Apple has been secretly improving its anti-malware defences by releasing a new programme named “XProtect Remediator.” for mac users.
The functionality was originally discovered by Mac blogger Howard Oakley, who said that in the past six months, macOS virus prevention “has changed more than it did in the previous seven years.”
He also noted that the programme is now “as active as many commercial anti-malware programmes,” meaning that it is actively preventing infections before they happen.
So, what’s up?
Apple has been providing Mac customers with anti-malware protection in the form of XProtect since 2008, with the release of Mac OS X Snow Leopard. However, with the release of macOS 12.3 Monterey, Apple has launched a more proactive solution.
In the background, XProtect Remediator checks for malware and removes it if found.
These scans occur when the Mac is on but not in use; daily at a minimum, and occasionally every few hours.
The tool’s executable code modules may detect and eliminate a wide variety of prevalent malware, such as the endemic trojan Adload, the trojan dropper DubRobber, and the browser hijacker adware Genio.
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The new utility is compatible with macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur, and macOS Catalina, but isn’t backwards-compatible with earlier versions of ioS.
Apple addressed two zero-day vulnerabilities in macOS Monterey 12.5.1, iOS 15.6.1, and iPadOS 15.6.1.