“Your Mac Might Be Infected” Scam (Redirect Virus) – How to Remove It

“Your Mac Might Be Infected” Scam (Redirect Virus) – How to Remove It

This article has been created to help explain what are the “Your Mac Might Be Infected” pop-ups plus how you can remove this scamming page from your computer.

If you have suddenly started seeing web pages that aim to notify you that your Mac has just been infected with malware and yo need to download a program, called Advanced Mac Cleaner. This program reportedly is one of those rogue antivirus programs for Mac that aim to display fake detections on your device with the main purpose of getting you to purchase the full version of the software by paying a lot of money. If you see the “Your Mac Might Be Infected” scam, we strongly suggest that you read this article thoroughly as it aims to show you how you can remove the “Your Mac Might Be Infected” scamming software and Advanced Mac Cleaner from your Mac.

Threat Summary

Name“Your Mac Might Be Infected” Scam
TypeScam/Rogue Antivirus
Short DescriptionA scam that is likely caused by suspicious app running on your Mac or a compromised website.
SymptomsVictims will notice severe system performance issues. A pop-up may appear, asking you to download a Advanced Mac Cleaner why claiming that “Your Mac Might Be Infected”
Distribution MethodVia bundled downloads or apps, containing adware.
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”Your Mac Might Be Infected” – How Did I Get It

The Your Mac Might Be Infected scamming message cannot just start appearing on your Mac without any reason whatsoever. They are the result of either having to visit a website with a very low reputation or the more probable method is by having an unwnated app added t your mac. Such apps often aim to convince users that they are helpful programs, but in reality they come with a salty bonus – advertisements.

Those apps are usually not installed by themselves and the main reason for that is the fact that nobody would generally consider using them. So what do the developers of those suspicious apps do? They employ an aggressive marketing strategly widely known as bundling. This strategy often aims to get users to add the app as “an optional extra” to the current app they have started to install. This makes it possible for the adware causing the Your Mac Might Be Infected message to appear to be added by hijacking the installers of other apps. And it is not easy to detect this program as well as it may be concealed well within the “Advanced” or “Custom” install options of the Setup Wizard for your Macintosh.

Your Mac Might Be Infected! – More Information

As soon as the PUP (potentially unwnated program) causing the “Your Mac Might Be Infected!” pop-ups is added as an app, you immediately become aware of it. The program may hijack your web browser and change it’s settings so that it can display the web page, which appears like the following:

Naturally, similar to the “Your Mac Is Infected! Virus Found!” scam message, this scam also aims to do more than just be there and annoy you. The end goal is to get you to download a rogue program, known in the trade as Advanced Mac Cleaner. It appears somewhat like the image below shows:

The program’s main purpose is to show that your Mac is under a critical status and get you to click on it’s “Start Scan Now” button. The end goal of doing this seems to always be the same – Advanced Mac Cleaner detects hundreds if not thousands of errors on your Mac:

You cannot use Advanced Mac Cleaner to remove those performance errors, however. In fact, you cannot use it for anything until you purchase the full version of the program, which is what this software aims to do. And in the meantime, nobody seems to notice that what it detects may not even be real and is considered by researchers to be hoax detections of malware and system errors. The end goal of course is to get you to purchase the full version of Advanced Mac Cleaner which is able to remove the supposed errors. The actual reason behind it however is the fact that by entering your financial information you may pay for a product that does not actually do anything. And more to it than that, by paying you also expose your financial data, which is not exactly recommended if you cannot trust Advanced Mac Cleaner.

Remove “Your Mac Might Be Infected” and Advanced Cleaner from Your Mac

Removing these apps from OSX may be a tricky thing, primarily because simply removing the app may not make it go away as these apps often create backup methods that may basically still leave your computer cramped up with adware and other potentially unwanted software. This is the may reason why a proffesional anti-malware program that is reputable and legitimate should be sought to remove these ad-supported and rogue software from your mac and ensure that it remains protected in the future too.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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