Virus Found Apple Message POP-UP Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: "Virus Found Apple Message" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Virus Found Apple Message from Mac?

What is Virus Found Apple Message?

"Virus Found Apple Message" is a fake error message similar to Virus Found, We Have Detected A Trojan Virus, Bankworm Virus, and many others. It is displayed by various rogue websites that users typically visit inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or intrusive advertisements delivered by other deceptive sites. Many PUPs infiltrate the system without permission. As well as causing redirects, they often deliver intrusive advertisements and gather sensitive information.

Virus Found Apple Message scam

The error message states that the system is infected with a type of virus that must be eliminated immediately. To achieve this, users are encouraged to download a system optimization/anti-virus tool. In most cases, pop-ups such as "Virus Found Apple Message" promote MacKeeper and Advanced Mac Cleaner. After scanning the system with these fake optimization tools, users are presented with many "existing" infections/threats. Free versions are supposedly incapable of resolving the issues listed and, therefore, users are encouraged to purchase the 'full version'. Be aware, however, that this is a scam. Firstly, errors such as "Virus Found Apple Message" are fake - they are used to trick users into downloading potentially unwanted programs. In addition, the error lists displayed by these PUPs are also false. Cyber criminals generate revenue by scaring and tricking gullible users into purchasing full versions, which merely clear the false list. Therefore, these potentially unwanted programs give no real value for regular users - they do not optimize/clean the system or protect it from infections. For these reasons, ignore errors such as "Virus Found Apple Message" and never purchase the 'full versions' of promoted apps. These fake errors can be removed simply by closing the web browser. In some cases, however, rogue sites employ scripts that prevent users from closing browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, terminate the browser using Task Manager or reboot the system. After re-running the browser, do not restore the previous session, otherwise you will end up returning to the malicious site/s.

As mentioned above, potentially unwanted programs deliver various intrusive advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ various tools (e.g., "virtual layers") that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, intrusive advertisements often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, intrusive ads might redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that stealthily download/install other PUPs or malware. Therefore, even a single accidental click can result in high-risk computer infections. Be aware that intrusive advertisements often gather information such as IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and similar. Collected data usually includes personal details. After recording this information, developers share it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing private details. Therefore, the presence of information-tracking app(s) can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. All potentially unwanted programs must be uninstalled immediately.

There are many fake errors such as "Virus Found Apple Message". All claim that the system is infected, missing files, or damaged in other similar ways, however, these claims are merely attempts to trick gullible users into downloading various PUPs or calling fake 'tech support' and paying for services that are not required. Potentially unwanted programs are all very similar. By offering "useful features", they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and deliver no real value for regular users. PUPs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

Some PUPs have official download websites, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, PUPs typically infiltrate systems without permission. They are typically proliferated using the "bundling" method and intrusive advertisements. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs together with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" programs within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Many users are likely to rush these procedures and skip steps. In addition, they often click advertisements without understanding the possible consequences. This behavior can lead to inadvertent installation of PUPs - users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate. Once clicked, however, they redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious websites. If you experience these redirects, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes. Opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. You are also advised to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since developers monetize them by promoting PUPs (the "bundling" method). Software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links.

Text presented within "Virus Found Apple Message" pop-up:

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
We have detected a trojan virus (e.tre456_worm_osx) on your Mac. Press OK to begin the repair process.

Another fake error that promotes potentially unwanted programs:

Mac OS targeting fake error that promotes PUPs

Text presented in this pop-up:

WARNING!
The last website you visited has infected your computer with a virus.
Click OK to begin the repair process.
**If you leave this site your computer will remain damaged and vulnerable**

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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.

Remove "virus found apple message" 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.

"Virus Found Apple Message" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "virus found apple message" 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 "virus found apple message" 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 "virus found apple message" 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.