This page aims to help you remove Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus on Mac. These Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome and Firefox as well as every version of Mac and Windows.
Are you worried by the security warnings about a virus, seemingly sent by Apple? This article aims to clarify these Apple security virus alerts and it will also provide instructions on how to stop them.
What you have encountered is one of the numerous scams related to Apple products tech support. Let’s make one thing clear right away – these Apple security warning/alerts about a virus are not real, they are fake. In fact it is safe to say that you are dealing with a form of an Adware computer virus and this is the only reason you are encountering this stuff.
What is the Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus on Mac?
As we briefly mentioned above you are dealing with a false warning or a downright scam. You may encounter different variants of the Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus. One might “simply” implore you to clink on it as shown on the picture above. You should definitely not do that as this is not a legitimate warning and if you indeed “begin the repair process” you will be essentially giving your permission for more malicious content to be downloaded and installed on your computer. This is a typical Adware ruse. You might also encounter a different type of Apple virus alerts – “Warning, Virus has been injected into your device”, “Critical Security Warning”, “System Security at Risk” or something similar. Very often there will be a phone number posted inside the security warning and encouragement that you should call this “support line”. You should definitely not do that, Apple support would never use this type of virus alerts. Under no circumstances should you call the phone numbers and the absolutely worst thing you could possible do if you call the number is to grant remote access permission to the so called “technicians”. The scam warnings might appear quite real, even including your personal IP address and the specific icon of the browser you are currently using, but do not be fooled by this.
Why is it that you receive the Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus messages on Mac?
There are a number of possible reasons why you have Adware on your computer. We are going to list the most common ones and there is a high chance you were infected in a similar way.
- E-mails and more accurately the files attached to e-mails. Always be very careful with messages in your inbox containing attachments. It is quite possible that even a seemingly legitimate sender’s email might contain dangerous files. This would represent the so called phishing scam. In any case you should definitely carefully review and scan any attachments before downloading them and once again before actually opening/running them.
- Torrent downloads and any other forms of file sharing services. If you are keen on downloading files from torrent or file-sharing websites you might want to rethink that. Very often you might end up with a computer virus as the overall level of control over the uploaded files is fairly poor. At the very least you should definitely thoroughly scan any downloads from unofficial sources before doing anything else.
- Software bundles. One of the main culprits for Adware spreading. Usually together with the free program or tool you’ve downloaded and want to install there’s additional programs “hidden” in the “Advanced” installations options. This is quite the common practice with the purpose being additional funds for the creators of the free software. Sometimes the added software would be harmless but more often than not you will have installed something malicious involuntarily. The only remedy – review carefully all installation options before beginning the actual installation.
|Name||Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus|
|Symptoms||Threatening and misleading messages appear constantly while you are browsing.|
|Distribution Method||Bundle software installations, e-mails, torrent websites.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs and check MS Config.
3: Check your hosts file and domain network for being hacked.
4:Remove Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
5: Remove Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Remove the virus from Regedit.
Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus Removal (Mac and Windows)
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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- Do not skip this – Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.
In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like the picture below. If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a Domain Network (check here if you don’t know what that is), contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
IMPORTANT! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
It is very important to stop here and review your options. Please be advised that the last part of our removal guide should be considered somewhat harder and trickier, especially for users with no previous dealings with manual malware removal. As a result any mistake might have severe and sometimes irreversible device changing consequences. You should only continue if you are prepared to take such risks. On any other account you should seriously consider an alternative solution. We recommend downloading and installing a professional software to battle the effects of the Apple Security Warning/Alert Virus.
Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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