This blog post has been made with the main goal to explain to you what is the “AppleID Disabled for Security” e-mail phiishing scam and how you can prevent it from infecting your Mac or remove it in case you have clicked on the link.
A new phishing scam that is allegedly related to a virus was recently detected to be spread via e-mai. The scam’s goal is to trick victims that their AppleID was used t sign in to a new web browser and their Apple ID has been temporarily disabled for security reasons. The e-mails aim to get victims to click on a phishing URL that may lead victims to an unsafe web page, which can also cause malware infection on their Mac. If you have received the “AppleID Disabled for Security” e-mail message, then we stronlgy suggest that you read this article.
|Name||“AppleID Disabled for Security”|
|Type||Scam/Malware for Mac OS|
|Short Description||A scam that aims to get victims to click on an unsafe web link that may lead to malware infection or a phishing scam page.|
|Symptoms||An e-mail, claiming that “Your Apple ID was used to sign in to a new web browser.”|
|Distribution Method||Via e-mail spam messages.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss “AppleID Disabled for Security”.|
“AppleID Disabled for Security” – How Did I Get It
The “AppleID Disabled for Security” scam is usually spread via e-mail. The bad news here is that cyber-criminals often “do their homework” before just randomly sending e-mails to people. What they do is they pay in the nderground markets and the deep web marketplaces for lists of active e-mail addresses of Mac users and then they use this massive list to send spam mail. To make the mails spam free, the crooks may send different scareware messages as they usually have several templates organized beforehand. One of the most often used are:
- “Your account is closed.”
- “Your AppleID has been discontinued.”
- “Your computer is infected with a virus.”
- “I have control over your camera and microphone.”
“AppleID Disabled for Security” – Further information
The “AppleID Disabled for Security” scam has a main goal to get users to click on the link on the e-mail that is sent to them. The e-mails sent to users often appear like the following:
Your Apple ID was used to sign in to a new web browser.
Date and Time : Jan 18, 2019
IP Address : 22.214.171.124
Country : Russia
Your Apple ID has been temporarily disabled for security reason.
When you see this alerts, you can go to http://iforgot.apple.com to unlock your account with your existing password.
Your Apple ID will permanently disabled if you do not verify your identity under 24 hours.
Copyright © 2018 All Rights Reserved.
Once the victim clicks on the e-mail, he or she is immediately redirected to a web page whose main goal is to get users to either type in their username and password on a fake Apple Cloud login page or the page may automatically slither malware onto the victims computers. The outcome of this is that your Mac may be compromised by a dangerous malware strain, whose main purpose may be to:
- Log the keystrokes you type.
- Steal your Apple Username and Password.
- Steal other saved passwords on your browsers and apps.
- Gain control over your camera and microphone.
- Take screenshots.
- Obtain permissions on your Mac.
- Install apps.
- Steal files from your Mac.
- See what you are doing in real time.
- Obtain your IP address and location.
If you have detected e-mails with this content, then we strongly suggest that you focus on removing those e-mails from your Mac and that you secure it from various types of viruses.
Remove “AppleID Disabled for Security” Virus from You Mac
If you believe that clicking the link may have compromised your Mac’s security, then please do follow the instructions below. They are created to help you find if any viruses are installed on it as a result of opening the “AppleID Disabled for Security” scam mails. If manual instructions do not help you in finding out the suspicious app or virus files that are added on your mac as a result of the “AppleID Disabled for Security” e-mails, then we strongly suggest what most experts would recommend – download and run a free scan with an advanced malware removal tool for Macs. This will ensure that all the unwanted and malicious files, related to viruses, like the “AppleID Disabled for Security” threat are deleted permanently and that you system is protected against future infections as well.
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 “AppleID Disabled for Security” 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 “AppleID Disabled for Security” 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 “AppleID Disabled for Security” – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove “AppleID Disabled for Security” files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as “AppleID Disabled for Security”, 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.