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25/06/2012 12:04 BST | Updated 25/08/2012 06:12 BST

Apple Removes Claims Of Virus Immunity

Apple has quietly removed a claim from its website that its computers do not get viruses.

A recent wave of virus attacks against Macs, including the Flashback botnet have apparently forced it to reconsider its message.

Previously Apple boasted that its Mac OS X operating system "doesn't get PC viruses".

That has now been changed. Apple's website now states that Mac OS X is "built to be safe" and tells users to "safeguard your data. By doing nothing".

And while it still claims that safety is "built in" to OS X, the message is in contrast to previous claims of virtual invulnerability.

The new version of OS X, Mountain Lion, will include a new 'Gatekeeper' app which allows users to restrict what Apps are installed on the system.

In a recent report, Russian anti-virus software maker said that at least 550,000 Macs were infected with viruses.