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How To Remove MacDefender Virus/Malware From Your Mac

Remember the Mac Defender malware which disguised itself as an anti-virus, and tricked users into paying for removing viruses from the Macs? The virus has been on the loose for quite some time now and has managed to infect quite a number of Macs out there.

Here are the steps to remove the Mac Defender malware from your Mac -:

Step 1 – Open up Activity Monitor, and select the option to view ‘All process’ from the drop down list.

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Step 2 – Find the ‘MacDefender’ process from the list of running processes, and then click on the ‘Quit Process’ option and finally select the ‘Force Quit’ option.

Step 3 – Now, head over to the Applications folder in your Mac and find the ‘MacDefender’ folder. Right click on the folder, and select the ‘Move To Trash’ option. Empty the Trash folder of your Mac after this.

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Step 4 – Fire up Safari on your Mac, and click on the ‘Safari’ option at the top of the screen and select the Reset Safari option.

There might be a possibility that users might not be able to delete the files related to Mac Defender. If so, reboot your Mac into Safe Mode and repeat all the steps stated above.

Alternatively, Mac users can also download and install anti-virus software like Sophos etc. However, some of these anti-viruses might make your Mac unstable or give kernel panics. So I would recommend readers to follow the steps stated above.

Fake Mac Defender ‘Anti-Virus’ For Macs On The Loose

One of the heavily criticized aspects of Windows OS has been its vulnerability to viruses. Its competitor, Mac OS, has been relatively safe from viruses up until now.

Since the last couple of weeks, a malware for Mac OS X has been on the loose, namely Mac Defender. This Trojan/malware spreads as a security application, which will help users remove viruses’ from the OS X.

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The application has a very polished look, and can easily deceive veteran Mac users as well. On the first launch, the application will falsely detect some of the files on your Mac computer as infected by virus. The application will also open pr0n websites on your Mac, making users think that their computer is infected by viruses.

The application will ask users to purchase the license of their application so as to remove advanced viruses. The 1 year license of the app costs a whopping $59.95, while the 2 year and the lifetime license costs $69.95 and $79.95, respectively. Once a user clicks on the Register button, he is taken to an unsecured website where he is asked to enter his credit card details.

Once the user enters his credit card details, he will be basically charged for software which actually infected his Mac. Other genuine anti-virus and anti-malware software for the Mac detect the Mac Defender app as a virus. However, looking at how rare viruses are for Mac, I doubt many Mac users would be using anti-virus software.

I will be writing a detailed step-by-step guide on how to remove Mac Defender virus from your beloved Mac, so stay tuned!

Opera for Mac Now Available for Download from Apple’s App Store, If You Are Above 17 (No Kidding)

After becoming the first non-webkit based browser to be approved on the iOS App Store, Opera has also become the first non-native browser to be available on the Mac App Store. However, there is a catch. You have to be above seventeen to download it from the App Store. Opera has been categorized as an age restricted download due to “frequent/intense mature/suggestive themes”, to use Apple’s words. Of course, given that Opera is simply a web browser, it should be obvious to any sane person just how ridiculous Apple’s categorization is.

Opera-Mac-App-StoreAlthough insane, this bit of news isn’t exactly surprising. It has been Apple’s long standing policy to categorise any app that allows access to the internet as an age-restricted download, as it’s possible to browse adult themed websites with such apps. Apple had earlier classified Opera Mini for iPhone as a porn app due to the same reason. Of course, every Apple operating system ships with Safari pre-installed, and Safari can also be used to open any website on the interwebs. To be honest, the entire thing reeks of double standard, but being fair isn’t exactly Apple’s strongest suit. In fact, it’s almost unreasonable to expect that from a high-handed company like Apple.

Opera Software reacted to the classification in its characteristically funny way. Jan Standal, VP of Desktop Products for Opera Software, expressed his concern by saying that, “Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application. It’s very fast, you know, and it has a lot of features. I think the download requirement should be at least 18.”

One of the reasons why Opera might not be complaining is because they might be pleased to get approved in the first place. Opera for desktop includes an inbuilt torrent downloader that makes torrent downloading so simple that even my grandma could do it. In the past, App Store reviewers haven’t been too kind to torrent clients, given that Apple views torrents as a vehicle for infringing third party rights.

If you are a Mac user under seventeen, you can always download Opera from the official website, where no one will ask you to furnish your credit card information just to download a free web browser.

Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview Released

Amidst all the hype surrounding the iPad 2, it might be easy to forget that Apple still develops a desktop operating system – one with its fair share of fan boys. However, fear not, development of OS X Lion is on schedule, and Apple has just released the developer preview

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Mac OS X Lion, the successor to the Snow Leopard, was first previewed in the “Back to the Mac” event held in October. Check out our original coverage if you need a refresher. Lion is a major update which builds on many of the best features found in the iPad and the iPhone.

