Your Mac Is Heavily Damaged! (33.2%) POP-UP Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: "Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%)" virus
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%)" from Mac?

What is "Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%)"?

"Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%)" is a typical scam (fake virus alert) that is distributed through a deceptive, dubious website. The main purpose of this scam is to trick people into downloading a potentially unwanted application (PUA) called Mac-Tweak-Pro by displaying fake notifications about 'detected' viruses/infections. Typically, people do not visit websites of this type intentionally - they are redirected to them by other installed PUAs. In addition to unwanted redirects, these apps often feed users with intrusive advertisements and gather information.

Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%) scam

This deceptive website displays a pop-up window informing users that immediate action is required. It states that a website has detected a trojan virus (e.tre456_worm_osx) and encourages users to remove it. A website behind this pop-up informs visitors that their Mac computers are infected with three viruses: two malware infections and one phishing/spyware computer infection. To avoid further system damage (data loss), which according to this website is already 28.1%, these infections must be removed immediately. It is also stated that personal and banking information is at risk as. All visitors to this website are urged to scan their computers by clicking the "Scan Now" button within five minutes, otherwise detected viruses will cause permanent damage. Once the button is clicked, this website begins a fake scan that (when complete) states that the Mac computer is heavily damaged (33.2%). It states that it has detected Tapsnake, CronDNS, and Dubfishicv viruses and encourages users to download Advanced Mac Cleaner. In fact, when the "REMOVE VIRUSES NOW" button is clicked, it downloads the aforementioned Mac-Tweak-Pro app. No tools promoted using untrustworthy websites should not be downloaded, installed, or used.

Potentially unwanted apps cause redirects to dubious websites, deliver intrusive advertisements, and collect data. They feed users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other intrusive ads that are usually displayed on any visited website. Generally, they conceal website contents and, when clicked, open other untrustworthy pages. Some might contain malicious content. Furthermore, intrusive ads (if clicked) can download and install even more unwanted apps. Another issue with PUAs is information tracking. They often gather entered search queries, IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, and so on. Some might also record personal information. PUAs developers continually share the data with other parties (potentially also cyber criminals). These third parties misuse the information to generate revenue. People with unwanted apps installed on their system can experience problems relating to browsing safety and privacy. In some cases, even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name "Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%)" virus
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Symptoms Your Mac is slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

To eliminate Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%) virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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Scammers use various deceptive websites to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs. The "Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%)" scam is similar to "Mac OS X Is Infected (4) By Viruses", "Apple.com-clean-os.live", "Your OSX 10.11 El Capitan Is Infected With 3 Viruses!", and many others. Websites that are used to promote scams might seem legitimate, however, they should not be trusted and the software should never be downloaded from them.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Unintentional downloads and installations of PUAs often happen when people click dubious, intrusive advertisements or download and install software. Developers commonly trick people into causing unintentional downloads and installations (together with regular software) using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Typically, they hide information about the inclusion (bundling) of additionally-included apps in software download/installation settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Furthermore, many people cause unintentional downloads and installations when they leave settings unchecked and unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download and install software carefully using official, trustworthy sources and direct links only. Avoid untrustworthy, unofficial websites, third party downloaders/installers and other such tools. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings when installing or downloading software. Deselect offers to install unwanted apps and only then finish the installation or download. Avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, especially on untrustworthy websites. If you encounter ads that redirect you to gambling, adult dating and other untrustworthy websites, check your browser for unwanted, unknown extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins, and remove them immediately. Also check the list of installed programs installed on the operating system and uninstall any unwanted/unknown entries. 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 a pop-up window displayed on this deceptive website:

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
We have detected a trojan virus (e.tre456_worm_osx) on your Mac.
Press OK to begin the repair process.

Screenshot of a deceptive website encouraging to scan systems for viruses:

deceptive website encouraging to perform a fake virus scan

Text presented in this page:

AppleCare Protection Plan
Your system is infected with 3 viruses! Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:53 AM
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 MacOS 10.14 Mojave.
Personal and banking information is at risk.
To avoid more damage click on 'Scan Now' immediately. Our deep scan will provide help immediately!
4 minute and 32 seconds remaining before damage is permanent.

Screenshot of fake results (viruses) detected by deceptive website:

fake results generated by deceptive website

Text presented in this page:

Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%)
Please download the Advanced Mac Cleaner application to remove 3 Viruses from your Mac.
VIRUS INFORMATION

Virus Name: Tapsnake; CronDNS; Dubfishicv
Risk: HIGH
Infected Files: /os/apps/hidden/os-component/X/snake.icv; /os/local/conf/keyboard/retype.icv...
REMOVE VIRUSES NOW
VIRUS REMOVAL

Application: Advanced Mac Cleaner
Rating: 9.9/10
Price: Free

Appearance of "Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%)" scam (GIF):

Appearance of Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%) scam (GIF)

Screenshot of Mac-Tweak-Pro potentially unwanted application:

mac tweak pro potentially unwanted application

Instant automatic removal of Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%) 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 is heavily damaged! (33.2%) virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted applications promoted via "Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%)" pop-up using Combo Cleaner:

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 mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%)" 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.

"Your Mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%)" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "your mac is heavily damaged! (33.2%)" 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 is heavily damaged! (33.2%)" 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 is heavily damaged! (33.2%)" 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.