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

“Apple Security Alert” virus Removal Guide

What is “Apple Security Alert” virus?

“Apple Security Alert” virus aims to infect Mac devices

"Apple Security Alert" virus image

“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, FortectIntego 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.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of “Apple Security Alert” virus. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  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 the entry of the 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.

Delete from macOS

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

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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 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 unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Remove 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 the unwanted program 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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted 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. Reset Chrome 2

Delete 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 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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of “Apple Security Alert” registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.


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