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Apple offers standalone Flashback removal tool

Still stressed about the Flashback Trojan horse, that insidious bit of Mac malware that has infected hundreds of thousands of computers? Late Friday, Apple released the creatively-named Flashback Malware Removal Tool, which the company says "removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware."

This is not the same as the Java update that Apple released earlier last week, which also removes Flashback.

The standalone removal tool is geared towards those Lion users who haven't installed Java. Although the most recent variants of the Flashback malware exploited Java vulnerabilities, earlier variants used other attack vectors, such as masquerading as an installer for Adobe Flash; hence the need for this non-Java based utility.

Apple notes that, in certain cases, the removal tool will need to restart your Mac to complete the malware removal process.


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