Windows users are well versed in the art of malware — viruses, trojans, randsomware, etc. Mac users? Not so much. However, Mac users have recently been the target of a particularly annoying piece of malware or ‘ransomware’ — a preview of which we shared with you a few days back . The malware hijacks your browser (Safari or otherwise) with a fake FBI notice which tries to scare users into paying up $300 in order to regain control of their browser.
There are ways to prevent the notice from popping up however. You can go the brute force way and reset the browser or — at least in the case of Safari — hold down Shift while loading your browser in order to prevent it from opening new windows and tabs from the last session. The feature which prevents the notice from disappearing even after closing the browser can also be disabled from the General pane of System Preferences on OSX.
I’m quite sure Mac users with a good eye will spot this hoax and eventually figure out how to avoid it but many users will probably be fooled an will not even be familiar with the methods which can be used to get rid of this threat. Hopefully this message is spread to as many persons using Macs as possible to prevent any unfortunate loss of cash!
[via Macrumor ]