Sheesh, and here I am, like an idiot, loading them all manually.The trojan horse is called Mac Defender. It's a web pop-up containing a spoof message that tells customers their machines are infected by a virus and they must install anti-virus software. If customers agree to install the software, the program sporadically loads porn websites on their computer.
Apple has built-in anti-virus, but they don't advertise it as a feature. It's a bit limited, but at least the framework is there.I honestly don't understand why OS vendors aren't baking virus protection right into the OS. Microsoft has MSE, but it doesn't ship with Windows.
but it does download through WU without your consent, isn't that the same?
I did not know either of these things. :yesway:
Yes....but you can still be the guy with AIDS at the orgy.It appears you actually, actively need to install the thing for it to get to your system. I'm not at all worried, and I'm not going to install any antivirus software. I have precautions that I take, like using a user account with restricted privileges (Standard account), and I avoid third party software that doesn't come from a trusted source.
Why don't you download Virus Barrier Express from Intego for free? It only runs when you want it to, and you could check your system every once and awhile. Same goes for clamxav, which is also free, however it also checks for Windows viruses.Don't get me wrong, I hold no illusions that my system is invincible. :lol:
I just think that, as long as you're using your computer responsibly, the risk just doesn't warrant running anti-virus software on OS X at this time. I'd sooner consider using a separate, even more limited, account for web-browsing (if simply browsing the put my system at risk to malicious code), or even a virtual machine, leaving the host OS disconnected from the Internet and being even more restrictive (or paranoid) about third party apps.