VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE POP-UP Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: "VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE" virus
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE" from Mac?

What is "VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE"?

"VIRUS ALERT TO APPLE" is another fake error message delivered by various rogue websites. As a rule, users visit these sites inadvertently - they are redirected by unwanted applications (PUAs) or intrusive advertisements displayed on other deceptive sites. Research shows that unwanted apps typically infiltrate systems without permission and, as well as causing redirects, deliver rogue ads and gather information relating to browsing activity.

VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE scam

This error message states that the system has been blocked due to the following reasons: the Mac registration key is illegal; pirated software being is used; the computer is proliferating viruses; the system is hacked or being used from an undefined location. The rogue site is also designed to automatically download a file called "This is a VIRUS.You computer is blocked". The file is continually re-downloaded the entire time users visit the website. Fortunately, this file is harmless and you can delete it without worrying. The error message encourages users to contact Apple's tech support via a telephone number ("+86672265620") provided. "Certified technicians" then supposedly resolve all issues. Be aware, however, that the "VIRUS ALERT TO APPLE" error is fake and Apple is certainly not involved in this scam. Cyber criminals generate revenue by scaring and tricking gullible users into calling the aforementioned telephone number and paying for services that are not needed. Therefore, ignore "VIRUS ALERT TO APPLE" and never attempt to call the aforementioned telephone number. You can remove this error simply by leaving the deceptive site. Note that some rogue sites employ scripts that disable closing of browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, terminate the browser using Activity Monitor or simply reboot the system. Do not restore previous browsing session, otherwise malicious sites are reopened.

Potentially unwanted applications gather various information about browsing activity. The list of collected data types typically includes (but is not limited to) keystrokes, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and geo-locations. Recorded data usually contains personal information that is shared with third parties and misused to generate revenue. Therefore, having data-tracking apps installed on your computer might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Unwanted apps are also notorious for displaying intrusive advertisements. They deliver coupon, banner, pop-up, and other similar ads using tools (e.g., "virtual layers") that enable placement of third party graphical content on any visited site. Therefore, they conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, intrusive ads redirect to malicious websites and run scripts that download/install unwanted apps (or even high-risk viruses). Clicking them is risky and can result in computer infections. All potentially unwanted applications should be uninstalled immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name"VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE" virus
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Many fake errors are virtually identical to "VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE" including, for example, "Your Computer Is Permanently Blocked", "Your Registration Key Is Blocked", "Your Mac Might Be Infected!", "The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required", and so on. They claim that the system is damaged (e.g., infected, missing files, or similar), however, errors such as "VIRUS ALERT TO APPLE" are designed only to extort money from unsuspecting users. Potentially unwanted applications also share many similarities. By offering "useful features", they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install, however, unwanted apps typically have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Most cause unwanted redirects, gather sensitive information, and deliver intrusive ads, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing direct threat to your privacy and browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In some cases, potentially unwanted applications have official download websites, however, as mentioned above, most infiltrate systems without permission. Developers proliferate them via the aforementioned intrusive ads and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of unwanted apps together with regular software. Developers are not honest enough to disclose installation of unwanted apps properly, and thus most are concealed within various sections (most likely "Custom" or "Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users click advertisements and skip download/installation steps - behavior that often leads to inadvertent installation of unwanted apps. In this way, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

User are often responsible for system infections - lack of knowledge and careless behavior leads to problems. Caution is the key to computer safety. To prevent unwanted installations, be very cautious when browsing the internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes and cancel offers to download/install additional applications. Opt-out of third party software and decline offers to download/install them. We recommend that you avoid using third party downloaders, since developers monetize them by promoting rogue software. Software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Intrusive ads often seem legitimate, but they often redirect to dubious websites (gambling, pornography, and so on). If you experience these ads, check the list of installed programs/browser plug-ins and eliminate any suspicious entries. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate the.

Text presented within "VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE" pop-up:

VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE
This computer is BLOCKED
Do not close this window and restart your computer
Your computer's registration key is Blocked.
Why we blocked your computer?
The mac's registration key is illegal.
This mac is using pirated software.
This mac is sending virus over the internet.
This mac is hacked or used from undefined location.
We block this computer for your security.
Contact apple helpline to reactivate your computer.

BLOCKED

Apple Support Alert
Your System Detected Some unusual Activity
It might harm your computer data and track your financial activities.
Please report this activity to +86672265620

Appearance of "VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE" scam (GIF):

Appearance of VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE scam (GIF)

"VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE" pop-up-displaying websites continually download a file called "This is a VIRUS.You computer is blocked":

VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE scam downloading files

Another variant of "VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE" pop-up scam (the text in pop-up slightly differs and cyber criminals use different telephone number):

VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE sample 2

Text presented in the pop-up:

VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE

This Mac computer is BLOCKED

Do not close this warning or restart your Mac
Why we blocked your Mac Computer?
The Mac's registration key is illegal.
This Mac is using pirated software.
This Mac is sending virus over the Internet.
This Mac is hacked or used from undefined location.
We block this Mac for your security.
Contact Apple helpline to reactivate your Mac.

Text presented in the background:

Apple Support Alert

Your System Detected Some Unusual Activity.

It might harm your Mac's data and track your financial activities.

Please report this activity to +1-855-550-6155

Appearance of this "VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE" pop-up scam variant (GIF):

VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE sample 2 (GIF)

 

Instant automatic removal of VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE 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 VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove rogue applications that display "VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE" pop-up using Combo Cleaner:

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 "virus alert from apple" 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

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 ALERT FROM APPLE" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "virus alert from apple" 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 alert from apple" 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 alert from apple" 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.