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Remove “Apple Warning Alert” virus (Virus Removal Guide) - updated Sep 2019

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Mac viruses

Apple Warning Alert is a a tech support scam message that should be ignored

Apple Security Warning scam

“Apple Warning Alert” is a pop-up message that might infiltrate Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser during users' web browsing sessions. Typically, it comes from phishing websites[1] posing as Apple Support pages that are usually reached by visiting a malicious website. In other cases browser, redirects might indicate the presence of adware – potentially unwanted software that specializes in showing users ads, deals, offers, coupons, and other commercial content, including scam sites like “Apple Warning Alert.”

“Apple Warning Alert” pop-ups warn victims about errors, malware or other inconsistencies that were allegedly detected on their system and suggests calling bogus tech support at 1-800-796-7125 or another phone number. Also, there are possibly thousands of URLs that host the scam content, so it will most likely always be different for each visitor. Nevertheless, the goal of “Apple Warning Alert” remains the same – extort money from unsuspecting users by making them pay for fake support services.

Name “Apple Warning Alert”
Type Tech support scam
Category Adware/Mac virus
Infection means Third-party websites that host freeware or pirated software, fake updates
Targeted systems macOS, Mac OS X, iOS
Why am I seeing “Apple Warning Alert” warning? Tech support scams can be encountered all over the internet. Even after sites get blocked, crooks open a new one, and redirect users to them with the help of adware or other malicious sites
Risks Users who contact the provided number might be asked to allow remote access to their computer (sensitive information might be stolen, the malware installed); crooks might also ask to pay for the fake tech support services, resulting in money loss
Removal To stop “Apple Warning Alert” pop-ups, you need to delete adware and other PUPs from your device. For that, either check our manual instructions below or scan your computer with anti-malware software like ReimageIntego

“Apple Warning Alert” virus is fake, although it tries to impersonate the real company behind Apple products. This is deliberately done in order to make users believe that the notification is genuine. Likewise, the website design is copied precisely – it is just another social engineering trick.[2]

Similar tech support scams are all over the internet. Some examples include Pornographic virus alert from Microsoft, Microsoft Warning Alert, Virus Alert from AppleAppleCare And Warranty, and multiple others. All of these fake pop-ups provide a tech support number that users should call, and, unfortunately, many do.

You should never believe what “Apple Warning Alert” pop-up says and call so-called “tech support,” even if the message warns you of huge problems your delaying might cause. In most cases, “Apple Warning Alert” virus even plays an audio message stating that the victim’s financial data is at risk as well as private information stored on the computer.

Just like the majority of tech support scam sites, “Apple Warning Alert” scam displays a deceptive message claiming that “The following information is being stolen…”:

  • Financial data;
  • Facebook logins;
  • Email account logins;
  • Photos stored on this computer.

According to fraudsters behind “Apple Warning Alert,” the issues caused by “virus” can only be solved by “certified experts,” the victim needs to call.[3] In reality, you will most likely be connected to a call center (usually located in India),[4] and the person will most likely speak with an accent. Numerous arrests have need made[5] in recent years in India and other countries, as the scam schemes are running out of control – costing users millions of dollars each year.

Victims who had a chance to communicate with “Apple Warning Alert” authors say that they pretend to be very helpful as long as the victim follow their commands, however, as soon as the victim starts hesitating or asking questions, they get impatient and angry. It is so because they do not like wasting time on victims who aren’t willing to spend money or provide personal details or access to their computers for frauds.

Apple Warning Alert virusApple Warning Alert is a deceptive pop-up displayed by phishing websites. If you encountered such pop-ups, you probably visited a deceptive web page or were redirected to to it by an adware-type program.

Without a doubt, “Apple Warning Alert” should be ignored, and the web tab immediately shut down. In some cases, the scam might be shown in full screen, or the web page might be impossible to close. In such a case, you should call up the Activity Monitor to remove “Apple Warning Alert” message from your screen – simply shut down the browser process.

However, “Apple Warning Alert” removal might not yet be complete. If you are experiencing frequent browser redirects, pop-up ads, sponsored content an all sites that you visit, the slow operate of Safari or your Mac, you should check it for adware. The ad-supported software is usually installed from third-party sites that are not approved by Apple or after clicking on fake Flash[6] or Java updates.

Even if you did not install any suspicious programs lately and the fake warning still showed up on your Mac, check your computer for suspicious software and remove “Apple Warning Alert” remains by using such security software like ReimageIntego or employing manual removal techniques as per instructions below. Novirus.uk security experts say that deceptive web pages can infect your computer even if you do not click anything in them.[7]

Do not click on anything when redirected to a tech support site and avoid the installation of adware with the help of these tips

You can run into the described pop-up message after visiting a questionable web page or clicking on an online ad. However, it is also possible to reach such pages with the help of ad-supported software that causes a series of redirects through suspicious domains. One of such ads can lead you to a deceptive website displaying fake Apple Warning Alert.

To avoid installation of unwanted software on your Mac computer, choose Custom/Advanced settings for installation of new programs and make sure you download them from trustworthy sources only! Ideally, add software available on the App Store only. Programs from questionable web pages can infect your Mac with malware which could spy on your keystrokes, corrupt the installed apps, or download ones without your permission.

Apple Warning AlertApple Warning Alert might be worded in different ways and encountered on various Apple platforms, such as iPads, Macbooks, iPhones, etc.

Remove “Apple Warning Alert” virus today

To clean your Mac, you have to remove the “Apple Warning Alert” virus immediately. Also, we suggest checking for suspicious browser extensions in Safari, Chrome, and other web browsers installed on your computer. The guide provided below explains how to inspect your Mac OS X for suspicious files and delete them all.

As soon as you are done with Apple Warning Alert removal, make sure you stay away from questionable Internet pages and start following secure browsing rules ASAP. Remember that installing random apps from the Internet is never a good idea, especially if you are not an experienced PC user who can recognize dangerous software easily.

If you already contacted or paid money to scammers behind “Apple Warning Alert” message, you should immediately report the incident to your local authorities dealing with fraud – it would be the best to provide as much information as possible, such as the phone number that was called, the webpage the phishing content was shown on, etc. Additionally, you might get your money back if you contact your bank and explain the situation – the transaction might be reversed in some cases.

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

Uninstall “Apple Warning Alert” from Mac OS X system

Check for suspicious applications using the provided tutorial. If you can see questionable applications installed on your Mac, get rid of them without any hesitations as they can be causing “Apple Warning Alert” fake warnings during your browsing sessions.

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

Remove “Apple Warning Alert” from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for “Apple Warning 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 Warning 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 Warning Alert” and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the “Apple Warning Alert”-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove “Apple Warning 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 Warning 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, Google.com).
  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 Warning Alert” removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete “Apple Warning 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 Warning 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

Get rid of “Apple Warning Alert” from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select “Apple Warning Alert” and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete “Apple Warning Alert” removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate “Apple Warning Alert” from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select “Apple Warning Alert” and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete “Apple Warning Alert” removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase “Apple Warning Alert” from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for “Apple Warning Alert” or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by “Apple Warning Alert”, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete “Apple Warning Alert” removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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