DownloadCheck 1.0 freeware Trojan detection utility for Mac OS X released

“DownloadCheck is an application that checks for applications in your Downloads folder. It was written in response to the MP3Concept Trojan horse release of April 2004,’ The IconFactory writes.

“It’s likely that you’ll never find a MP3 or other document type masquerading as an application. Most transport mechanisms on the Internet will not preserve the resource fork of the file being downloaded. Without the resource fork, the MP3Concept Trojan, and others like it, will not work. DownloadCheck is released as a deterrent for anyone who might consider writing an exploit of this type. We hope that we’ll never need to use it,” The IconFactory writes.

DownloadCheck is free and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or higher. More information and download link (404 kb) here.


  1. This is so funny! They wrote it “as a deterrent.” What is this, nuclear arms programming? We don’t want to ever use it, but if you push our hand we’ll have to!


  2. You say that it is so funny, but you fail to understand the danger of the situation: Read your Bible people!

    Revelations 6:8 “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on it was Gates, and Microsoft’s Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the ignorant (and ill dressed) part of the earth, to kill with illogic, and with unaesthetics, and with boredom, and with goofy-looking men of the earth.”

    We’re getting very close to the end, and I hope the good Lord brings Powerbooks to G5 to stop it! (I can’t remember which verse that one is out of . . .)

  3. One of the reasons the original Mac OS had so few virus was because of a free program by John Norstad called Disinfectant. Because so many of us had it, due to the fact that it was free, the virus’ that were written did not go very far. The deterrent worked.


  4. for Joe McConnel … a message as a reply to his other post (about the Wallon virus)
    Joe McConnel,

    you are right in certain areas of your reasoning,
    i used a pc a lot and use it in my workplace.
    it is not hard to secure a windows pc ..
    but the majority of PC users lack the education and skill to secure their machines. most of pc users have other skills and use the PC as a typewriter and for email .. they dont understand how the PC works, how trojans and viruses work.

    that is why the viruses spread without problems
    the security design of windows makes it even easier.
    here has the mac an advantage because it is inherently more secure and not very susceptible to virus attack. .. the user can concentrate on working and neednt worry about securing his machine.

    the performance argument is moot .. both PCs and macs are powerfull enough for the everyday use. (im now on some old Intel Celeron procesor with 128MB RAM with Win98SE – and it works fine for office use – just sometimes an occasional freeze so i can get my coffee)

    sorry for the long post but i have so much in my head … ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    P.S.: Apple should concentrate more on Europe and Japan, not only USA .. (better support of central european languages would be nice)

  5. I’d like to pick your ‘professional’ brain.
    We have an e-mac with all of the OS X updates.
    This AM, my daughter went to check her charter e-mail, and she only have one address in her address book. She had 100 (give or take a few when she last used it on Saturday night. The one that was left wasn’t the 1st or last entry.
    I have a feeling that maybe the person whose e-mail that was left could have hacked into her e-mail. Why? Well, it’s the only one not gone. The girl was a girl that waited on my daughter when she was trying on wedding gowns. We laughed because the girl seemed nice but was very odd. She kept telling my daughter that she wanted them to be friends, she invited her to a party, (ofcourse may daughter wasn’t in the least interested) and she gave my daughter her card with her cell number and e-mail address on it. She dotted her i’s with hearts. I teased my daugher that she liked her. The girl must have gotten mu daughter’s e-mail address because when she signed in for her appointment, they required it. The girl sent her an e-mail saying that she really, really wanted them to be good friends. The only time my daughter sent her an e-mail was to ask for the description number of a dress that she liked. The girl never responded to that or again.
    Could a nut erase her address book? If so, is there any way to get it back? Is it on the hard drive to retrieve? Could it be on our cable internet server?
    If it was just one of those things, and just odd that everything but the strange girl’s e-mail has vanished, is there any way to get the addresses back? Maybe a Norton or disk utility? Have you ever heard of anything like this? That was the only cable e-mail address book that was effected. (we have 5 accounts)
    Thanks so much for helping.

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