We already knew that it will feature multi-touch support, full-screen apps, Launchpad and Mission Control. However, there are quite a few other notable improvements that Apple hadn’t earlier mentioned. They are:

  • AirDrop: A simple, hassle-free way to copy files between Macs wirelessly.
  • Versions: A versioning system that will automatically save successive versions of your documents, providing a simple way to browse, edit and revert to previous states.
  • Auto Save: A system-wide mechanism that will automatically save your documents as you work on them.
  • Resume: Another system feature that can restore apps to the state they were in before you quit the app or shutdown your Mac.
  • Mail v5: The new email client will feature grouped conversations, wide-screen layout and MS Exchange 2010 support.

The developer preview is now available to Mac Developer Program members through the Mac App Store. OS X Lion is expected to be released in summer.

The Mac App Store Has Over 1 Million Downloads on Launch Day

Apple has announced that the Mac App Store has already hit one million downloads on its first day of operation. It has been just one day since the Mac App Store launched with about 1000 apps, and it has already had its share of issues and controversies. What remains to be seen is whether these numbers are indicative of greater future sales numbers or just initial excitement.

The Mac App Store has been modeled after the extremely popular iPhone App Store and functions as a centralized marketplace for Mac apps and games with developers keeping 70% of the sales revenue and Apple pocketing the rest.

“We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting. Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

Check out the official press release by Apple for more details.

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Mac App Store Cracked

It seems that the Mac App Store, which was launched on January 6, has been cracked already. The crack will not be available until February 2011 though, according to Dissident, the hacker who created the hack – Kickback.

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We don’t want to release Kickback as soon as the [Mac App] Store gets released. I have a few reasons for that.

Most of the applications that go on the Mac App Store [in the first instance] will be decent, they’ll be pretty good. Apple isn’t going to put crap on the App Store as soon as it gets released. It’ll probably take months for the App Store to actually have a bunch of crappy applications and when we feel that it has a lot of crap in it, we’ll probably release Kickback.

So we’re not going to release Kickback until well after the store’s been established, well after developers have gotten their applications up. We don’t want to devalue applications and frustrate developers.

It has already been widely reported that the security of the Mac App Store is very easy to circumvent. The team that developed Kickback is a part of the Hackulous community that cracked Apple’s DRM system for iOS.

via GadgetsDNA

Apple App Store Opens Up For Consumers; Angry Birds And Twitter For Mac Also Released

Apple has finally opened up the Mac App Store for consumers. Mac OS X Snow Leopard owners can get the App Store by downloading the OS X 10.6.6 update. Mac owners can purchase apps from the App Store using their iTunes account.

As of now, the Mac App Store contains more than 1000 apps. The apps in the Mac App Store are divided into many categories like Education, Games, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities etcetera.

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The Mac App Store contains popular apps like Autodesk, iPhoto, iMovie, Pages and Aperture 3. The Mac App Store also features some new applications like Angry Birds for the Mac platform for $4.99 along with Twitter for Mac. All the apps which users will download from the Mac App Store will pop up in your OS X dock.

The whole UI of the Mac App Store is pretty much similar to the App Store which users see on the iPad. Along with the Mac App Store, the OS X 10.6.6 also fixes some bugs and improves the stability of your Mac.

Microsoft’s Connector For Mac And Windows Phone 7 Gets An Update

Do you have a shiny new Windows Phone 7 device? How about an Apple computer? If you answered yes to those questions, you’re probably going to want to download the latest update to the Windows Phone 7 Mac Connector from Microsoft which is currently still in beta. It’s deemed criticaland includes numerous fixes and features, among them would be the ability to synchronize any music that you’ve purchased on your device and the ability to browse files stored on your device. Be sure to check for any available updates (if you’re not automatically prompted) or download and install it on your own from Microsoft’s official page.

Adobe Releases Flash 10.2 Beta For Windows, Mac and Linux

Adobe has released a new Flash 10.2 beta for Windows, Mac and Linux which introduces a number of enhancements and new APIs. Flash 10.2 beta also support Internet Explorer 9 hardware acceleration.

Flash 10.2 beta includes a new feature called Stage Video, which helps websites deliver smooth videos across devices and browsers by enabling access to hardware acceleration. Flash 10.2 also claims to deliver HD videos while using very little processing power.

Overall, Flash 10.2 Beta looks like a worthwhile upgrade if you do not have any issues with using beta software. You can learn about all the new enhancements in Flash 10.2 at the official blog or download it from here.

Max OS X 10.7 “Lion” Sneak Peek

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It’s official. Apple has just announced the next edition of the Mac Operating System – the Lion. Although Apple didn’t reveal everything about the Lion at today’s event, it gave us a sneak peek at what we can expect from the successor to the Snow Leopard.

