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Snake: Windows malware also infects Macs


Posted: May 11, 2017
Updated: May 11, 2017

by benjamin

Last month, a report by McAfee mentioned the strong growth in virus on the Mac (read: Mac: malware increased by 744% in 2016 on macOS). Even if most of them are only adware, some dangerous malware is present on the Apple OS for computers. Among these, we find Snake.

It landed on Windows in 2008 and is now rampant on the Mac. The malware is hidden in an installation of Adobe Flash Player, in the archive more precisely, to bypass Apple’s protection. When the user installs the player, it also allows malware to infect their computer.

Snake malware mac - Snake: Windows malware also infects MacsFortunately, there are methods to get rid of this malware. The first is to use Malwarebytes software. The second method, intended for advanced users, allows to manually remove Snake. If the files below are present, then you are infected and need to eradicate them as soon as possible from your Mac:

  • / Library / Scripts / queue
  • / Library / Scripts / installdp
  • /Library/Scripts/
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.adobe.update.plist
  • /var/tmp/.ur-*
  • /tmp/.gdm-socket
  • /tmp/.gdm-selinux

Snake mainly attacks personal data. Once malware has been detected on a Mac, it is recommended that you change all of its passwords. Otherwise, the user is exposed to serious risks and unpleasant surprises. If the stolen information is exploited by hackers, he may no longer have access to his email accounts, for example.