We reported last week that Apple delivered one Flashback malware removal option for Mac users, and now the firm has released a second clean-up tool for those who don’t have Java installed on their systems. The latest flashback trojan removel tool (DL1517) is planned for users of OS X 10.7 Lion who, for one reason or another, are avoiding Java altogether; like its predecessors, it scans for the most common variants of the malware and, if discovered, removes them.
“This Flashback malware removal tool that will remove the most common variants of the Flashback malware. If the Flashback malware is found, a dialog will be presented notifying the user that malware was removed. In some cases, the Flashback malware removal tool may need to restart your computer in order to completely remove the Flashback malware. This update is recommended for all OS X Lion users without Java installed” Apple said. Over 600,000 Macs are believed to be infected with Flashback.
Flashback malware has the ability to use a java vulnerability to intercept passwords and other private data, and then transmits the information back to the person or group that deployed it. Users can download the Apple Flashback removal tool here.