 said,
Day by day that goes by, my wonder rises on how would Steve Jobs reacted before this situation.

"You're using Java wrong"

Good news, until a month from now when we find out 750,000 Macs have been infected with the Mucinex.D malware since last August.