Do you know what Your Mac Might Be Infected is?
Your Mac Might Be Infected is a fake alert that MAC users might find displayed on their screens. There is one of two possible reasons why you see it. First, it was displayed on your screen because you opened an untrustworthy website or clicked on a malicious link and thus got redirected further to a dubious domain with the fake alert. Second, there is an untrustworthy program, e.g. an adware program installed on the system. If you do not know anything about its installation, it does not mean that you do not have this threat installed on your computer. Specialists say that fake alerts are usually shown to users with the intention of scaring them into downloading suspicious software or dialing the telephone number they contain. Do not perform any of these activities. If you ever find a fake alert displayed on your screen, close it right away. You should be able to do this by closing your web browser or clicking X in the top-right corner, but we cannot guarantee that you will not see it again after closing it. If the fake alert is displayed to you because you have malicious software installed on your computer, it will reappear on your screen again soon. In such a case, you will no longer see it only after you erase malware from your computer.
Your Mac Might Be Infected is a typical scam whose only purpose is to push users into taking certain action ASAP. For example, it might tell you that you need to click the Download link, download and install a reliable tool, and then use it to clean your system. Make sure you do not click on any links fake alerts contain because you might install malicious software on the system yourself. If you can find a telephone number on Your Mac Might Be Infected, and you are told that you must to contact technicians to remove damaging malware from the system as soon as possible, ignore the number you see completely because there is basically no doubt that you will contact cyber criminals if you make a call. They will try to sell you useless software, convince you that you need to pay for malware removal service, or they might simply want to connect to your PC remotely so that they could “clean” the system. In reality, they will only steal personal information and/or install new malicious software from the system. We can assure you that malicious software the fake alert has informed you about is not installed on your computer. Because of this, you do not need to do anything to remove it. Just close the fake alert and do whatever it takes to make it gone forever.
If Your Mac Might Be Infected keeps appearing on your screen no matter what you do, and you have found it impossible to get rid of it, there is no doubt that closing the fake alert will not be an effective solution to the problem in this case. You will get rid of it only by finding and erasing malicious software installed on your computer. Most probably, this program is an advertising-supported application (adware). You could have installed it together with other programs because such suspicious applications are distributed bundled with various third-party programs. No doubt you will erase it from your system one way or another, but it does not mean that you will not encounter similar software in the future. Luckily, it is possible to prevent this from happening. You will be safe when you install a security application designed for MAC computers.
If you cannot close Your Mac Might Be Infected by closing this fake pop-up or the web browser you use, you should go to reset all your browsers to default settings because it seems that their settings have been altered to display the fake alert automatically. You should remove all suspicious applications too because they might be the ones responsible for the sudden appearance of Your Mac Might Be Infected.
How to remove Your Mac Might Be Infected
Delete suspicious software
- Go to the Applications folder.
- Drag undesirable software from this folder to Trash.
- Open Mozilla Firefox.
- Click the menu button (top-right corner).
- Click Help and select Troubleshooting information.
- Click Refresh Firefox at the top of the page.
- Launch Google Chrome.
- Click the menu button (top-right corner).
- Select Settings.
- At the bottom, click Advanced.
- Click Reset.
- Open Safari.
- Open the Safari menu.
- Select Clean History… from the drop-down menu.
- Choose the desired period and click Clear History.
- Select Preferences… from the Safari menu.
- Click Advanced.
- Tick the box next to Show Develop menu in menu bar.
- Open the Develop tab and select Empty Caches.
- From Preferences…, access Extensions.
- Uninstall suspicious extensions.
- Access the Security tab.
- Remove the tick from the Allow Plug-ins box.
- Restart your browser.
In non-techie terms:
If you ever discover Your Mac Might Be Infected, remove it immediately because it is not a genuine notification. Instead, cyber criminals use it to scare users into downloading promoted software or, in some cases, dialing the provided telephone number belonging to “experienced specialists”. Therefore, ignore and close it right away. If it reappears, it means that you continue visiting suspicious websites, or you have some kind of untrustworthy application installed on your computer. If it is the latter case, make it disappear.