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.


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!

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Rajesh Pandey

Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu or mail to him at [email protected]