Phishing/Spyware Were Found On Your Mac POP-UP Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: "Phishing/Spyware were found on your Mac" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Phishing/Spyware Were Found On Your Mac from Mac?

What is Phishing/Spyware Were Found On Your Mac?

"Phishing/Spyware Were Found On Your Mac" is a fake error message similar to You Mac May Be Infected By A Virus!, Critical System Error: x679Qs5m, and many others. It is delivered by various rogue websites that users often visit inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or intrusive ads generated by other rogue sites. Research shows that many PUPs infiltrate systems without users' consent. As well as causing redirects, they deliver intrusive advertisements and gather sensitive information

Phishing/Spyware Were Found On Your Mac scam

This error message states that the system is infected and malware must be eliminated immediately. Users are encouraged to contact Apple 'tech support' via a telephone number ("+1-855-634-6777") provided. This is a scam. "Phishing/Spyware Were Found On Your Mac" is fake and Apple has nothing to do with it. Cyber criminals generate revenue by tricking gullible users into calling fake tech support and paying for services that are not needed - the computer is probably optimized and virus free. Therefore, ignore the "Phishing/Spyware Were Found On Your Mac" error. It can be removed simply by closing the malicious website, however, note that some of these sites employ scripts that prevent users from closing browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, close the browser using Windows Task Manager or simply reboot the system. After re-running the browser, do not restore the previous session, otherwise you will reopen the malicious sites.

Potentially unwanted programs deliver various intrusive advertisements, such as coupons, banners, pop-ups, and so on. These are delivered using tools (e.g., "virtual layers") that enable placement of third party graphical content on any visited website. Therefore, they often conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, intrusive advertisements can redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that download/install malware. Clicking them risks various computer infections. Another important issue is data tracking. Research shows that potentially unwanted programs are likely to record information relating to browsing habits. Collected data (IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, keystrokes, and so on) typically includes personal information that PUP developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people generate revenue by misusing sensitive information. Therefore, data tracking might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall all potentially unwanted programs immediately.

As mentioned above, "Phishing/Spyware Were Found On Your Mac" shares many similarities with dozens of other fake errors. All claim that the system is infected, missing files or damaged in other similar ways, however, these false claims are merely attempts to extort money from unsuspecting users. PUPs are also known to have many similarities. By offering "useful features", they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, potentially unwanted programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

Although some PUPs have official download websites, most infiltrate systems without users' consent, since developers proliferate them using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Developers are not honest enough to adequately disclose PUP installations. Therefore, most are hidden within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users are likely to skip these steps and click advertisements - behavior that often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs. In this way, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent system infiltration by PUPs, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design. In fact, they often lead to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.) If you encounter such ads, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs. Opt-out of all additionally-included software and decline offers to download/install it. You are advised to download programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue programs, and thus these tools should not be used. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with PUPs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in "Phishing/Spyware Were Found On Your Mac" error:

WARNING!
MAC OS is infected with Spyware and other malicious applications.
Spyware must be removed and system damage repaired. It is necessary to Call Apple Support +1-855-635-6777 and follow Virus removal procedure immediately, please proceed.

** If you leave this site your Mac OS will remain damaged and vulnerable**
Traces of (1) Phishing/Spyware were found on your Mac OS X. Personal and banking information are at risk.
Please Call Apple Support +1-855-634-6777

Appearance of "Phishing/Spyware Were Found On Your Mac" scam (GIF):

Appearance of Phishing/Spyware Were Found On Your Mac scam (GIF)

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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 "phishing/spyware were found on your mac" 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

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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.

"Phishing/Spyware were found on your Mac" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "phishing/spyware were found on your mac" 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 "phishing/spyware were found on your mac" 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 "phishing/spyware were found on your mac" 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.