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flashbackthumbApple is hard at work on a solution that will detect and remove a malicious piece of software that has infected more than 600,000 Mac computers around the world.

Apple has already issued an update to patch up a security flaw in Java that allowed the Flashback Trojan to install itself onto Macs.

It is understood more than 30,000 users in Australia have been affected.

And while this patch will prevent the malware being installed in the future, Apple is still working on software that will be able to detect the Flashback Trojan on infected Macs and remove it.

Apple’s software update to patch up the Java vulnerability can be accessed by clicking on the Software Update option in the Apple menu in the top left hand corner of the screen.

Mac users can check for the security patch using Software Update Mac users can check for the security patch using Software Update

The Flashback malware is designed to let hackers snoop around the computer in a bid to find information like passwords and account numbers.

The software update is only compatible with Macs running 10.6 or higher.

Macs running 10.5 or earlier can protect themselves by disabling Java in their web browser. This is done by going to Safari > Preferences and clicking on the Security tab and then unchecking “Enable Java”.

Mac users running OS X 10.5 or earlier can protect themselves from the malware by disabling Java on their Safari browserMac users running OS X 10.5 or earlier can protect themselves from the malware by disabling Java on their Safari browser

Users who want to find out if their Mac has been infected can download a Flashback Checker here.

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