MacOS Security Center Virus - How to Remove It (Updated Guide)
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MacOS Security Center Virus – How to Remove It

What is MacOS Security Center? How to remove MacOS Security Center?

The MacOS Security Center is a Trojan horse infection disguised as a legitimate tool. It is designed to appear just like the real program without giving out any signs that it is a scam application. The main method of distribution is through various Internet portals and malicious sites. Various hacker-made pages which are optimized to appear in search engines, social networks and online communities. Many of its samples can also be found within file-sharing networks. The MacOS Security Center is generally spread through the malware web servers, in this particular case malicious hackers have uploaded numerous copies to the cloud storage services..

Threat Summary

NameMacOS Security Center
TypePUP/Rogue Application
Short DescriptionThe MacOS Security Center is a modified version of Apple’s own Xcode development environment which is widely available used by developers using the platform. The malware can cause a lot of malicious actions.
SymptomsModified system settings and files
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Suspicious Sites
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MacOS Security Center – Why Do I Have It and What Can It Do?

The MacOS Security Center is a dangerous Trojan horse infection which is specifically designed fo Apple’s operating system and takes the name of a system component to lure the users into installing it. It is widely distributed by several hacking groups under different names and so far there are main methods which are popular with the criminals:

  • Malware Sites — There are several scam tactics which are used to spread the virus to the target victims. They can impersonate pop-ups, messages and various system notifications in Safari or other browser windows which will make the users interact with the dangerous contents. Usually errors messages and security-related problems are shown to the victims and the hackers guide them into deploying the malware onto their systems.
  • Phishing Email Messages — The hackers can coordinate the sending of email messages that look like security notifications that have been sent in by Apple or security vendors. They will urge the recipients that they are under serious threat and must install the MacOS Security Center to stay secure.
  • Redirects — They are malicious web scripts that are found within ad networks and other areas where the criminals can place them. They can also be placed within browser hijackers which are dangerous plugins made for the most popular web browsers. They are often uploaded to their relevant repositories with fake user reviews and developer credentials.

Redirects — They are malicious web scripts that are found within ad networks and other areas where the criminals can place them. They can also be placed within browser hijackers which are dangerous plugins made for the most popular web browsers. They are often uploaded to their relevant repositories with fake user reviews and developer credentials.

When run the MacOS Security Center Trojan will perform a wide variety of malicious tasks which are run depending on the local conditions or the hacker-instituted commands. Usually they are concerned with the ability to take over control of the infected hosts. This is done by connecting to a hacker-controlled server which will be the controlling agent. The made connection is secured and persistent and allows the criminals to spy on the users, induce actions and deploy other threats.

What’s particularly dangerous about the MacOS Security Center is that it can harvest information both from the infected systems and the web browsers through which it has infected the host. The harvested data can be grouped into two main types:

  • Personal Information — The hijacked data can be used to create a complete profile of the victims: a person’s name, address, phone number, location data and any stored account credentials.
  • Machine Metrics — This is the creation of an unique ID based on the hardware profile of the installed hardware components.

On its part the malicious MacOS Security Center threat can also be used to deploy infections on its own. A common example would be a cryptocurrency miner — a small-sized application or script responsible for the downloading and installation of multiple complex mathematical tasks. Once deployed they will take advantage of the available system resources: CPU, memory, hard disk space and etc. For every reported successful operation the hackers will receive cryptocurrency payment in return that will b directly wired to their wallets.

Remove MacOS Security Center

If you want to remove the MacOS Security Center unwanted software from your Mac machine we recommend that you use a specific anti-malware for Mac systems. With a specific anti-malware program, your computer will remain with a better protection and stay healthy performance-wise in the future.

MacOS Security Center Removal Video:

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Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of MacOS Security Center from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall MacOS Security Center 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 MacOS Security Center:

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 MacOS Security Center. 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 MacOS Security Center. 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 MacOS Security Center 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 MacOS Security Center. 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 MacOS Security Center files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MacOS Security Center, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove MacOS Security Center 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.


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase MacOS Security Center 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 MacOS Security Center 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 MacOS Security Center 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 MacOS Security Center 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.


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate MacOS Security Center 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.


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