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Apple’s Flashback malware remover now live

The Flashback-specific update issued today.

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Apple this afternoon released an integrated tool to remove Flashback, malware designed to steal user information that was estimated to be present in more than half a million machines just last week.

The tool, which was made available as part of a security update to Java today, comes two days after Apple said it was working on an automated way for users to remove the infection.

Flashback is a form of malware designed to grab passwords and other information from users through their Web browser and other applications. A user typically mistakes it for a legitimate browser plug-in while visiting a malicious Web site. At that point, the software installs code designed to gather personal information and send it back to remote servers. In its most recent incarnations, the software can install itself without user interaction.

According to Apple, the new tool removes “the most common variants” of the malware, as well as turning off automatic execution of Java applets on Web pages.

After being discovered by Russian antivirus company Dr. Web earlier this month, several security firms — including Kaspersky and Symantec — verified its prevalence, while noting that infections have been in a decline. Yesterday Symantec estimated around 270,000 machines to be infected with the malware worldwide, down from an estimate of more than 600,000 counted last week.

Apple’s removal tool joins a small number of other solutions created to detect and remove the malware. Yesterday F-Secure released a small piece of software that makes use of AppleScript to detect it and make any necessary repairs, with Symantec rolling out its own such tool today, just ahead of Apple’s. Kaspersky Lab, which was the first company to verify Dr. Web’s infection numbers, introduced one of the first automated removal tools last week.

Updated at 3:28 p.m. PT to note that infection numbers were estimates.

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ZookaWare Adware Remover, SpyZooka – Sees Highest Increase in Online Sales in 2011

ZookaWare adware remover, SpyZooka, sees the highest increase in online purchases in 2011. The online purchase is typically followed by an immediate download to the PC.

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ZookaWare adware remover, SpyZooka, sees the highest increase in online purchases in 2011, followed immediately by download to the PC. Of the three products included in the ZookaWare suite of PC protection products, SpyZooka saw a greater jump in online sales in comparison to 2010.

Clint Ethington, CEO of ZookaWare, said, “We don’t see the numbers as a means of defining which program is the most important. The majority of users are aware that spyware is a problem. They have heard the horror stories of what spyware, adware, and malware of any kind can do to their PC. They’re more than willing to purchase affordable prevention. We see these numbers as a means of judging consumer awareness. There has definitely been an increase in the awareness of the issues related to spyware/adware and the need for adware remover products.”

ZookaWare has been offering high quality PC solutions and excellent tech support since 2004. Our products are designed specifically for the average PC user. At ZookaWare they call it “designing software for people, not geeks.” The ZookaWare product suite includes: CyberBackup, RegZooka, and SpyZooka. CyberBackup provides a safety net for users by protecting their data through remote storage. RegZooka offers PC error solutions through registry cleaning. SpyZooka finds and removes spyware from PCs and also acts as a preventive measure, keeping spyware from infecting the computer. The ZookaWare suite of products was designed to work together to provide the average user with all the protection they need for their PC.

To get further information on ZookaWare or their suite of PC solutions/products contact:

Clint Ethington    

Company: ZookaWare

Phone: 800-290-9809

Email: pr(at)ZookaWare(dot)com


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