Apple Inc. has finally admitted the alleged presence of a malicious version of the MacDefender antivirus program over the Web.
The company also promised to resolve the issue as soon as possible by introducing an update of the Mac OS X that should automatically detect the malware in the victim’s system, and remove it immediately.
“In the coming days, Apple will deliver a Mac OS X software update that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants. The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this malware,” Apple claimed in its help-forum.
Apple initially went on a denial mode about the presence of any such malware. But as the fake antivirus utility started spreading at a much faster rate, the company’s help lines and forums also subsequently flooded with thousands of complaints and help-requests.
This, according to many analysts, eventually forced the company to acknowledge the issue, and take a 180 degree turn from the denial to a damage-control mode.
Apple also issued an advisory regarding how to avoid the malware, as well for those who are already infected, how to come clean out of the problem.