Apple has posted a support document with instructions on how to avoid or manually remove the Mac Defender malware. Mac Defender is a fishing malware that will redirect Mac users to fake websites to alert them the need to purchase the Mac Defender “anti-virus” software. This “anti-virus” software is malicious and will transfer your credit card info for fraudulent purposes.
This “anti-virus” software is malware (i.e. malicious software). Its ultimate goal is to get the user’s credit card information which may be used for fraudulent purposes.
The most common names for this malware are MacDefender, MacProtector and MacSecurity.
Apple will deliver a Mac OS X software update that automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants.