I think I have a safari virus.

Hi Guys,
I know the title seems a little over exaggerated but recently I have had an alarming affiliate redirection take over safari. When I do a google search no mater what I search every link is a redirect through six pages of the same affiliate redirect crap to end up at a blank page. I have to cut and past the link under the description in the search results directly into the title bar to get where I want to go. The dodgy links only last for 2 heading clicks at a time then its normal but if you search something else there back for another 2. This is really frustrating. I view/download alot of **** as I have an affiliate site of my own but I am concerned that alot of people may encounter this issue causing a grey cloud over the virus free mac slogan. Any ideas guys???

Whilst no viruses that can attack OS X have so far been detected 'in the wild', i.e. in anything other than laboratory conditions, the appearance of Trojans that can infect a Mac seems to be growing.
SecureMac has introduced a free Trojan Detection Tool for Mac OS X. It's available here:
The DNSChanger Removal Tool detects and removes spyware targeting Mac OS X.
Upon running the installer, the user's DNS records are modified, redirecting incoming internet traffic through the attacker's servers, where it can be hijacked and injected with malicious websites and pornographic advertisements. The trojan also installs a watchdog process that ensures the victim's DNS records stay modified on a minute-by-minute basis.
SecureMac's DNSChanger Removal Tool allows users to check to see if the trojan has been installed on their computer; if it has, the software helps to identify and remove the offending file. After a system reboot, the users' DNS records will be repaired.
A white paper has recently been published on the subject of Trojans by SubRosaSoft, available here:
Also, beware of MacSweeper:
MacSweeper is malware that misleads users by exaggerating reports about spyware, adware or viruses on their computer. It is the first known "rogue" application for the Mac OS X operating system. The software was discovered by F-Secure, a Finland based computer security software company on January 17, 2008
On June 23, 2008 this news reached Mac users:
More information on Mac security can be found here:
The MacScan application can be downloaded from here:
You can download a 30 day trail copy which enables you to do a full scan of your hard disk. After that it costs $29.95.
More on Trojans on the Mac here:
The latest news on the subject, from July 25, 2008, is:
Attack code that exploits flaws in the net's addressing system are starting to circulate online, say security experts.
The code could be a boon to phishing gangs who redirect web users to fake bank sites and steal login details.
In light of the news net firms are being urged to apply a fix for the loop-hole before attacks by hi-tech criminals become widespread.
Net security groups say there is anecdotal evidence that small scale attacks are already happening.
Further details here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7525206.stm
There may be other ways of guarding against Trojans, viruses and general malware affecting the Mac, and alternatives will probably appear in the future.

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