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Searching for Snow Leopard? Careful.

(Read caption) Please don't steal us: Snow leopards at the Toronto Zoo.

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Jessica Biel and Brad Pitt may reign supreme as the most dangerous Internet searches, but those looking to score illicit copies of Apple's new operating system ought to be wary, too.

A post at Trend Micro's Malware blog warns of bogus sites claiming to offer free downloads of Apple's Snow Leopard, which really serve up "a DNS changer Trojan detected by Trend Micro as OSX_JAHLAV.K." Once activated, the Trojan reportedly opens a door to all sorts of malware.

Really? People are that anxious to get a free advance copy of Snow Leopard. It's a $30 upgrade, and less than a day away from being legitimately available. At this point (and price point), why not wait and go legit?

Despite some who would ding Apple for not releasing more features, the new Mac operating system is being hailed as a sleek upgrade by many in the tech press. New York Times tech columnist David Pogue writes: "the big story here isn’t really Snow Leopard. It’s the radical concept of a software update that’s smaller, faster and better — instead of bigger, slower and more bloated. May the rest of the industry take the hint."


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