Is Your Mac Might Be Infected a scam?
Are you getting messages as Your Mac Might Be Infected pop-ups? Your Mac Might Be Infected is a fake alert that works as scam to panic macOs users. This works as a strategy so that users end up downloading dubious and potentially unwanted program for removing malware detected on Mac. However there is no such malware known to exist on the Mac system. So these are just shear scam which is used for promoting potentially unwanted programs such as MacKeeper, Advanced System Optimizer and other related software which are known to do more bad instead of any good as far as the performance of the Mac OS is concerned. So if you are also getting Your Mac Might Be Infected on browser such as Apple Safari then it is advisable to ignore such messages. Clicking on such fake messages will lead the users to suspicious websites as shown in the above Screenshot. Once when the users are redirected to suspicious website, they are further instructed to begin the repair process and required to click on some kind of button which is present on the landing page of the website. The message further states that MacOS High Sierra is badly impacted and infected with 3 viruses and users need to remove malware as soon as possible.
|Name:||Your Mac Might be infected|
|Type||Scam, Pop-up, fake alert message|
|Distribution||bundling strategy, visiting shady websites, fake installers, spam emails with attachments.|
|Similar threat||‘Your Apple iPhone Is Infected By (17) Viruses’ POP-UP|
|Removal||Scan you Mac with legit Antivirus|
Strategy behind Your Mac Might be infected Scam
Users are further forced to download and install rogue program on to their Mac system and scan for malware. What is most surprising is the fact that if users end up scanning their device, the fake scanner will detect malware. It will further trick Mac users by suggesting them to purchase the full version of the potentially unwanted program. So users are advised not to download anything from or visit any dubious websites. Further users are suggested to remove any potentially unwanted program or adware which is installed on the browser displaying Your Mac Might be infected fake alerts. Such messages are handy work of fraudsters who are supposedly related to dubious advertisers making your Mac highly vulnerable to virus. Clicking on the fake messages and pop-ups will lead to downloading of fake plug-ins and add ons on to the browser. So this totally depends upon the users whether they want to experience nasty scam or to remove Your Mac Might be infected pop-ups as early as they could. IF you are receiving such fake messages then it is a clear indication that either you have installed any adware program on Apple Safari browser or any dubious website is redirecting the browser to such messages.
Symptoms that confirms that Your Mac Might be infected is Scam
- If your browser is displaying Your Mac Might be infected pop-up messages
- Homepage of the browser changes mysteriously without user’s permission
- Fake update is constantly alerting users to download and install it
- if you are getting rerouted to unknown websites. So users are always suggested to be careful while installing any program and read the terms before clicking on agree to install them.
- If you are unsure about the type of program or whether some optional program will get installed as bundling tactic, you need to opt out.
How To Remove Your Mac Might Be Infected Scam
Mac users need to follow the manual instructions which is included at the end of the post to remove Your Mac Might Be Infected pop-up from their Mac system. Alternatively they can also scan their system using legit antivirus.
Firstly Open the “Menu” bar and then you need to click the “Finder” icon. Now Select “Go” and click on “Go to Folder”
Step 1: You need to Search the suspicious malware related files in /Library/LaunchAgents folder
Within the “Go to Folder” option type /Library/LaunchAgents
In the “Launch Agent” folder, you need to look for all the Your Mac Might Be Infected files which were recently downloaded and then move them to “Trash”.
Step 2: Search and remove the files generated by the Your Mac Might Be Infected in “/Library/Application” Support folder
Within “Go to Folder bar”, you need to type “/Library/Application Support”
Search all suspicious and newly created folders in “Application Support” folder. If you detect any one of these like Your Mac Might Be Infected then move them to “Trash” folder.
Step 3: Look for any of the files that are malware generated in /Library/LaunchAgent Folder
Go to Folder bar and type /Library/LaunchAgents
Step4: Now Go to /Library/LaunchDaemons Folder and look for Your Mac Might Be Infected Related Files
Step 5: Use Spyhunter Anti-Malware To Scan your Mac PC
The malware can be removed from the Mac PC provided you carry out all the steps mentioned above exactly in same way. However, it is always advised to ensure that your PC is not infected. It is suggested to scan the work-station with SpyHunter for Mac Scanner.
- SpyHunter for Mac Scanner is a robust scanner which is designed in such a way that it can be used by both Novice as well as advanced Mac users.
- Custom Scan – Users can easily select and run custom scan for individual files, privacy issues, memories apart from running complete scan as well.
- Startup Manager – It is configured and designed in such a manner that users can initiate the scan process to remove Your Mac Might Be Infected and troubleshoot startup issues.
- SpyHunter Spyware HelpDesk – Users can click on the Submit a Support Ticket button and fill up their detailed information. A support agent will then contact within 48 hours of ticket submission.
App Uninstaller: Users can uninstall Mac apps and its related files to make some space free on hard drive.
How TO Remove Your Mac Might Be Infected from Internet Browsers
Steps to Delete suspicious and Malicious Extension from Safari
In order to accomplish this task, Open Safari browser and then go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Now Click on the “Extension” and check all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall” on the selected extension.
Users need to Open the “Safari” and go to menu. Under the drop-down menu, select “Clear History and Website Data”.
within new opened window, you need to select “All History” option and then press on “Clear History” to Delete it.
How to Remove Your Mac Might Be Infected from Internet Browsers
Steps to Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from Internet Explorer
You need to Click on the gear icon which is at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Now Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search and check for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and then click on “Remove” option.
How to Remove suspicious and unwanted Extension from Google Chrome
Under menu option of Google Chrome, press on three vertical dots and then select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. Users need to search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If Your Mac Might Be Infected still persists or in case if users experience any issue in removing it, then opt to reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dot points which is at the top right corner and then choose “Settings”. you need to Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
You can notice the “Reset” option is there at the bottom. Now click on it.
Within then next opened window, one needs to confirm to reset the Google Chrome settings by clicking on the “Reset” button.
Remove Your Mac Might Be Infected plugins (including all other suspicious plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
First of all Open the Firefox browser, under menu you need to select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Now Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you experience problems in Your Mac Might Be Infected removal then reset the settings option in Mozilla Firefox. For this users need to Open the browser (FF) and now click on the “menu” and then click on “Help“.
Now Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
Now confirm and reset the Mozilla Firefox to its default settings by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.