Apple Security Alert Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: "Apple Security Alert" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Apple Security Alert from Mac?

What is Apple Security Alert?

Displayed by a malicious website, "Apple Security Alert" is a fake pop-up error similar to Apple Support Center - Attention!!, Apple Warning Alert, Critical Security Warning!, and many others. Users often visit this website inadvertently - they are redirected by variety of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Research shows that as well as causing redirects, rogue programs misuse computer resources, deliver malicious ads, and record various data.

Apple Security Alert scam

The "Apple Security Alert" error states that the system is infected and the user's account has been hacked. In addition, private information is at risk. Therefore, the user should immediately contact iOS Tech Support via a telephone number ("1-855-633-1666") provided. Certified technicians then supposedly guide users through the malware removal process. Note, however, that "Apple Security Alert" is fake and has nothing to do with Apple. Cyber criminals generate revenue by scaring and tricking unsuspecting users into paying for technical support that is not required. The malware simply does not exist. These people often demand remote access to the computer. They do this to stealthily modify system settings and/or install various malware. Criminals then claim to "find" additional issues/errors and offer their help for an additional fee. Therefore, never contact these people. "Apple Security Alert" can be removed by closing the web browser or rebooting the system. Be aware that fake error-displaying websites and potentially unwanted programs often misuse system resources to run unwanted processes (e.g., mining cryptocurrency) in the background. This behavior significantly diminishes system performance. Furthermore, potentially unwanted programs often deliver various 'malvertising' ads (pop-ups, coupons, banners, etc.) using various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying content. These ads might redirect to malicious websites and/or execute scripts designed to download/install malware - clicking them risks further computer infections. Potentially unwanted programs are also known to record various data types (e.g., IP addresses, URLs visited, search queries, keystrokes, etc.) that might contain personal details. This data is sold to third parties (mostly, for marketing purposes). Potentially unwanted programs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety. Therefore, uninstall all PUPs immediately.

As mentioned above, "Apple Security Alert" shares many similarities with dozens of other fake errors that also claim that the system is damaged. In fact, these errors are designed only to extort money from unsuspecting users. Potentially unwanted programs also share similarities. Most claim to enable 'useful functions' (e.g., increase download performance, remove viruses, optimize media files without diminishing quality, etc.), however, these false claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. PUPs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Only a small percentage of these apps enable the functionality promised - most cause redirects, diminish system performance, generate ads, and gather information.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

Some PUPs have official download websites, however, most are promoted using malicious ads together with a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, PUPs often infiltrate systems without permission, or users install them inadvertently, without their consent. Bundling is stealth installation of third party software together with regular (mostly, free) apps. Developers are aware that users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, they hide bundled apps within various sections (usually the "Custom/Advanced" settings) of these processes. By rushing, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Be very careful when browsing the Internet and especially when downloading/installing software. Most malicious ads appear genuine, however, they are distinguishable for their redirects - most lead to pornography, adult dating, gambling, survey, and other dubious sites. If you encounter such ads, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, closely study each download and installation step (including "Custom/Advanced" settings) and cancel all additionally-included programs. Note that third party download/installation tools are monetized by promoting malicious apps (the bundling method) and should, thus, never be used. Poor knowledge of these threats and rushing steps are the main reasons for computer infections - the key to safety is caution.

Text presented within "Apple Security Alert" pop-up:

Apple Security Alert- Warning iOS - Crash Report Suspicious Activity Detected

Error code: appdel001

Malicious application detected by apple scan and there has been a hacking alert on your account. Your personal and financial information is at risk major security issue.

Contact our iOS Tech Support for an immediate fix

+1-855-633-1666(Toll Free)!

Appearance of "Apple Security Alert" scam (GIF):

Appearance of

Text presented within this pop-up:

Virus Alert
Your device might be infected. Call the toll free number to resolve this problem 1-855-633-1666

Quick menu:

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

Potentially unwanted programs removal:

Remove PUP-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.


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Remove "apple security alert" 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.

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

"Apple Security Alert" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "apple security alert" 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 alert" 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 alert" 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.