Apple publishes standalone Flashback malware removal tool
Apple has announced the release of a standalone version of the "Flashback malware removal tool". The 356KB tool is aimed at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion users without Java installed and, according to Apple, it "removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware". If the tool finds the Flashback malware, users will presented with a dialogue notifying them that it was removed; depending on the variant removed, the tool may require users to restart their system.
Previously, the anti-Flashback utility was only available in combination with a further Java update that Apple had released last week. Under Lion, Java is no longer a default system component and will only be offered to download if it is required.
However, it is unclear which variants of Flashback that the tool removes as Apple provides no details on this. The Flashback malware removal tool is available from Apple's Support Downloads site.
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