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Over the past several months, it has been all about the iOS. The success of the iOS has helped Apple reach new heights and carve out segments that simply didn’t exist before. And, the same iOS is the main inspiration behind the new OS X. The highlights of today’s presentation were:

  • Apple will introduce full multi-touch support in Lion to take advantage of the multi-touch capable trackpads present in MacBooks, as well as Apple’s very own Magic Mouse. In fact, Apple is also going to launch a full-fledged multi-touch capable trackpad for desktop users.
  • The Lion will also allow apps to run in full screen mode, similar to the way we are accustomed to using apps on the iPhone and the iPad. This should make reading books or surfing the web a joy.
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  • As predicted by many, Apple will also launch an App Store for desktop apps. Obviously, the new App Store will be modeled after the highly successful iPhone App Store. There will be both free and paid apps, with Apple taking 30% revenue share. Installation as well as uninstallation of apps will be hassle free and a single click affair. The App Store will automatically ensure that you have the latest version of each app installed on your system.
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  • Another new feature in Lion is Launchpad, which is simply a home screen for your apps. It will display all the apps installed on your system in a neatly arranged grid, similar to the iPad. In fact, Apple is even dubbing this as an iPad layer.
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  • Full screen apps, Launchpad, Spaces and Expose are going to be the cornerstone of the Lion user interface. And integrating all of them together will be another nifty feature called Mission Control, which will group apps with multiple instances into stacks.

The Lion will be launching in the summer of 2011. The new set of features are just what we have come to expect from Apple – fresh and exciting. Don’t forget to share with us your initial impression of the Lion.

via Engadget

Back to the Mac: New iLife ’11, MacBook Air and a Mystery Product

Apple’s Back to the Mac event is scheduled to take place later today in San Francisco. As usual, Apple is being tightlipped about what to expect in the event. However, BGR has already confirmed that we will be seeing a new MacBook Air, as well as the latest edition of iLife suite, which includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb. The confirmation came in the form of categories in Apple’s official discussion forums.

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Apple staffers also created a mystery category called “Reserved 10 20″ for a possibly unknown product. I am hoping that the mystery product turns out to be Mac OS 10.7, which has been speculated to be codenamed Lion.

Engadget has also managed to learn about the key specifications of the updated MacBook Air. The new Air will be as sleek as the original Air (actually smaller), while bumping up the specifications by a fair bit. Here’s what Engadget was told about the Air.

  • Display: 11.6 inch screen.
  • Processor: 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (optional 2.33GHz upgrade).
  • RAM: 2GB.
  • Other: Mini DisplayPort, 2xUSB (one of the left and one on the right), and SD card reader. Air’s trackpad will be similar to the multi-touch trackpad in MacBook Pros.

Thriller and Mario Paint Composer

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Today I ran into a video showing off the Thriller tune in Mario Paint Composer. I was amazed. Here’s the video …

Click here if you can’t see the video.

I’d never heard of Mario Paint Composer, but it’s been around since 1999 on Nintendo game systems. According to Wikipedia, Mario Paint was rated the 162nd best game made on a Nintendo System in Nintendo Power‘s Top 200 Games list.

The design team at unFun Games has a version you can run in Windows and Mac. Anyone, even someone as musically stupid as me, can create their own tunes in it. Here’s what the authors of the game say about it.

Mario Paint Composer is a remake of the music system from the original Mario Paint for the Super NES. It is made by unFun Games. The game is, of course, completely free, but we ask that you check out our website if you like it. You’ll find other fun online games to play there for PC and Mac!

Mario Paint Composer is 100% virus/spyware free. It will not harm your computer in any way.

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I downloaded and unzipped it to my computer and within only a few minutes, I’d figured out how it works. You can load tunes, save tunes and even download tunes that others have created.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Mario Paint Composer is fun for all ages. It’s easy to create and share music with others and the software is easy to use. It’s portable freeware and you can run it from a Flash card or USB stick if you need to. This one gets a big thumbs up from me.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Boxee Box Home Entertainment System – Available for Pre-Order

boxee-logoBoxee is a social media service that started out as freeware for creating HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) that can run on Windows, Mac and Linux. They’ve partnered up with the famous D-Link company, which is better known for manufacturing routers, to create the Boxee Box.

The Boxee Box is a basically a small computer (set top box) that joins your TV to your internet connection. It allows you to play media files from your home network or tons of content off the internet. You’ll find thousands of popular TV shows, movies and music in addition to many of the popular sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pandora.

Here’s what the Boxee site says about this new product.

