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There's a new virus that's targeting Macs - find out if you're infected and how to avoid it

A number of Mac computers have been infected with a virus described as the ‘first of its kind’.

Described as ‘ransomware’, the attack happened with tainted software of Transmission, a lightweight Mac client for torrents, downloaded through the official site of the software.

If you’ve not heard of ransomware before, you’re forgiven. The virus aims to lock you out of certain aspects of your computer (usually personal documents, family photos, music, that sort of thing) and demanding you pay hundreds of pounds to gain access again.

KeRanger, the name of the virus, was downloaded nearly 7,000 times before the developers were able to stop the attack. Cyber security experts have warned that this is only the beginning of these sorts of breaches.

Here's how to find out if you're about to be held to cyber ransom and stop it...

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