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Stop browsers from opening apple-vpn-pro.com

Also Known As: apple-vpn-pro.com pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to avoid redirects to apple-vpn-pro[.]com on Apple devices

What is apple-vpn-pro[.]com?

apple-vpn-pro[.]com is a deceptive website that displays fake virus messages and encourages visitors to remove the 'detected viruses' with a specific application. At time of the research, apple-vpn-pro[.]com promoted the Web Security Checker application. Do not trust sites such as apple-vpn-pro[.]com or apps that are advertised through them. Note that apple-vpn-pro[.]com mostly targets iPad and iPhone users, however, Mac users are also being targeted. In any case, most people arrive at apple-vpn-pro[.]com unintentionally - they are usually redirected to websites of this type by potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) installed on their browsers or devices.

apple-vpn-pro[.]com scam

At first, apple-vpn-pro[.]com displays a pop-up window, a notification about 39 detected viruses that will supposedly corrupt the SIM card, damage contacts, photos, apps, and other data. The background page states that these viruses should be removed immediately, otherwise they will cause serious damage. To remove them, visitors are encouraged to tap or click the "Repair Now" button, which leads to a download page of Web Security Checker. The download page is an official App Store website, and thus it is likely that Web Security Checker is a legitimate application. In fact, software that is advertised through deceptive websites such as apple-vpn-pro[.]com should not be trusted.

Browsers are generally forced to open these dubious sites by PUAs installed on the browser or operating system. These apps usually display unwanted, intrusive advertisements and collect details relating to users. Typically, they display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. When clicked, the ads open untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or cause download/installation of unwanted applications. They also gather details such as users' IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, and other information that might include sensitive details. Developers share the data with third parties (possibly cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue.

Threat Summary:
Name apple-vpn-pro.com pop-up
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim According to this website, the user's Apple device is infected with a number of viruses.
Serving IP Address 157.230.152.172
Detection Names BitDefender (Malware), CyRadar (Malicious), Sophos AV (Malicious), Spamhaus (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Your Mac becomes 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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apple-vpn-pro[.]com is very similar to safari-protection[.]com, thevpnsafety[.]com, safetyvpn[.]net, and many other websites of this type. Most trick people into installing apps (often dubious) that supposedly remove detected viruses, fix errors, etc. Do not download apps from deceptive pages or trust information displayed on them. All PUAs are very similar - developers advertise them as useful, legitimate, and so on, however, after installation, they do not operate as promised and simply put users at risk of identity theft, problems with privacy, browsing safety, and other issues.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Generally, people do not download and/or install unwanted apps intentionally. They cause this by clicking deceptive ads or when they download or install other programs without checking the set-ups. Developers commonly distribute unwanted apps by including them in the download or installation set-ups of other software - offers to download or install additional applications are usually hidden in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Unfortunately, not all people check these settings and leave them unchanged. In doing so, they unintentionally allow PUAs to be downloaded or installed with regular software by default.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Programs and files should be downloaded from official websites and via direct download links. Other sources such as unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, etc.), third party downloaders and other similar channels are often used to promote unwanted apps. Furthermore, it is important to check all settings/options that are available in various set-ups and deselect offers to download or install additional software. Intrusive ads that are displayed on untrustworthy, unofficial websites should not be clicked. They usually cause redirects to other dubious websites or unwanted downloads/installations. If the browser displays unwanted advertisements and/or opens untrustworthy websites, remove all unwanted, and dubious apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) installed on it. Also apply this to programs of this type installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of the apple-vpn-pro[.]com pop-up window:

apple-vpn-pro.com pop-up message

Text in this pop-up:

ATTENTION - Viruses found!
Your Apple is severely damaged by (39) viruses! Soon your Apple SIM card will be corrupt and it will damage your contacts, photos, data, applications, etc..

Screenshot of the main apple-vpn-pro[.]com page:

apple-vpn-pro.com backrgound page

Text presented in this page (mobile and desktop version):

Your iPhone is severly damaged by (39) viruses
We've noticed that your Apple is 28.1% Damaged by (30) harmful viruses from recent adult sites. It will soon corrupt your iPhone's SIM card and damage your contacts, photos, data, and applications.
4 minutes and 43 seconds
If you don't remove the virus now, it will cause serious damage to your iPhone. Here's what you need to do (step by step):

Step 1: Tap and install Web Security for free on the App Store!

Step 2: Open the application to speed up and fix your browser now!
Repair Now

Appearance of apple-vpn-pro[.]com scam (GIF):

Appearance of apple-vpn-pro.com scam (GIF)

Web Security Checker download page:

Web Security Checker download website

To enable pop-up blocking, fraudulent website warnings, and remove web browsing data in mobile Apple devices, follow these steps:

First, go to "Settings", and then scroll down to find and tap "Safari".

remove pop-ups and clear cache step 1

Check if the "Block Pop-ups" and "Fraudulent Website Warning" toggles are enabled. If not, enable them immediately. Then, scroll down and tap "Advanced".

disable pop-ups and clear cache step 2

Tap "Website Data" and then "Remove All Website Data".

disable pop-ups and clear cache step 3

Video presenting apple-vpn-pro[.]com scam website and showing how to clean web browsing data:

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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 apple-vpn-pro.com pop-up 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

apple-vpn-pro.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove apple-vpn-pro.com pop-up 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 apple-vpn-pro.com pop-up 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 apple-vpn-pro.com pop-up 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.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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