Des Champs Au Printemps. And why not!
I’ve just seen my first ever proper Mac virus!
According to Sophos, it’s named OSX/VSearch-A and puts all sorts of nasty links and images in any browsers you have installed on your Mac. A plethora of pop-up ads and other unpleasantness also happens. The poor chap who infected his Mac had downloaded a dodgy streaming app to watch football for free. He got more than he bargained for.
We installed Sophos to remove the virus, having cleared out preference files, browser extensions and some of the applications he’d installed to see the football. After a couple of restarts and a further scan we killed it.
These seem to be the common locations for the files which may mean you have to make hidden files visible in the Finder.
This is very unusual as this sort of distribution usually happens on a Windows PC not on a Mac. While Macs are inherently more secure than Windows machines and can only be infected if the user downloads and specifically installs an application, it’s still a worrying development.
A sound fellow, that Napoleon Bonaparte!
“How can you have order in a state without religion? For, when one man is dying of hunger near another who is ill of surfeit, he cannot resign himself to this difference unless there is an authority which declares ‘God wills it thus.’ Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”
“A soul you say? Give my pocketwatch to a savage and he’ll think it has a soul.”
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