Remove "Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple" Scam - Update March 2020
THREAT REMOVAL

Are you trying to remove “Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple”? What you are dealing with is an intrusive redirect virus, and we will provide the necessary information to get rid of it in this article.

“Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple”

“Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple” is a redirect screen that blocks you out of your Mac and claims that your computer and data have been compromised. “Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple” can also infect iPhones. Its main goal is to call a fake tech support number. There, you will likely encounter scammers disguised as Apple support, whose main goal is to ask you to pay a lot of money just to fix your Mac. If you have fallen victim to “Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple”, be warned that it is a scam, in fact. However, you should also know that it could bring viruses to your Mac or it could be appearing on your browser because of the presence of such on your Mac. Read this article to learn more about “Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple” plus see steps on how to remove it entirely.

Threat Summary

NamePornographic Virus Alert from Apple
TypeTech Support Scam / PUP for MacOS and iOS
Short Description“Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple” is a tech support scam likely introduced on your browser because of an unwanted program installed on your Mac/iPhone.
SymptomsA redirect to an annoying web page that locks your browser and keeps downloading a file, called “This is VIRUS. Your computer is blocked”.
Distribution MethodLikely spread by being automatically added to the computers of victims as a result of opening a virus link or downloading the image file. Uses a vulnerability to infect Macs.
Removal Guide for iPhoneiPhone Virus – How to Remove It
Detection Tool See If Your System Has Been Affected by Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple

Download

Combo Cleaner

User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple.

“Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple” – How Did I Get It? What Is Its Impact?

The main method via which the “Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple” could infect your computer is likely that you may have received it via adware or browser hijacker that Is currently installed on your Mac. Such potentially unwanted applications or PUA may be spread onto your Mac via a variety of methods. One of those methods is likely to add them by thinking they are legitimate apps aiming to help with your browser or something else with your Mac. Another way that such PUAs end up on your computer is likely via being added as extras or optional offers to the installers of other free apps you may have recently downloaded on your Mac. They are not easily detected since they often hide themselves in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation modes of the free app you are trying to install.

Either way, when the “Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple” – causing program is on your computer it may begin to perform the following actions:

  • Change the settings of your web browser.
  • Drop files.
  • Obtain permissions to freely access all aspects of your Mac.
  • Slow down your Mac with a lot of different advertisements.
  • Obtain your Mac’s System Information.
  • Change your browser settings to cause a lot of different types of advertisements and redirects on it.

One of the redirects to which this app leads you to is “Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple”, that looks like the following:

The page also displays a pop-up that contains the following text:

VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE
This computer is BLOCKED
Do not close this window and restart your computer
Your computer’s registration key is Blocked.
Why we blocked your computer?
The mac’s registration key is illegal.
This mac is using pirated software.
This mac is sending virus over the internet.
This mac is hacked or used from undefined location.
We block this computer for your security.
Contact apple helpline to reactivate your computer.

Apple Support Alert
Your System Detected Some unusual Activity
It might harm your computer data and track your financial activities.
Please report this activity to +86672265620

According to recent reports, this page keeps downloading the same file over and over again. It is a “TextEdit” file that is called “This is a VIRUS.Your computer is blocked“. It looks like the following on your Mac:

This endless download seems to block you out of your Mac calling the tech support numbers provided in it seems to be your only option. Do not do that, because you are calling scammers and their main goal is to ask you to pay them hundreds of dollars to fix your problem. The main angle the scammers use against users is the possible idea that the scam could be to falsely accuse users and hopefully scare them off into calling the tech support number. The scam may be associated with many different numbers as it is part of a large-scale tech support scheme. Among the fake tech support numbers associated with this Mac/iPhone scam are +1-855-550-6155 and +8667265620. And bear in mind that there are a lot of scams, just like it out there with the only difference being that they tend to spread via multiple different types of ways, like via e-mail, unwanted software that shows ads on your computer, but pretends to be a legitimate program or a browser extension.

Protection Tip! Always look at the domains that are associated with alert messages that appear in your browser to tell you that you need to contact Apple support. The official Apple Support domain is https://support.apple.com/. Any other variants different than this should be treated with caution. If you happen to see a suspicious browser notification again, please feel free to visit SensorsTechForum and use our online chat form to tell us more about the problem. We will send you a reply with all the precaution measures you should take to protect your Mac.

Not only this, but the simple call to them could cost you a lot of money since these numbers are generally not toll-free as they claim. Instead, we recommend that you read the steps below to get rid of this annoying Mac adware and stop the “Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple” once and for all.

Remove “Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple” from Your Mac

The “Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple” can be removed if you shut down the currently open browser causing your downloads from its hotkeys. Then, to completely remove it, we strongly recommend that you follow the step-by-step removal guide below, if you know the app that is causing these redirections and ads. If you struggle to find this app and want a full and effective removal, then the fastest method to go for according to experts is to use an advanced malware removal program. Such professional cleaner software is designed to quickly detect and remove all viruses and unwanted files from your Mac to clean it from them safely and permanently. After doing the removal, you can reset your web browser and you should have removed “Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple” completely.

Avatar

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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
Twitter


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

Get rid of Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple:

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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple. 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple. 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple. 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple, 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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.



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


Uninstall Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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.



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


Delete Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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.


Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple FAQ

What is Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple?

Be advised, that Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple is classified as a virus-like, 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple a Virus?

The Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple?

Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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, Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple, 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple from my Mac?

To get rid of Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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 Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple could be residing. It will also make sure that Pornographic Virus Alert from Apple 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.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.