Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses! POP-UP Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: "Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses!" virus
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses!" from Mac?

What is "Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses!"?

"Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses!" is a fake virus alert message that is displayed for MacOS users who visit untrustworthy and deceptive websites. In most cases, users do not visit these websites intentionally - potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) cause these redirects. PUAs are installed without direct permission, cause unwanted redirects, deliver intrusive ads, and record browsing-related and other data.

Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses! scam

The message in the "Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses!" pop-up window states that the Mac operating system is infected with a trojan virus (e.tre456_worm_osx) and immediate action is required. According to the claims, the system is infected with three viruses: two malware and one spyware infection. It goes on to state that if no action is taken, data such as apps, photos, and other files might be in danger and could be lost. The scammers behind this fake virus alert use it to promote software that, according to the message, will remove the viruses that were detected. At time of research, scammers promoted the Mac Cleanup Pro software. This is typical behaviour of scammers who use various fake messages. Generally, they claim to be 'technicians' (in this case, representatives of Apple) and either offer purchase of a product that will fix the problem (in this case, the virus infection) or attempt to trick people into paying for technical guidance or other services. Note that Apple has nothing to do with the "Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses!" virus alert. Do not download the software offered, and certainly do not pay for it. Ignore these fake alerts. Simply close the deceptive website and avoid returning to it in future. If it cannot be closed normally, use Activity Monitor and 'force quit' the entire browser. Do not restore the previous session.

PUAs mentioned in our introduction also deliver coupons, banners, and other similar intrusive ads. These are usually displayed via tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. When displayed, they conceal underlying content of visited websites. If clicked, they might redirect to untrustworthy websites or even execute scripts designed to download/install other unwanted apps. Another downside of PUAs is that they gather browsing-related and other data. Typically, these unwanted apps record IP addresses, keystrokes, search engines, URLs of visited websites and other similar data. They also collect personal or sensitive data that PUA developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, PUAs can cause various problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, or even identity theft.

There are many fake virus, error, and other similar alert messages online, including Your OS High Sierra Is Infected With (3) Viruses!, Your Computer Was Locked, Mac OS Support Alert, and so on. Generally, scammers use these alerts to trick people into paying for services or products that will supposedly solve the 'problem'. PUAs are promoted as 'useful tools', however, these are only attempts to trick people into downloading and installing rogue software. These apps provide none of the functionality promised and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some potentially unwanted applications can be found on their official websites and downloaded from there, however, in most cases PUAs are installed through intrusive ads, third party software downloaders/installers, or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Bundling is stealth installation of third party apps with regular (usually, free) software. Developers do not properly disclose information about the presence of bundled apps in installation set-ups - they hide them in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings (options) of the download/installation processes. Developers are aware that many users skip installation steps without checking these settings, and they use this behaviour to their advantage.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not use software downloaders, torrents or untrustworthy websites to download software. Use official websites or other sources, and direct links only. When installing, check all available "Advanced", "Custom" and other sections. Deselect unwanted offers (such as potentially unwanted programs) and only then finish the installation process. Be cautious when browsing the web and avoid clicking on intrusive ads. Most malicious advertisements seem legitimate, since developers invest time and money into their design, however, if clicked, they often redirect to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and other similar sites). If you encounter these ads, or redirects caused by them, check for unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your browser, or unwanted programs installed on your computer. Remove any unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of "Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses!" scam (GIF):

Appearance of Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses! scam (GIF)

Text presented in "Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses!" fake virus alert pop-up window:

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

We have detected a trojan virus (e.tre456_worm_osx) on your Mac.

Press OK to begin the repair process.

Text presented in "Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses!" fake virus alert website:

Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave is infected with 3 viruses!
Monday November 12, 2018 12:49 PM

Your Mac is infected with 3 viruses. Our security check found traces of 2 malware and 1 phishing/spyware. System damage: 28.1% - Immediate removal required!

The immediate removal of the viruses is required to prevent further system damage, loss of Apps, Photos or other files. Traces of 1 phishing/spyware were found on your Mac with OSX.

To avoid more damage click on 'Scan Now' immediately. Our deep scan will provide help immediately!

4 minute and 30 seconds remaining before damage is permanent.

Screenshot of the "Mac Cleanup Pro" app installer:

Mac Cleanup Pro app installer

Screenshot of the "Mac Cleanup Pro" app:

Mac Cleanup Pro potentially unwanted application

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted applications distributed using "Your MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses!" pop-up scam:

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 "your macos 10.14 mojave is infected with 3 viruses!" 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 MacOS 10.14 Mojave Is Infected With 3 Viruses!" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "your macos 10.14 mojave is infected with 3 viruses!" 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 macos 10.14 mojave is infected with 3 viruses!" 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 macos 10.14 mojave is infected with 3 viruses!" 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.