Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple is a type of scam that has been reported by online users. In case that it manages to affect your web browser you will see a dialog box described as Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple. The scam attempts to convince you that you have an active virus on your Mac so it could easily urge you to give Apple Support a call and resolve the issue. However, the presented number is a fake one and this message is trying to trick you into calling cyber criminals. If you are among the victims of this scam we advise you to read thoroughly this article and learn more about the additional issues it may be causing. At the end of the article, you will also find how to remove all traits of this scam from your affected Mac and make sure it’s gone forever.
|Name||Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple|
|Type||Technical Support Scam|
|Short Description||A message that suddenly interrupts your browsing to inform you about a virus that endangers the security of your device. Attempts to scam you to call fake Apple Support number for a fix.|
|Symptoms||A dialog box appears in the browser. It restricts your access to other web pages and claims that your device and personal data are at risk.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, Infected web pages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple.|
“Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple” Scam – How Did I Get It?
Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple scam message could be caused by an infected website you have recently visited. Such websites or sometimes single web page usually contain malicious code that causes redirects to various other bogus websites each time a user loads them in the browser.
Another distribution channel that may be spreading Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple Mac scam is the compromise of free third-party app installers. Malicious intenders often download supposedly useful apps with the purpose to compromise their installers and inject some extras there. The updated apps appear again in the web but this time with hidden extras that infiltrate target devices without users permission. As a result, the installation of a desired program may end up with having a running potentially unwanted program on the device. The PUP that may be causing Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple scam to appear is most likely of adware type. And one way to prevent installing such apps unintentionally is the Advanced/Custom configuration step available in almost each app installer. Once you select it you may be able to uncover the presence of any extras and opt out their installation.
“Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple” Scam – More Information
Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple is a nasty scam that presents misleading information in an attempt to obtain sensitive information about you and your device. It appears during browsing sessions in the form of a strange dialog box. Once on the screen, it could prevent you from accessing opened web pages and loading new ones.
In order to trick you into calling a fake Apple Support number, Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple scam states that your device has been infected by a malware. It may also urge you to enter sensitive details such as username, password, financial credentials and logins for other profiles.
This is not the only one scam that is going viral across the web. They are lurking everywhere – on websites like [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/fastsupport-com-scam/”]FastSupport.com, pop-ups like [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/apple-wants-make-changes-scam-virus-remove-mac/”]“Apple wants to make changes” and voice messages like [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/call-apple-support-mac-scam-remove/”]“Call Apple Support”. What they want are your money and your sensitive data. As a way to prevent being a victim of tech support scams we recommend you to see the official list of all Apple phone numbers around the world and skip the misleading message if it displays a number that does not figure in this list.
Since some of these scams are related to existing malware infection on your Mac we advise you to read a material on [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/how-to-detect-mac-virus-remove/”]how to detect and remove Mac viruses.
Remove “Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple” Scam
In order to remove Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple scam and all files that may be causing it to appear in your browser you should complete all steps listed in the guide that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove this scam in full.
In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.
About the Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific macOS issue.
How did we conduct the research on Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple?
Please note that our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware definitions, including the various types of Mac threats, especially adware and potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).
Furthermore, the research behind the Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple threat is backed with VirusTotal.
To better understand the threat posed by Mac malware, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
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3. XCSSET Mac Malware Targets Apple’s M1-Based Macs and macOS 11
4. macOS Backdoor Malware Linked to OceanLotus Hackers
5. The State of Apple’s Privacy So Far in 2021
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple 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:
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:
3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple:
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 Warning! Virus Alert Call 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 Warning! Virus Alert Call 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 Warning! Virus Alert Call 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:
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 Warning! Virus Alert Call 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:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
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Step 4: How to Make Your Mac Run Faster?
Mac machines maintain probably the fastest operating system out there. Still, Macs do become slow and sluggish sometimes. The video guide below examines all of the possible problems that may lead to your Mac being slower than usual as well as all of the steps that can help you to speed up your Mac.
Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple FAQ
What is Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple on your Mac?
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your Mac to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your MacOS.
Can my Mac get a virus?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get viruses. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a virus:
- Mac Mini
- Macbook Air
- Macbook Pro
What are the symptoms of Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple on your Mac?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also most Mac threats in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your Mac may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Mac's Activity Monitor.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your Mac for viruses.
What types of Mac threats are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently infect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Adware and hijackers.
- Trojan horses and other spyware.
- Ransomware and screen-lockers.
- Cryptocurrency miner malware.
What to do if I have a Mac virus, like Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many Mac anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter for Mac is one of the reccomended Mac anti-malware apps, that can scan for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps plus take care of them quickly. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to secure my passwords and other data from Warning! Virus Alert Call Apple?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and Apple devices will become significantly more safe against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our MacOS Virus section, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.