How to avoid redirects to mobileapplesecurity.com

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

How to stop redirects to mobileapplesecurity[.]com on Apple devices

What is mobileapplesecurity[.]com?

mobileapplesecurity[.]com is an untrustworthy, deceptive web page which targets mostly iPhone and iPad users. Note that mobileapplesecurity[.]com advertises an app called Web Security Checker designed to remove viruses that were supposedly detected by this website. In fact, the viruses are fake. Do not trust notifications of 'detected viruses' or other false messages displayed on websites such as mobileapplesecurity[.]com. In addition, do not trust any apps advertised through these sites. Browsers commonly open these untrustworthy websites due to potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on them (they are not opened intentionally by users).

mobileapplesecurity[.]com scam

When visited, mobileapplesecurity[.]com enables a pop-up window stating that it has found 39 viruses that will corrupt the SIM card, damage contacts, applications, photos, and other data. According to the text in the background, these viruses were installed through an adult website that the user had apparently visited earlier. Unless these viruses are removed immediately, it states that they will seriously damage the iPhone (or iPad). To remove them, visitors are encouraged to click the "Repair Now" button, which opens an App Store link. This is the download page of the Web Security Checker app, however, mobileapplesecurity[.]com might also be used to advertise other applications. Since Web Security Checker is available on the App Store, it is likely that this is a legitimate program, however, mobileapplesecurity[.]com is a scam website and cannot be trusted. Therefore, any apps advertised through it should not be trusted.

Potentially unwanted apps that open deceptive or untrustworthy websites usually collect details relating to users' browsing habits and display unwanted ads. PUAs target details such as users' IP addresses, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, geolocations, etc. Some PUAs might also be designed to record personal details. Developers share the information with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Furthermore, installed PUAs feed users with unwanted, intrusive advertisements. Typically, people who click them are redirected to untrustworthy websites (including pages such as mobileapplesecurity[.]com) or allow them to run scripts that download or even install other unwanted apps.

Threat Summary:
Name mobileapplesecurity.com pop-up
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim/strong> This page informs visitors that their devices are infected with a number of viruses.
Serving IP Address 157.230.152.172
Detection Names BitDefender (Malware), Fortinet (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Promoted Application Web Security Checker
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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Some examples of other websites similar to mobileapplesecurity[.]com include safari-protection[.]com, safetyvpn[.]net, and numberonevpn[.]com. These sites display notifications of 'detected issues' (viruses, errors, etc.) and encourage visitors to take immediate action. Typically, the sites invite visitors to download various applications (these should not be trusted). PUAs share many similarities. They are advertised as useful and legitimate apps, however, most do not operate as promised and simply cause users problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and so on.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

People often download and install PUAs accidentally/unintentionally when they click dubious, deceptive advertisements or when software developers use the "bundling" method to trick them. Developers include unwanted apps in the set-ups of other programs and present them as additional offers. Typically, these offers can be found in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" of various download/installation set-ups, however, many users download and install programs without checking or changing these settings. Leaving them unchanged gives PUAs permission to be downloaded and installed together with other regular software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

The safest way to download files or programs is to using official websites and direct links. Channels/sources or tools such as Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, third party downloaders, installers, etc., are often used to promote/distribute unwanted, potentially malicious applications. Download or installation set-ups often contain settings that include offers to download or install additional software. These offers should be dismissed before completing any download or installation. Furthermore, do not click intrusive advertisements, especially if they are shown on dubious websites. Examples of dubious websites are those relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. The ads usually lead to other untrustworthy websites or run scripts that cause download/installation of potentially unwanted or even malicious applications. To prevent browsers from causing redirects to untrustworthy pages and/or showing unwanted advertisements, uninstall unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons (browser apps) that are installed on the browser. The same should be applied to programs of this type that are 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 pop-up window displayed on mobileapplesecurity[.]com:

mobileapplesecurity.com pop-up window 

 Text in a 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 mobileapplesecurity[.]com page:

mobileapplesecurity[.]com main page

Text presented in this page (both 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 57 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 mobileapplesecurity[.]com scam website (GIF):

Appearance of mobileapplesecurity.com scam (GIF)

Web Security Checker download website:

Web Security Checker download page

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 mobileapplesecurity[.]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 mobileapplesecurity.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.

mobileapplesecurity.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mobileapplesecurity.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 mobileapplesecurity.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 mobileapplesecurity.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.

QR Code
mobileapplesecurity.com pop-up QR code
A QR code (Quick Response Code) is a machine-readable code which stores URLs and other information. This code can be read using a camera on a smartphone or a tablet. Scan this QR code to have an easy access removal guide of mobileapplesecurity.com pop-up on your mobile device.
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