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Apple Updates Flashback Removal Security Tool For Mac OS X Leopard

Earlier this week, Apple released two software updates that deliver recent OS X Lion security fixes to Macs running OS X 10.5 Leopard.

The updates are related to vulnerabilities in Java and Adobe Flash Player for Macs in response to the Flashback Trojan infecting over half a million Mac machines worldwide.

A week later Apple released a few security updates and software removal tools, but the invincible Mac myth was already busted - Macs are in fact vulnerable to malware attacks.

Once the danger period cooled off, Apple turned its attention to previous OS X versions. Now the company has released the "Leopard Flashback Removal Security Update."

The tool scans the Mac for malware and removes "the most common variants of the Flashback malware," says Apple. Once it finds something that looks like Flashback codes, the software will notify the user and remove the malicious code.

The security update will also disable the Java plug-in from Safari. For the adventurous users who wish to keep this feature, there is always the option to set it up manually. The reactivation option can be found in the Security tab in Safari, under Preferences.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.