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May 31, 2011

I Am Investigating the Security-Threat Issue With The Site

First I thought maybe it was just over-eager security programs; but I am getting a lot of complaints about this.

I am looking into several issues. Could it be comment-spam? Could there be links in there known to lead to security threats and so Norton and the like are warning off?

(By the way, my security software never tells me the site is a problem.)

One thing we might have to do -- unless we can get comment registration -- is simply disable all HTML in the comments.

Can anyone think of any possibilities? YouTube vids? What?


Answer: This is the information I have, from our very nice ad server representative, who keeps me from eating dog food.

This is driven by the user's and their browser history. The intent is for the user to visit a familiar web page and react poorly because they see a "trusted" website. :-/ -sc

This only happens for Safari users. Apple is about to release an OS patch to help clear this up.

Also, below please find steps to take if anyone gets infected by this virus. Hope this helps..thanks!

Steps to remove Mac Defender

Move or close the Scan Window

Go to the Utilities folder in the Applications folder and launch Activity Monitor

Choose All Processes from the pop up menu in the upper right corner of the window

Under the Process Name column, look for the name of the app and click to select it; common app names include: MacDefender, MacSecurity or MacProtector

Click the Quit Process button in the upper left corner of the window and select

Quit

Quit Activity Monitor application

Open the Applications folder

Locate the app ex. MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector or other name

Drag to Trash, and empty Trash

Malware also installs a login item in your account in System Preferences.

Removal of the login item is not necessary, but you can remove it by following the steps below.

Open System Preferences, select Accounts, then Login Items

Select the name of the app you removed in the steps above ex. MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector

Click the minus button



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