Remove Shield for Safari Fake Update Pop-Up
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Remove “Shield for Safari” Fake Update Pop-Up

Are you seeing a “Shield for Mac” update in your Safari browser, and wondering whether it is legitimate?

“Shield for Safari” Fake Update “Virus”

Shield for Mac” is a fake update that appears in the Safari browser, interrupting the regular browser session of the user. Both macOS and iOS could be affected. The pop-up could be part of a tech-support scam or could have been triggered by a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

The display of such pop-ups is mostly associated with tech-support scams which attempt to trick the user into performing certain actions in order to solve an issue. However, you may have an adware or potentially unwanted app triggering the pop-up. To determine the cause of the issue, you may need to scan your operating system.

Threat Summary

Name"Shield for Safari"
TypePUP/Rogue Application
Short DescriptionA scam message claiming that “unwanted pop-ups have been detected” on your Mac.
SymptomsA nagging pop-up that says ““Dear Apple Mac OS X Customer. We Detected Unwanted Pop-Ups on Your Mac.”.”
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Suspicious Sites
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Why Do I see the “Shield for Safari” Pop-Up?

Tech support scams and browser-based scams such as Shield for Safari originate from various suspicious domains. Do you recall visiting a website that falls into the suspicious category?

Keep in mind that usually there are many suspicious domains rotating these scams. It is also possible that the pop-up message is triggered by a potentially unwanted program (PUA), that sneaked into your system without your knowledge.

If you visited a suspicious website, you could also be witnessing fake alert messages about viruses and other issues detected on your Mac. In this case, the “Shield for Safari” pop-up will not be the only one flooding your browser.

As to why scammers are spreading such fake pop-ups, messages of this kind are often promoting rogue security software.

If you have such a rogue product silently installed on your Mac, you may have become a “victim” of the so-called bundling method. This method means that legitimate software is installed together with third-party utilities, usually classified as PUAs. The bundling of software is done for monetization purposes, and is mostly popular among developers of adware (ad-supported software).

In this relation, the PUA that may be causing the “Shield for Safari” pop-up is most likely ad-supported as well. Adware, which can be anything from a browser add-on or extension to a PUA, compromises commonly used web browsers by tweaking their settings to display plenty of advertisements and collect user data.

To determine the cause of the “Shield for Safari”, check out the last paragraph of this article for instructions and a possible solution.

Remove “Shield for Safari” Fake Update Pop-Up

In order to remove “Shield for Safari” scam message and all files that are causing it to appear in your Safari browser, it is advisable to complete the steps described in the guide below the article. These steps provide both manual and automatic removal instructions that should be able to fix the issue for you.

Milena Dimitrova

Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum since the beginning. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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