Your Mac Might Be Infected! POP-UP Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: "Your Mac Might Be Infected!" virus
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "Your Mac Might Be Infected!" from Mac?

What is "Your Mac Might Be Infected!"?

"Your Mac Might Be Infected!" is a fake error message similar to "AppleCare Protection Plan", "Found 4 Virus", and many others. Users typically encounter this error when visiting deceptive websites. In most cases, they visit such these sites inadvertently, since they are redirected by intrusive advertisements (delivered by other rogue websites) or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), which often infiltrate systems without permission. As well as causing redirects, unwanted apps  gather information and deliver various ads.

Your Mac Might Be Infected! scam

This error message essentially performs a fake system scan and delivers a message stating that the system is infected. Users are encouraged to immediately remove detected malware by downloading and installing the Advanced Mac Cleaner application. Be aware, however, that "Your Mac Might Be Infected!" error is fake and your computer is likely to be safe and virus-free. These errors are used to promote dubious applications (in this case, Advanced Mac Cleaner). After downloading and installing this application, users are able to perform a 'full system scan', however, to remove supposed malware, users must pay for the 'full version' of Advanced Mac Cleaner. Therefore, ignore the "Your Mac Might Be Infected!" message and do not download/install the associated app. If you have already done so, remove it immediately. The "Your Mac Might Be Infected!" error can be removed simply by closing the deceptive website. If you are unable to do this, terminate the browser using Windows Task Manager or simply reboot the system. Do not restore the previous browsing session, otherwise the malicious websites are re-opened.

As mentioned above, potentially unwanted applications record various user-system information relating to browsing activity. Recorded data (IP addresses website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and so on) usually includes personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, having information-tracking apps installed on your computer might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Another significant downside is display of intrusive advertisements. To deliver coupons, banners, pop-ups, and other similar ads, developers employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, the ads often conceal visited website content, thereby diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, they can redirect to malicious websites and run scripts that download and install malware. Therefore, even a single click might result in a computer infections. You are advised to eliminate all potentially unwanted applications immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name "Your Mac Might Be Infected!" POP-UP Scam
Threat Type POP-UP Scam, Fake Error Message, Mac Virus
Domains Related To This Scam lp.maccaretools.co, lp.pawmacutils.club, lp.qbitfixer.xyz, lp.qbitspeedutils.live, lp.techysystools.co, lp.tunesys.live, lp.tunesysfast.club
Detection Names (lp.maccaretools.co) BitDefender (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address (lp.maccaretools.co) 69.162.126.230
Sibling Domains (lp.maccaretools.co) dl.maccaretools.co, secure.maccaretools.co, www.maccaretools.co
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites, you notice presence of unwanted/questionable applications.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads, rogue websites, potentially unwanted applications.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information, installation of unwanted apps, financial losses.
Removal

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"Your Mac Might Be Infected!" shares many similarities with dozens of other fake errors. All claim that the system is damaged, however, these errors typically promote paid software and encourage users to contact fake 'tech support' and pay for services that are not needed. Potentially unwanted applications have many similarities. Most offer "useful functionality", but few provide the functions promised. In most cases, they cause unwanted redirects, deliver ads, and record information.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some PUAs have official download/promotion websites, however, in most cases, they infiltrate systems without permission, since developers proliferate them using the aforementioned intrusive ads and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of unwanted programs together with regular software. Developers are not honest enough to adequately disclose this information, and thus hide "bundled" applications within "Custom/Advanced" programs or other sections of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users often rush download/installation processes and skip steps. In addition, they click advertisements without understanding the possible consequences. This behavior leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Study each step of the download/installation processes and opt-out of additionally-included applications. Software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue applications, and thus such tools should never be used. Furthermore, bear in mind that intrusive ads usually seem legitimate, but they often redirect to dubious sites (gambling, adult dating, and so on). If you experience these redirects, uninstall all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior - the key to safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in "Your Mac Might Be Infected!" scam:

Your Mac Might Be Infected!
OS version: Mojave
Country:
IP Address:
Attention:Your Mac might be infected by the latest viruses. If you do not remove them, they
may damage your system files and slow down your internet browsing speed.
HOW TO REMOVE:
Step 1: Click on the button below to download now and install Advanced Mac Cleaner
Step 2: Run Advanced Mac Cleaner and remove all potential viruses immediately.
NO Adware, Spyware or Malware

Other pages of the website that displays "Your Mac Might Be Infected!" scam:

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Appearance of "Your Mac Might Be Infected!" scam (GIF):

Appearance of Your Mac Might Be Infected! scam (GIF)

Screenshot of Advanced Mac Cleaner application:

Advanced Mac Cleaner unwanted app

Instant automatic removal of Your Mac Might Be Infected! virus: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Your Mac Might Be Infected! virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

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

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove 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 "your mac might be infected!" 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.

"Your Mac Might Be Infected!" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "your mac might be infected!" 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 "your mac might be infected!" 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 "your mac might be infected!" 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.