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Your Mac Might Be Infected

If you are routed to a page or shown a pop-up that represents the “Your Mac Might Be Infected” scam, there are two things you need to do right away. First, you need to close the page/pop-up to get the scam out of the way. Next, you need to scan your operating system. Most likely, you were introduced to the fake notification as you landed on an unreliable website or clicked a corrupted link that might have been introduced to you, for example, as a harmless-looking advertisement. Unfortunately, it is also possible that malware exists on your operating system, which is why it is important to scan it. Employ a trustworthy and legitimate malware scanner to help you out. If malicious threats are found, delete them immediately, and, hopefully, you will not face the scam alert again. Of course, in the best case scenario, you do not need to remove Your Mac Might Be Infected scam-related malware at all, and all you need to do is clear the browsing data of the browser via which the alert was shown.

Although most scams are targeted at Windows users, our research team has found that more and more fake alerts are created to target Mac OS users as well. Some of them include “Your Mac Is Heavily Damaged,” “Apple Security Breach,” “Apple Security Alert,” and “Apple Support Center - Attention” fake alerts. If you face any of them, we suggest removing them from your screen immediately. In some cases, these scam alerts might be shown in full screen, and various other tactics could be used to make it more difficult for you to close them or the pages via which they are shown. Of course, you have to do everything and anything to ensure that your browser is freed so that you could install a trusted malware scanner right away. Unfortunately, it is possible that some users could be tricked by the scam message. According to the message delivered using the Your Mac Might Be Infected fake alert, your operating system is infected with “viruses” that, allegedly, must be removed before any damage is done to the system files and before your Internet browsing speed is decreased. The purpose behind the scam is to trick you into downloading a program called “Advanced Mac Cleaner.”

According to our malware research team, you will gain nothing by downloading the allegedly beneficial tool. Although it is introduced to you as a virus remover, in reality, it could be anything. At best, you will be introduced to a potentially unwanted program that was created to trick you into paying money for useless services. At worst, you could be letting in dangerous malware. The alleged Advanced Mac Cleaner could be introduced to you packaged along with threats that must be deleted from your operating system. So, if you have downloaded anything offered via the Your Mac Might Be Infected fake alert, we suggest removing it right away. Even if the malware scanner you use does not identify the downloaded files and programs as threats, you want to eliminate them as soon as possible. Have you clicked any links represented via the Your Mac Might Be Infected alert? Have you called a number linked to it? Whatever you have done, make sure to act accordingly to ensure that you are safe.

The instructions you can see below are meant to help you clear browsing data. If malware exists, and it is responsible for exposing you to the Your Mac Might Be Infected scam, the reset of your browser will not help you, and you will need to delete all infections that are found. You might be able to do that manually, but our research team recommends installing anti-malware software. It will automatically detect and erase every single malicious file. Of course, whether or not malware exists, clearing browsing data is a good idea because you want to delete Your Mac Might Be Infected scam traces. For example, cookies might have been placed to spy on you, and they will not just vanish when you close the fake alert page. If you want to ask our research team some questions before you initiate the removal process, please use the comments section.

Your Mac Might Be Infected Scam Removal


  1. Launch the browser and click the Safari tab on the menu at the top.
  2. Select Preferences and then click the Privacy tab.
  3. Click the Remove All Website Data button and then click Remove Now.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch the browser and tap keys Ctrl+Shift+Delete.
  2. At the top, select the appropriate time range, and then mark all appropriate boxes.
  3. Click CLEAR NOW to clear browsing data.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch the browser and tap Ctrl+Shift+Delete keys.
  2. At the top, select the appropriate time range, and then mark all appropriate boxes.
  3. Click Clear Now to clear the browsing data.
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