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Apple wants to make changes Scam – Remove It

This article has been created in order to help you remove the “Apple wants to make changes” pop-up completely from your Mac.

A new scam has been reported by users to display a pop-up, which asks users to enter their Username and Password. According to latest information, the pop-up itself, described as “Apple wants to make changes” wants to rob users out of their Mac credentials and therefore out of other information on their devices as well. If you are one of the victims of the “Apple wants to make changes” virus, we recommend that you thoroughly read this article to learn more about it and how you can make sure that it is fully gone from your Mac.

Threat Summary

NameApple Wants to Make Changes Scam
TypePhishing Scam for Mac OS
Short DescriptionAims to show questionable pop-ups which ask victims to enter their usernames and passwords.
SymptomsYou may see other pop-ups just like it or may see it running automatically during your casual browsing process.
Distribution MethodVia an unwanted application running on your PC or via a suspicious website causing a redirect.
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”Apple wants to make changes” – How Did I Get It

Many MacOS users have also reported it to be caused by a visited website on the users Mac which causes a redirect. And indeed such websites are already a familiar sight, because may WordPress sites that are compromised begin to cause browser redirection each time the website itself is visited by the user.

Furthermore, in addition to this, the “Apple wants to make changes” pop-up may also come as a result of you having an adware program which is the root cuase of these unwanted pop-ups appearing. These types of unwanted programs often take advantage of third-party apps that are free by being bundled in their installers. This basically means that if you were to download an app from third-party site, chances are you may encounter optional offers, like the unwanted program that is causing the “Apple wants to make changes” phishing pop-ups on your Mac. Usually these programs pretend to be useful apps, whose main goal seems to be being a helpful type of program on your Mac that could improve your experience in a way.

”Apple wants to make changes” – More Information

”Apple wants to make changes” is the type of pop-up which will begin to randomly appear on users computers.The pop-up appears like the following:

There are similar scams to the “Apple wants to make changes” one, but this one in particular is different by the fact that it wants you to type in your username and password. These types of po-ups are very dangerous for your Mac, since they may steal critical information from it via phishing attempts, so In case you have entered important data in those fake alerts, we would suggest that you immediately change your credentials, more importantly your passwords.

Furthermore, the pop-up appearing may also be accompanied by what appears to be a program that may be harmful for your computer. The outcome of this is not only the “Apple wants to make changes pop-ups” may appear but alongside them other redirects to pages may also show up on your Mac. These forms of unwanted messages may be of the following types:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Online redirects.
  • Online search results that are ad-supported.
  • Online banners that are taken over on the legitimate sites you visit.

These messages and other types of content is likely caused by a nefarious software that may currently be residing on your Mac. While not something uncommon, these programs may turn out to be a major problem in the future, because they may not only lead to phishing sites, like this one, but they may pose other risks as well, such as:

  • Malicious URLs that may infect your Mac with malware.
  • Tech support scam URLs.
  • Sites that may cause your Mac to malfunction and slow down by installing miner scripts.

This is why, in the event that you see more than just the “Apple wants to make changes” pop-up on your Mac, it is strongly recommended to identify and remove the software that might be causing them to appear.

Remove ”Apple wants to make changes” Pop-up Scam from Your Mac

If you want to remove the ”Apple wants to make changes” pop-ups from your Mac, we strongly suggest that you follow the removal steps that are posted underneath this article as they have been created with the main idea in mind to help you to try and identify and applications that might be causing such content on your Mac. Furthermore, be advised that if all else fails and you still believe that you Mac is under threat, you should follow experts’ recommendations and download an advanced anti-malware software. It will assist you by automatically removing and identifying any threats on your Mac and make sure that it stays as protected as possible against any future threats that might appear.

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Ventsislav Krastev

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Get rid of Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Wants to Make Changes Scam 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

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Remove Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Delete Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam FAQ

What is Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam?

Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.

Be aware, that Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.

Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.

Is Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam a Virus?

No, but it is just as risky. The Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam object is not entirely a virus but it is still as dangerous as a virus for your Mac and your information. The main reason for that is because Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam can use cookies and other tracking technologies that may obtain personal information from your Mac while you are browsing.

It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:

  • Phishing sites.
  • Web pages that are scam.
  • Sites that may contain viruses.

These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.

Can my Mac get virus?

The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.

How did I get Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam?

Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.

Also, Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.

You may have missed Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".

How to remove Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam from my Mac?

By removing its core files. To get rid of Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.

An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam could be residing.

It will also make sure that Apple Wants to Make Changes Scam is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.

How to protect my Mac from viruses?

To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:

1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.

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