A group of light-fingered cybercrooks have been running a deceptive campaign where Mac OS X users are misinformed about the presence of the Tapsnake virus on their systems. When surfing the web with their favorite browser, the targeted people suddenly bump into popup alerts that report said infection and recommend an application that will supposedly rectify the problem. This is a classical scareware technique aimed at duping Mac users into downloading and installing something they don’t need.
Apple aficionados are being heavily targeted by an email hoax that aims at obtaining their Apple ID and password as well as credit card details. Different types of these scams have been circulating for a while, the only principal difference being the subject of the phishing emails sent to would-be victims. In the most recent campaign, unsuspecting customers are getting fake order receipts stating that they have been charged a certain amount of money for Apple music membership subscription, which they never purchased for real.
The issue with ps4ux.com adware activity on Mac OS X revolves around random popups and redirects in web browsers, including Safari, Chrome and Firefox. The infection silently infiltrates a machine and installs a hostile browser plugin which, in its turn, tweaks online navigation settings without being authorized to. When confronted with this virus, users should focus on eradicating the malicious code rather than simply rectify the skewed Internet parameters.
Adware and browser hijacking is not uncommon on Mac OS X, although Windows fares much worse in regards to the exposure of users to these threats. One way or another, there are online infections with cross-platform functionality that affect both of these major operating systems. One of these pests is fuq.com. It is an adult site, and it may seem that visiting it or not is up to the user. However, some people are automatically redirected to this page off and on, which is an outcome of a compromise on a Mac machine.
The ne’er-do-wells crafting various types of malicious code for Mac OS X came up with a new hoax. Users are being infected with the Amazonaws virus on a large scale lately. This malady redirects web traffic and displays popups with fake warnings and error messages in browsers. The idea is to dupe people into contacting supposed Mac technicians over a toll-free helpline, at which stage the social engineering part of the stratagem comes into play.
When confronted with adware, Mac users experience various web browsing issues and interferences. For instance, these offending apps may force browsers to return sites that victims never intended to visit. The sample called Slick Savings, however, does a different thing – it injects a bevy of intrusive advertisements into web pages accessed via Safari and the Mac editions of Chrome and Firefox. To top it off, this infection also harvests the user’s sensitive online information.