What is macOS Security scam pop-up?
macOS Security scam pop-up is not a real Apple tech support alert but an scam ad from adware which will do harm to your Mac. Like all the scam tech support, macOS Security scam pop-up will disguise itself as a benign website in a name of Apple Platform Security. The adware will bring numerous ads to your computer and help the freeware of unknown entities to install themselves on your PC, which not only waste your computer resources, slowing the internet speed, but also cause your privacy leakage and financial lost. The main purpose for macOS Security scam pop-up is to make money.
It keeps telling you that your system is infected by viruses and you need to call its hotline to get virus removal service, which is bogus Apple Platform Security service demanding lots of money. Of course the ads for the uses are free, while the developers of adware will get money from the sponsored websites and software each time you open their links and download the ware. Users may deny that they will do them for the adware. But sometimes it just happens.
macOS Security scam pop-up will send you the ads according to your research records and it could be refaced like the legitimate ones with intention content. And when you click it, it will be automatically redirected to the sponsored web. In the same way, many kinds of freeware are installed on your PC and it successfully occupies most of your computer storage which can be put in better use.
Therefore, we recommend you to remove it immediately, and the following instruction is for your reference. Our team spend many years in studying in adware, and we believe it will be useful for you. If any question, please feel free to contact us.
How to Manually Remove macOS Security scam pop-up From Mac OSX? (Steps)
Step 1 Uninstall macOS Security scam pop-up related apps or potentially unwanted apps from Mac OSX
- In Finder window, clicking “Applications” in the sidebar
- In the applications folder, right-click on macOS Security scam pop-up related apps or other suspicious apps and click Move to Trash.
Step 2 – Remove malicious files generated by macOS Security scam pop-up or related malware from your Mac
1. Click the Finder icon from the menu bar >> choose “Go” then click on “Go to Folder“:
2. In the Go to Folder… bar, type the name of the following four folders to open them one by one:
3. In each folder, search for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Here are some examples of files generated by malware:
“installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, macOS Security scam pop-up”, “com.genieo.completer.download.plist” “com.genieoinnovation.macextension.plist” “com.genieo.engine.plist” “com.adobe.fpsaud.plist” , “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”,
Step 3 – Find and remove malicious extensions and browser hijacker from Safari and Chrome.
1. Start Safari: Select Safari menu and click Preferences:
2. Select Extensions tab>> Look for the unsafe or suspicious extensions and click Uninstall:
3. Select Search tab >> click the Search Engine menu and make your choice. Safari lets you use Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo.
4. Select the General tab >> In the Homepage bar, type the URL you want to set as the Safari homepage.
On Google Chrome
1. Open Google Chrome and click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” icon at the top right corner >> Select More Tools and click Extensions;
2. Search for suspicious extensions and click trash icon to remove it:
3. Reset default search engine on Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome and click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” icon >> Select Settings
- Scroll down until you locate the Search engine section
- Click the drop-down menu accompanying the option labeled Search engine used in the address bar
- Select Google, Bing or Yahoo! as your default search engine.
4. Reset homepage on Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome and click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” icon >> Select Settings;
- In the “On Startup” section, click the “Set pages” link near to the “Open a specific page or set of pages” option.
- Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example SearchMine.net) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).
Step 4 – Re-check your Mac with SpyHunter Mac Antimalware.
To be sure that your Mac is not infected at all, it’s recommended to run a full scan with SpyHunter .
SpyHunter Mac Antimalware is a professional Mac Antivirus and Mac OSX Optimization Tool for users. It is equipped with powerful detection engine against virus, malware, and adware. Thus it is able to protect your machine from the latest out-breaking threats and infections.
– Once SpyHunter Mac Antimalware is downloaded, double-click SpyHunter-1.2-15-7043-Installer.dmg to install it:
– Once SpyHunter is launched, please run a scan to diagnose entire Mac and remove all detected malware: