What is your-mac-security-analysis[.]net?
your-mac-security-analysis[.]net is an untrustworthy, deceptive website designed to trick people into installing a rogue app called Cleanup My Mac. To achieve this, your-mac-security-analysis[.]net displays a fake message/notification stating that the computer is infected with viruses and that the aforementioned app can remove them.
Do not download or install apps that are promoted through deceptive web pages. Some are used to trick people into installing malware. Few people visit websites such as your-mac-security-analysis[.]net intentionally - they are usually redirected to them by potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) already installed on the browser or operating system.
Once opened, your-mac-security-analysis[.]net displays a pop-up window stating that the website has detected a trojan virus named "e.tre456_worm_osx" on the Mac computer. It encourages visitors to take immediate action. The main your-mac-security-analysis[.]net website is disguised as an official Apple page.
It states that the system is infected with three viruses: two categorized as malware, and one as phishing/spyware. To avoid any further system damage (loss of photos, apps and other data, or having banking and personal details stolen), visitors can supposedly scan their systems by clicking the "Scan Now" button.
If clicked, this button launches a fake scanner that detects fake viruses such as CronDNS, Tapsnake, and Dubfishicv. To remove them, visitors are encouraged to click "REMOVE VIRUSES NOW", which downloads maccleaner.pkg, an installation file from the Cleanup My Mac application.
In fact, research shows that this file is used to distribute and install other dubious, unwanted apps. Do not believe any information provided on your-mac-security-analysis[.]net (or other similar sites) or trust apps advertised on them.
Sites such as your-mac-security-analysis[.]net are often opened by PUAs installed on the system. These apps display intrusive ads and gather user information. They display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so. When clicked, these ads redirect to untrustworthy websites or download or install other unwanted applications.
Furthermore, most PUAs collect browsing-related data as such IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations and sometimes other, personal data. Developers share the data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue.
To avoid unwanted downloads, installations, problems with privacy, browsing safety or even identity theft, we recommend that you uninstall all PUAs immediately.
|Threat Type||Mac malware, Mac virus|
|Fake Claim||According to this website, the visitor's computer is infected with viruses.|
|Promoted Unwanted Application||Cleanup My Mac|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your Mac with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Examples of other untrustworthy websites that are designed to trick people into downloading and installing dubious apps are apple.com-clean-mac[.]website, apple.com-scan-mac[.]xyz, and apple.com-mac-optimizer[.]xyz. No matter what apps they advertise, none can be trusted.
PUAs that cause redirects to these deceptive sites are generally very similar. Most people install them accidentally. Once installed, they cause unwanted redirects, collect data, and/or display advertisements.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Most users download or install PUAs through intrusive advertisements or when they are included in the set-ups of other (usually free) software. Promoting PUAs by including them into set-ups is a marketing method known as "bundling".
Developers often successfully trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps by hiding them in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar options/settings of download or installation set-ups.
Furthermore, many users download/install programs without checking settings included in the set-ups, thereby unintentionally allowing PUAs to be downloaded or installed through the set-ups of other software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Download software from official sources (websites) and avoid using third party software downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule) and other similar channels. Check all "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings/options that are available in any setup and deselect offers to download or install unwanted applications.
Typically, these apps are presented as extra offers. If clicked, most intrusive ads redirect to untrustworthy websites. In some cases, they cause unwanted downloads/installations. For this reason, do not to trust ads of this kind, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites.
If you experience unwanted ads or redirects, uninstall all unwanted or suspicious programs from the operating system, and extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins from the browser. Then check if the problem persists. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.
Text in the your-mac-security-analysis[.]net pop-up:
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 the main your-mac-security-analysis[.]net page:
Text in this page:
Your system is infected with 3 viruses! Monday, September 23, 2019 11:04 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 scan results:
Text 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 Name: Tapsnake; CronDNS; Dubfishicv
Infected Files: /os/apps/hidden/os-component/X/snake.icv; /os/local/conf/keyboard/retype.icv...
REMOVE VIRUSES NOW
Application: Advanced Mac Cleaner
Appearance of your-mac-security-analysis[.]net scam (GIF):
Screenshot of the Cleanup My Mac app installer:
Cleanup My Mac application:
Instant automatic Mac malware removal:
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- What is your-mac-security-analysis.net pop-up?
- How to identify a pop-up scam?
- How do pop-up scams work?
- How to remove fake pop-ups?
- How to prevent fake pop-ups?
- What to do if you fell for a pop-up scam?
How to identify a pop-up scam?
Pop-up windows with various fake messages are a common type of lures cybercriminals use. They collect sensitive personal data, trick Internet users into calling fake tech support numbers, subscribe to useless online services, invest in shady cryptocurrency schemes, etc.
While in the majority of cases these pop-ups don't infect users' devices with malware, they can cause direct monetary loss or could result in identity theft.
Cybercriminals strive to create their rogue pop-up windows to look trustworthy, however, scams typically have the following characteristics:
- Spelling mistakes and non-professional images - Closely inspect the information displayed in a pop-up. Spelling mistakes and unprofessional images could be a sign of a scam.
- Sense of urgency - Countdown timer with a couple of minutes on it, asking you to enter your personal information or subscribe to some online service.
- Statements that you won something - If you haven't participated in a lottery, online competition, etc., and you see a pop-up window stating that you won.
- Computer or mobile device scan - A pop-up window that scans your device and informs of detected issues - is undoubtedly a scam; webpages cannot perform such actions.
- Exclusivity - Pop-up windows stating that only you are given secret access to a financial scheme that can quickly make you rich.
Example of a pop-up scam:
How do pop-up scams work?
Cybercriminals and deceptive marketers usually use various advertising networks, search engine poisoning techniques, and shady websites to generate traffic to their pop-ups. Users land on their online lures after clicking on fake download buttons, using a torrent website, or simply clicking on an Internet search engine result.
Based on users' location and device information, they are presented with a scam pop-up. Lures presented in such pop-ups range from get-rich-quick schemes to fake virus scans.
How to remove fake pop-ups?
In most cases, pop-up scams do not infect users' devices with malware. If you encountered a scam pop-up, simply closing it should be enough. In some cases scam, pop-ups may be hard to close; in such cases - close your Internet browser and restart it.
In extremely rare cases, you might need to reset your Internet browser. For this, use our instructions explaining how to reset Internet browser settings.
How to prevent fake pop-ups?
To prevent seeing pop-up scams, you should visit only reputable websites. Torrent, Crack, free online movie streaming, YouTube video download, and other websites of similar reputation commonly redirect Internet users to pop-up scams.
To minimize the risk of encountering pop-up scams, you should keep your Internet browsers up-to-date and use reputable anti-malware application. For this purpose, we recommend Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS.
What to do if you fell for a pop-up scam?
This depends on the type of scam that you fell for. Most commonly, pop-up scams try to trick users into sending money, giving away personal information, or giving access to one's device.
- If you sent money to scammers: You should contact your financial institution and explain that you were scammed. If informed promptly, there's a chance to get your money back.
- If you gave away your personal information: You should change your passwords and enable two-factor authentication in all online services that you use. Visit Federal Trade Commission to report identity theft and get personalized recovery steps.
- If you let scammers connect to your device: You should scan your computer with reputable anti-malware (we recommend Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS) - cyber criminals could have planted trojans, keyloggers, and other malware, don't use your computer until removing possible threats.
- Help other Internet users: report Internet scams to Federal Trade Commission.