Apple Care Protection Plan is the name of a fake web page that pretends to be the original apple support page. The main goal of this redirect scam is to display a “WARNING!” message that will automatically resize your web browser and appear each time when you visit your browser. Not only this, but also the Apple Care Protection Plan redirects can appear on all your Mac browsers, like Safari, Chrome and Firefox and they could be on your machine as a result of an unwanted program that may have added them. Read this article to learn how to remove Apple Care Protection Plan fully from your computer.
|Name||Apple Care Protection Plan Virus|
|Type||Redirect Virus for Mac OS|
|Short Description||A browser redirect that could be caused by a potentially unwanted program added on your computer. Wants you to call a tech support number that is most likely scam.|
|Symptoms||Appears on each one of your browsers as a fake Apple page.|
|Distribution Method||Via software bundling or by being downloaded from the official site.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Apple Care Protection Plan Virus.|
Apple Care Protection Plan Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
Apple Care Protection Plan displays a scary message, whose main idea is to get victims to call the tech support number +1-800-679-2758. This redirect may appear on your Mac if you have installed a so-called potentially unwanted program, whose main goal could be to seem as if it is a helpful software, but in reality, it may slither tons of advertisements on your computer. Such programs can often end up on your computer as a result of being automatically added to it via software bundling or other.
When redirected, this page is what you will see when it comes to Apple Care Protection Plan:
It asks you to call +1-800-679-2758, a number that was reported multiple times with fake Windows messages as well
Either way, it is strongly reccomended not to call the provided numbers as they often aim to get your personal data by lying to you, also known as social engineering. The scammers could ask you to pay them money to supposedly fix your Mac or could ask for access to your computer. Not only this, but simply calling the number can result in huge phone bills.
Remove Apple Care Protection Plan Virus from Your Mac
In order to get rid of the Apple Care Protection Plan Virus fully from your Mac, we strongly recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath. They have been created with the main idea to help you delete this virus effectively step by step. Since programs, like the Apple Care Protection Plan Virus PUP can remain persistent on your Mac and leave behind leftover files, you should focus on downloading and running a scan using an advanced malwar eremoval software. Such program is effective and can detect all types of virus and unwanted files plus remove them permanently from your Mac.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall Apple Care Protection Plan Virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Apple Care Protection Plan Virus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove Apple Care Protection Plan Virus – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Apple Care Protection Plan Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Apple Care Protection Plan Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.