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What AV program for Mac caught this virus?

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From what I've read, the attack vector is through either Adobe or Java (or both) - the same as with Windows OS.

I've also read (grain of salt time) that with the passing of of the anti-Bill Gates, the gloves are coming off vis-a-vis the bad guys attacking the various flavours of Apple OS's.

Time will tell, but smart Apple users will be installing AV/Anti-Spyware and making sure all of the OS/Application updates are in place.

To answer your basic question, NO "Lion" is not protected and likely won't be.

Apparently, Apple has finally gotten around to creating SOME patches for a flaw that was identified MONTHS ago, but basically they've been spoiled by their special treatment over the years and don't really have a clue how to handle being targeted.

This entire fiasco would have been prevented if Apple had taken the right steps and alerted their users.
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Wow! I thought by running the update I was protected.

How can I protect myself, if there is a way?

I need to turn on auto-updates, I think. How do I do that?

How would I know if I have been infected?

Thanks.
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I have never so much as tuned on an Apple product, so I can't help with your follow-on questions.

In a general "OS/Application" kind of way, make sure that you have all of the available OS updates from Apple, Java, and Adobe...and consider upgrading to one of the Apple OS's that are protected.

Just like Microsoft, Apple has an 'End Of Life' on support for their older versions and wants everyone to fork over the extra bucks to get the latest. I think their sales of upgraded OS's will dramatically increase - starting this week.

Apple users are going to have to become every bit as security vigilant and aware as Windows users.
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I use Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition - free for home use:

Link to Sophos
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For at least one recent Java vulnerability, it's apparently not enough only to install the latest release. Older releases need to be removed (or at least made unavailable) as well.

Tom
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@newbieweb,
With respect, your original question was answered within 6 minutes of being posted.

Your additional question are not even tagentially related to the original:

How can I protect myself, if there is a way?
I need to turn on auto-updates, I think. How do I do that?
How would I know if I have been infected?

The proper procedure is for you close out the original question with the first correct answer and then post new questions to help you determine protective and preventive methods.
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leuqarte, Did Sophos detect this virus? Or are you exposed until Apple fixes this?
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