    • Play what you normally watch on your computer   (whether it is on the Internet or your home network) on your TV
    • Tailor the Internet experience to a huge flat screen
    • Do it in full HD, 1080p with 5.1 surround whenever possible
    • Share the stuff you watch with your friends and see what they are watching
    • Use a simple remote rather than a keyboard and mouse

What’s it look like? What’s in it?

It looks odd to me. Here’s a peek at it.

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It comes with a unique RF remote controller that has navigation buttons on one side, and a qwerty keypad on the other side.

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They promise that the Boxee Box is easy to set up. In general, you plug it into the outlet, connect it to your TV, then Boxee pops in to tell you how to connect to the internet via your home network. If you have a previous Boxee account, it will import all of your settings and services.

Here’s what the some of the screens look like.

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I was not able to find out what operating system that they use in the box, but it runs on the the Intel CE4100 system-on-a-chip, which is a new Atom style processor. Here are the system specs quoted at Amazon.

• Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 4.6″

• Language Support: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

• Network Protocol Support: IPV4, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, DHCP Client, DNS Client, DDNS Client, HTTP Server, Samba Client, RTP/RTMP, VPN: PPTP, DLNA 1.5 (DMP)

• Wireless: 802.11n/g/b

• Ports: HDMI 1.3, 10/100 Fast Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0, Optical Audio (S/PDIF), Analog Audio (RCA L/R)

• Memory Card Support: SD, SDHC up to 32GB, MMC

• Audio Formats: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AIF/AIFF, AC3/AAC, OGG, FLAC, DTS, Dolby Digital/Dolby True HD

• Video Formats: Adobe Flash 10.1, FLV/On2 VP6 (FLV/FV4/M4V), H.264 AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MP4), VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV), MPEG-1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG), MPEG-2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/TS/TP/ISO/IFO), MPEG-4 (MP4/AVI/MOV), DivX 3/4/5/6 (AVI/MKV), Xvid (AVI/MKV), WMV9 (WMV/ASF/DVR-MS)

• Image Formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF

• Playlist Formats: M3U, PLS, WPL

• Subtitle Formats: SRT, SUB, SSA, SMI, ASS

• Supported Resolutions: H.264: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps; WMV9/VC-1: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps; MPEG4: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps; MPEG2: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps

• Two-Sided RF Remote: with 4-way navigation and full QWERTY keypad

Where to get it?

The Boxee Box is available as a pre-order for $199.00, exclusively at Amazon (in the US) and Best Buy / Future Shop (in Canada). The units are scheduled to start shipping in November and the cost will increase to around $230.

You can download the Windows, Mac and Linux software here.

Conclusion

I have a feeling that the Boxee Box will do well, but they have some stiff competition coming from Google TV, Apple TV and even Microsoft. I think they’d do much better at a price point closer to $100.

Root Samsung Galaxy S In A Single Click

Two weeks ago we told you about two applications which lets you root your Samsung Vibrant or the Samsung Captivate in just a single click. Now if you’d follow our site, you would have noticed that TGA_GunnmanSamsung Galaxy S commented on that post saying he has released an application which allows you to root the Galaxy S in just a single click. Now, the one-click application to root Galaxy S has been updated, and works under Windows as well as Mac. Yes, now even Mac users can root their Samsung Galaxy S in just a single click.

The application supports rooting both Android 2.1 Firmwares, and Android 2.2 firmwares. Along with rooting, this application also installs Busybox Installer and SuperUser on your phone. Here is the link to the thread.

TGA_Gunnman has also promised to release an application to root the Samsung Vibrant in a single click, whenever its launched.

Barnes and Noble Apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, PC, Mac

This isn’t newnews, but I’ve covered a few other eReader apps lately. I decided to try out the eReader apps that Barnes and Noble is offering.

I’m sure you’ve heard of BN. They’ve been in the book business for years. Currently they have a bookstore online at barnesandnoble.com. Here’s a screenshot:

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They also have a portable eReader device called the Nook similar to the Amazon Kindle and the Borders Kobo. Here’s what the Nook looks like:

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If you already have one of the following; iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, PC or Mac, then you can download and run one of the free BN eReader apps. I recently tried out the PC version of the BN Reader. Here are two screenshots for you.

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The BN eReader app for the PC doesn’t seem to have built in access to the online store. Instead, when you click on the store, it launches your default web browser to visit there. I don’t know if it works that way on other devices such as the iPad. ‘

Other than that, it seems to be just as easy to use as all of the other eReader applications I’ve tried.

If you like to read and you like Barnes and Noble stores, the Nook and the free BN Reader apps are going to be good tools for you.

See also:

Nook: Barnes & Noble Launches The Coolest eBook Reader

Borders Has a New eBook Store, eReader and Apps

Read e-Books on Your PC, iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or BlackBerry with Kindle Apps

Find and Read Free E-books with FBReader