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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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

“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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or employing manual removal techniques as per instructions below. 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.

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for “Apple Warning Alert” or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove “Apple Warning Alert” from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for “Apple Warning Alert” and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete “Apple Warning Alert” removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete “Apple Warning Alert” virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, “Apple Warning Alert” should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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