Mac users beware, new OSX malware ‘pop-up screen’ hits Safari

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By Dale Dixon/ BBB’s Trust Evangelist

Apple’s Mac is not immune to a virus, but repairing an infected Mac appears to be easier than a PC. A new version of a common computer virus is now targeting Mac users.  This malware poses as the FBI and tries to extort hundreds of dollars from victims.

The virus has fooled PC users since spring 2012. But the newest version is targeting OS X Mac users. If you have received such a pop up (regardless of the type of computer you use), do not follow payment instructions. Instead, file a complaint with the FBI by going typing http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx into your browser’s address bar.

How to Deal with the Virus: 

As always, make sure your computer’s operating system and browser are up to date with the latest security protections. And run a virus scam if you may have downloaded anything suspicious.

Here’s how you can unfreeze your computer if you get this virus:

Mac Users: 

Click on the Safari menu and choose “reset Safari.” Make sure all check boxes are selected or hold down the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari from reopening windows and tabs from the previous session.

Victims can also disable the reopening feature across OS X from the General pane of System Preferences.  Uncheck the box next to the text: Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps.

PC users:  

Turn off your computer and start it again in “safe mode.”

Follow Window’s instructions to do a “System Restore” According to Microsoft’s website: Open System Restore by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type System Restore, and then, in the list of results, click System Restore.‌   If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or offer confirmation.

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