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Apple has issued a user advice document on dealing with the growing problem of Mac Defender scareware infections.
Apple forums have been buzzing with comments about the problem, but the company has until now remained silent on this issue.
"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 firm said.
"The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this malware."
The posting is a rare acknowledgement by Apple that Mac OS suffers from malware problems. The company savaged Microsoft for similar problems in a famous advertising campaign, and security experts have criticised Mac users for being complacent about security.
"This feeling of invincibility is beginning to change as public attacks (such as the new Mac Protector scareware program) begin to show up," Charles Kolodgy, research vice president of secure products at IDC, told V3.co.uk.
"Everything I've read says that the clean-up from such an attack is effective, but I'm sure this will be just the first potentially unwanted program on the scene and the next one might be more obtuse in what it does."
Iain Thomson is the US editor of V3.co.uk based in San Francisco. Iain has been a part of the V3.co.uk team since 2002 and was previously technical editor of PC Magazine, reviews editor of PC Advisor and editor of Aviation Informatics. He also appears as an occasional commentator on BBC television and radio, ITV and Bloomberg.