Malware threats to Mac OS X are rare, but they do happen. The latest reports suggest that more than 550,000 Macs worldwide have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, a Java exploit that threatens private user information.

Although Apple has released a Java patch, IT administrators need to ensure that their OS X systems are not already compromised.

Several sites offer instructions on manual detection and removal of Flashback. Over at Macadmin, Patrick shows how you can use Absolute Manage to automate these steps.