Have you been looking for a good reason to update your Mac’s operating system? Well, if you don’t update it… you won’t be protected from this nasty MacOS virus.
According to Malwarebytes, a cyber security firm, some Apple computers have been recently affected by vicious malware. This new virus crashes iTunes, freezes your computer, and even dupes you into calling a bogus tech support number. This malicious program is reportedly acquired when you navigate to a certain website through a link in a fake email.
If you’re running Safari on macOS, you may well be vulnerable to this viral threat. Accidentally click on an infected link on the Safari browser (or your email) and you’ll be redirected to a website that loads malicious codes right onto your computer. What it does after infecting your computer can scare the daylights out of any Apple PC user.
Have you already updated your Mac’s operating system to MacOS Sierra 10.12.2? In that case, you’re better protected from this tech support scam. Malwarebytes reports that Mac users running a fully up-to-date OS don’t seem to be affected by the Mail app DoS.
You don’t have to worry about this virus if you’re browsing on your iPhone and iPad, too. The malware doesn’t seem to have any effect on devices running a different OS, it turns out.
Since it only affects Mac users, it’s highly recommended that anyone running something other than the latest MacOS update should patch their computers ASAP. After all, MacOS 10.12.2 still provides the most recent protection against many of the latest viruses out there.
The new Apple virus isn’t really new at all. It shows the same characteristics as a virus that compromised PCs back in November last year (2016).
The virus consequently caused Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and other Windows web browsers to show a false help support web page that users couldn’t close. The infected Windows machines get bogged down so other programs can’t be opened, another hallmark trait of the malware. Afterward, it shows a bogus contact number that users could supposedly call for help.
As Malwarebytes shares on its blog, the culprit behind this latest malware threat may be a newly registered scam website. The said domain was making the rounds late last year, infecting several Macs along the way.
In other words, not carelessly navigating to the said domain may be your best bet not to get your MacBook infected. Be judicious with the links you click on whenever you’re surfing the Web, too. Don’t click links within suspicious albeit tempting emails when you can. Your Mac and your sanity will thank you for it.
Tech support scammers have been cunning in hatching schemes that push fake alerts just so it can scare users into calling for assistance. The latest Mac malware is no exception. So unless you refine your Web browsing habits and update your Mac computer to the latest macOS, you could very well be vulnerable to such a nasty virus.
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