Apple releases Flashback removal tool

As promised, Apple on Thursday released a utility to remove the most common variants of the Flashback malware.

According to Apple the update also configures the Java web plug-in to disable the automatic execution of Java applets. Users may re-enable automatic execution of Java applets using the Java Preferences application. If the Java web plug-in detects that no applets have been run for an extended period of time it will again disable Java applets.

The tool is available via software update.