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OSX.PUA.Gen

OSX.PUA.Gen

Updated:
January 02, 2015
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Mac

Behavior

OSX.PUA.Gen is a generic detection for many individual but varied OS X potentially unwanted applications for which specific definitions have not been created. A generic detection is used because it protects against many potentially unwanted applications that share similar characteristics.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version December 31, 2014 revision 008
  • Latest Rapid Release version November 01, 2017 revision 036
  • Initial Daily Certified version December 31, 2014 revision 020
  • Latest Daily Certified version November 02, 2017 revision 005
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date January 07, 2015
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OSX.PUA.Gen is a generic detection for many individual but varied OS X potentially unwanted applications for which specific definitions have not been created. A generic detection is used because it protects against many potentially unwanted applications that share similar characteristics.

What can I do to minimize the risks?
Ensure that you read the End-User License Agreement (EULA) of any programs that are installed. Users should read the help files associated with this program to understand its purpose and potential.

As a general rule, users should always run up-to-date antivirus software with real-time protection such as Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security, Norton 360 or Symantec Endpoint Protection . In addition, a firewall -- or better still, an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) -- will help to block download activities initiated by these types of security risks. Program controls such as those found in Symantec Endpoint Protection can also help to prevent programs such as these from executing in the first place.


How can I find out more?

Advanced users can submit a sample to Threat Expert to obtain a detailed report of the system and file system changes caused by a security risk.
The following instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products for Macintosh.
  1. Update the virus definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan and repair or delete all the files detected.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. To update the virus definitions
Symantec Security Response fully tests all the virus definitions for quality assurance before they are posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:
  • Running LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain virus definitions: These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers once each week (usually on Wednesdays), unless there is a major virus outbreak. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, refer to the Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate).
  • Downloading the definitions using the Intelligent Updater: The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted on U.S. business days (Monday through Friday). You should download the definitions from the Symantec Security Response website and manually install them. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by the Intelligent Updater, refer to the Virus Definitions (Intelligent Updater).
The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are available: Read "How to update virus definition files using the Intelligent Updater " for detailed instructions.

2. To scan for and delete the infected files
  • Start your Norton AntiVirus or Symantec Endpoint Protection for Macintosh program and make sure that it is configured to scan all files.
  • Run a full system scan.
  • If any files are detected, click Repair (if available) or Delete.