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.
|Name||"Shield for Safari"|
|Short Description||A scam message claiming that “unwanted pop-ups have been detected” on your Mac.|
|Symptoms||A nagging pop-up that says ““Dear Apple Mac OS X Customer. We Detected Unwanted Pop-Ups on Your Mac.”.”|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Suspicious Sites|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss "Shield for Safari".|
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.
- Guide 1: Get rid of "Shield for Safari" from Mac OS X.
- Guide 2: Remove "Shield for Safari" from Google Chrome.
- Guide 3: Erase "Shield for Safari" from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 4: Uninstall "Shield for Safari" from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 5: Delete "Shield for Safari" from Safari.
- Guide 6: Eliminate "Shield for Safari" from Internet Explorer.
Get rid of "Shield for Safari" from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall "Shield for Safari" 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 "Shield for Safari" 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: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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.
Remove "Shield for Safari" 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.
Erase "Shield for Safari" 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.
Uninstall "Shield for Safari" 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.
Delete "Shield for Safari" 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the "Shield for Safari" will be removed.
Eliminate "Shield for Safari" 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.
"Shield for Safari" FAQ
What is "Shield for Safari"?
"Shield for Safari" is classified as a 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 "Shield for Safari" 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 "Shield for Safari" a Virus?
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 "Shield for Safari"?
"Shield for Safari" 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, "Shield for Safari" adware 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 "Shield for Safari", 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 "Shield for Safari" from my Mac?
By removing its core files. To get rid of "Shield for Safari" 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 "Shield for Safari" could be residing.
It will also make sure that "Shield for Safari" 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.