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Remove “Apple Security Alert” virus (Virus Removal Instructions) - 2017 update

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

“Apple Security Alert” virus aims to infect Mac devices

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“Apple Security Alert” virus is a fake pop-up message, which tries to deceive Mac OS[1] users that their system is corrupted by a dangerous malware. Those who encounter such a fake alert should note that their system is not infected with a malicious program and they shouldn't follow the instructions Apple security alert provides. It is merely an attempt to swindle money from gullible people.

Experts say that usually, computer users are not aware of the adware[2] program which is infiltrated on their system. Therefore, once the error code appdel001 appears on their screen, many people panic and make reckless decisions that lead not only to financial losses, but permanent computer damage as well. 

Redirects to Apple security scam site often starts when users download third-party programs from unknown download sources and do not pay proper attention to the installation process. Potentially unwanted program (PUP) that triggers this activity on the affected device often is included in freeware packages.

When Apple alert virus infiltrates the system, it might affect each web browsers that are installed on the targeted device. Apart from redirecting to scam site, adware might also display misleading or suspicious ads that offer to download various security software or updates.

Illustration of "Apple Security Alert" message"Apple Security Alert" virus is a technical support scam which targets Mac OS and iPhone users.

However, the biggest concerns are related to the Apple security alert scam website that informs about a non-existent error and Mac infection. The pop up asks to call fake iOS Tech Support specialists via 1-855-633-1666 in order to protect personal and financial information. The full message says:

Apple Security Alert- Warning iOS – Crash Report Suspicious Activity Detected

Error code appdel001

Malicious application detected by apple scan and there has been a hacking alert on your account. our personal and financial information is at risk major security issue.

Contact our iOS Tech Support for an immediate fix

1-855-633-1666(Toll Free)!

iPhone users should be aware of a similar cyber threat as well. Users report that they receive a pop-up warning about a detected virus on their devices too. The pop-up looks legit and resembles Apple’s notifications. You can recognize Apple security warning iPhone pop-ups from similar messages:

Apple Security. (6) virus detected detected on your iPhone. IP address: …………. One of the last sites you've visited contained a Trojan, loading via the vulnerabilities of the browser. Click ok to start the cleaning process. After clean up, make sure to upgrade your system to the latest software version. Apple firewall ver. 6.2.7

We want to stress out that such alerts that pop up while you browse the web or use particular apps are not real. Neither your computer or iPhone nor personal information is in danger. The only problem you might have is adware residing on the system. However, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another anti-malware can quickly remove Apple security alert virus from the device.

Therefore, instead of calling a provided phone number, close this threatening website and focus on “Apple Security Alert” removal. As we have mentioned, you can do it by using updated security software. However, if you prefer manual elimination, the instruction is given down below.

Tech support scams are delivered by the PUPs

The presence of Apple security virus is a result of carelessly installed third-party applications. Note that Apple security pop up on iPhone might appear due to the ad-supported application, while computer software often is bundled with potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) which help to spread such scam alerts. For example, if you download a video converter tool without monitoring the installation process attentively, there is a high possibility that it will additionally infiltrate other components such as an adware program.

Therefore, we have collaborated with cybersecurity analysts from Die Viren[3] and prepared a simple 4-step guide to protect your PC from Apple security warning virus and similar unwanted applications:

  • Install apps from reliable sources and trusted developers;
  • Read app permission, EULA, Privacy Policy and other provided documents;
  • Install programs using Advanced/Custom settings instead of Quick/Recommended;
  • Remove ticks from pre-selected apps that are offered to download with the primary program.

Learn how to remove “Apple Security Alert” virus from Mac

Remember that Apple spyware alert won't disappear without you putting at least minimal efforts to eliminate it from the PC. If you wonder how you can clean your Mac device, there are two options: manual and automatic termination. It is important to understand that the best result can be reached by combining both removal procedures.

Be aware that as quickly and secretly the adware program has infiltrated on your system, it can let inside other high-risk computer infections the same way. Besides, experts report that to remove “Apple Security Alert” virus, you have to uninstall all its components as well. 

It might get tricky and those who are not experienced enough may struggle with Apple virus alert elimination process. Thus, we suggest downloading a professional security software and let it scan your system. Afterward, reset your web browsers to enjoy undisrupted browsing routine.

You can find a briefly explained “Apple Security Alert” removal guide just below. We want to once again remind you that you should attentively follow it in order to obtain best results.

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To remove “Apple Security Alert” virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate “Apple Security Alert” from Windows systems

To remove “Apple Security Alert” from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to “Apple Security Alert” (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of “Apple Security Alert” from Mac OS X system

You should use the guide below to identify and uninstall all adware-related elements along with Apple Security Alert virus from your Mac device.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove “Apple Security Alert” from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for “Apple Security Alert”-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove “Apple Security Alert”, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to “Apple Security Alert” and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the “Apple Security Alert”-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase “Apple Security Alert” from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for “Apple Security Alert” and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete “Apple Security Alert” removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall “Apple Security Alert” virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the “Apple Security Alert”-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove “Apple Security Alert” from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to “Apple Security Alert” and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case “Apple Security Alert” did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete “Apple Security Alert” removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete “Apple Security Alert” from Google Chrome

To clean Chrome from unwanted Apple security alert pop-ups, you should remove all unknown entries. It will help you to restore your browser.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to “Apple Security Alert” by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the “Apple Security Alert”-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete “Apple Security Alert” removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate “Apple Security Alert” from Safari

The instructions below will guide you through the adware removal process and help you to fix Safari.

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to “Apple Security Alert” and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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