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Apple Security Damaged Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: "Apple Security Damaged" virus
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Apple Security Damaged from Mac?

What is Apple Security Damaged?

"Apple Security Damaged" is a fake error message displayed by a malicious website that users often visit inadvertently - they are redirected by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Research shows that these PUPs usually infiltrate systems without consent ("bundling" method). As well as causing unwanted redirects, they deliver intrusive online advertisements and continually gather various information relating to web browsing activity.

Apple Security Damaged adware

"Apple Security Damaged" targets users with the Mac OS, claiming that a suspicious connection has been detected, personal information (logins/passwords, banking details, etc.) is at risk, and that Apple has blocked the Internet connection. The issue must be resolved immediately and, thus, users are encouraged to contact "certified technicians" via a telephone number ("+1-844-804-6074") provided. As mentioned above, however, the "Apple Security Damaged" error message is fake - merely an attempt to trick users into calling and paying for services that are not required. This message can be removed simply by closing the web browser. Be aware that potentially unwanted programs employ a "virtual layer" to generate pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar advertisements. This tool enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, the displayed ads often conceal underlying website content, significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. In addition, the ads can redirect to malicious websites and even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside is information tracking. Be aware that PUPs record geo-locations, Internet service provides (ISPs), Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, URLs visited, search queries, mouse/keyboard activity, and other similar information that might contain personal details. The data is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing private information. Thus, information tracking can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. All PUPs should be uninstalled immediately.

"Apple Security Damaged" shares many similarities with YahLover.worm Infection, Critical Security Warning!, Mac Malware Warning Alert !, and a number of other fake error messages. All claim that the system is damaged/infected in some way, however, these errors are designed only to scare victims and trick them into paying. In fact, PUPs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. By offering various 'useful features', they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, whereas they actually cause unwanted redirects, deliver intrusive online advertisements, and continually record various user/system information.

How did Apple Security Damaged install on my computer?

Cyber criminals proliferate PUPs by employing a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps. Many users rush the download and installation processes and skip steps. Aware of this, criminals hide bundled programs within the "Custom/Advanced" settings. By skipping this section, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

This situation can be prevented by taking two simple steps. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software - choose the "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully observe each step. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and cancel those already included. The key to computer safety is caution.

Text presented within "Apple Security Damaged" fake pop-up error:

A suspicious connection was trying to access your logins, banking details & tracking your internet activity and misuse your photos and your private data as well your device is not safe.anyone can be hack your apple device. Your tcp connection was blocked by apple. your accounts may be suspended until you take an action. Please contact apple certified technicians on the+1-844-804-6074 (toll free number) Your disk may have trojan virus! please do not try to fix manually, it may crash your data. Consequently, we are performing additional security checks to verify system security. Customer service: +1-844-804-6074 (toll-free) Immediate response required Please contact apple administration to rectify the issue. Please do not open internet browser for your security issue to avoid data corruption on your registery of your ios. please contact apple administration department at +1-844-804-6074 (toll-free) virus info: A trojan horse, or trojan, in computing is a non-self-replicating type of malware program containing malicious code that, when executed, carries out actions determined by the nature of the trojan, typically causing loss or theft of data, and possible system harm. the term is derived from the story of the wooden horse used to trick defenders of troy into taking concealed warriors into their city in ancient greece, because device trojans often employ a form of social engineering, presenting themselves as routine, useful, or interesting in order to persuade victims to install them on their device. A trojan often acts as a backdoor, contacting a controller which can then have unauthorized access to the affected device. the trojan and backdoors are not themselves easily detectable, but if they carry out significant computing or communications activity may cause the device to run noticeably slowly. malicious programs are classified as trojans if they do not attempt to inject themselves into other files (device virus) or otherwise propagate themselves (worm). A device may host a trojan via a malicious program a user is duped into executing files or browsing internet. Please contact apple administration department at +1-844-804-6074 (toll-free) The problem is caused by an unusual activity performed on this machine. Error code- S1L457. Call customer support number +1-844-804-6074 and share this code with the agent.

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Adware removal:

Remove Apple Security Damaged-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac adware removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select “Applications”. In the applications folder, look for “MPlayerX”,“NicePlayer”, or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove "apple security damaged" virus related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

"Apple Security Damaged" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "apple security damaged" virus related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove "apple security damaged" virus related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove "apple security damaged" virus related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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