Apple will soon be issuing a software update to OS X users which will automagically remove the MacDefender malware that has been making the rounds lately. MacDefender is a malware program disguised as an antivirus app, allowing it to target inexperienced users to gain access to credit card data. Seasoned techies should know better than to install a sketchy “antivirus” program on a platform which is not generally prone to such malicious software, but Apple will be covering all their bases before it becomes an epidemic. MacDefender is able to autorun itself after download through Safari if you have the “open safe files after downloading” option enabled, so be wary of any suspicious setup screens, and be sure to install the update once it’s released.
In the coming days, Apple will deliver a Mac OS X software update that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants. The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this malware.