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

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

How to remove "Spyware were found on your Mac" from Mac?

What is "Spyware were found on your Mac"?

"Spyware were found on your Mac" is a fake virus alert message that appears when visiting dubious/untrustworthy websites. People do not often visit these websites intentionally - they are redirected to them by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that infiltrate systems without permission, cause redirects to untrustworthy sites, deliver intrusive ads, and record user-system information.

Spyware were found on your Mac pop-up scam

As with most fake virus alert messages, "Spyware were found on your Mac" warns that the operating system is infected with three viruses: malware (2) and spyware (1). This message informs users that these viruses must be removed immediately, otherwise this situation could result in data loss and significant financial/privacy issues. To remove the viruses and repair other damage, users are encouraged to contact 'Apple Support' via a telephone number "+1-888-729-1278" provided. You are advised by the fake virus alert message not to ignore this message, otherwise your Mac will remain vulnerable, infected, and damaged. Note that this is a scam and Apple has nothing to do with it. Like most scams of this type, "Spyware were found on your Mac" is used to trick people into paying for dubious products and services. Since this is a scam and the virus alert is fake, we strongly recommend that you ignore it. If you cannot close the website that triggered this fake virus message, use Activity Monitor to terminate the entire browser process, or restart your Mac. Do not restore the previously-closed session, since this will only reopen the same website that led you to the "Spyware were found on your Mac" virus alert message in the first place.

PUAs that cause redirects to websites with fake virus alert messages (or other fake messages) also deliver advertisements such as banners, coupons, surveys, and so on. Clicking them often causes redirects to untrustworthy websites or execution of scripts that download and install other PUAs. These ads can be very annoying, since they are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, they conceal underlying content of visited websites. Another downside of PUAs is information tracking. PUAs record IP addresses, geo-locations, keystrokes, URLs of visited website, search queries and other data that might contain personal or sensitive information. PUA developers share the details with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. Thus, having data tracking apps (PUAs) installed might cause serious problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft.

Examples of the many similar fake messages available include Error FXX000, This Mac Computer Is BLOCKED, and Apple Support Alert. They might be addressing different "issues", however, all trick users into paying for bogus services and products provided by scammers. PUAs also share many similarities - most are promoted as proving 'useful' functions and tools, however, most are designed only to generate revenue for their developers rather than delivering the functionality promised.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most potentially unwanted applications have official websites from which they can be downloaded, however, they are usually installed through intrusive advertisements or when software developers use the "bundling" method. Bundling is a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into installing PUAs with other regular software. PUAs are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other options/settings of the installation processes. Developers often do not disclose information about the presence of PUAs properly. In addition, many users install software without studying the installation steps, and PUAs developers use this careless behaviour to their advantage.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent unintentional installation of PUAs, avoid using third party software downloaders, torrents and other similar software. The best option is to use official and trustworthy websites/sources. Check all available options (such as "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" etc.) and deselect offers to install additional software (such as potentially unwanted applications). Do not click intrusive ads, especially when visiting untrustworthy websites. Typically, these ads seem legitimate, but are usually rogue. If you encounter ads that cause redirects to a gambling, pornography, adult dating, or other similar websites, check installed extensions on your browser. Uninstall all unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons immediately. The same applies to the programs installed on your computer. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in "Spyware were found on your Mac" scam pop-up:

WARNING!
MAC OS is infected with Viruses and other malicious applications. Viruses must be removed and system damaged repaired. \n\nlt is necessary to Call Apple Support +1-888-729-1278 and follow Virus Removal procedure immediately, please proceed.

**If you leave this site your Mac OS will remain damaged and vulnerable**

Website displaying "Spyware were found on your Mac" pop-up:

Spyware were found on your Mac error-displaying website

Text presented on this site:

Your system is infected with (3) Viruses!

 

Your Mac OS X is infected with (3) Viruses. The pre-scan found traces of (2) malware and (1) phishing/spyware. System damage: 28.1% - Immediate removal required!

 

Please Call Apple Support +1-888-729-1278

 

The removal of (3) Viruses is required immediately to prevent further system damage, loss of Apps, Photos or other files.

 

Traces of (1) Phishing/Spyware were found on your Mac OS X. Personal and banking information are at risk.

 

Please Call Apple Support +1-888-729-1278

Appearance of "Spyware were found on your Mac" scam (GIF):

Appearance of 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 applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker 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 "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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "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 "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 "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.