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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Remove Apple security center (Uninstall Guide)

Tell your friends:
Apple security center is a fake virus scanner that reports non-existent infections on your computer. It is in no way associated with Apple Company. It's a JavaScript-based fake scanner that looks just like a Mac OS X Finder window. It doesn't actually scan your computer. The fake Apple security center displays predetermined list of falsified infections, e.g., Trojan.OSX.RSPlug.P, Exploit.OSX.Small, Virus.MacOS.Init17, etc. Please note, cyber criminals may use real Mac malware names in case you would search for a certain malware name to is if it actually exists. The fake virus scanner also indicates that it is part of Apple Security Alert. Apple security center distributes other malware, usually fake anti-virus software, e.g, MAC Defender, Mac Security, Mac Protector. When you click or close the fake scanner page you are prompted to download a .zip or a.mpkg file onto your Mac. Merely visiting the Apple security center scanner doesn't compromise your Mac. As long as you don't install anything, you're fine. You should protect yourself with common sense and legitimate anti-virus software. If you suspect that your computer is infected, run a full system scan with Sophos Antivirus or ESET Cybersecurity. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just encountered this last night, but clicked the first step before getting suspicious...and then finding articles like these. I do see three files downloaded yesterday "anti-malware.zip", "anti-malware.zip@0.part" and "anti-malware@0.zip". Is trashing these files sufficient, or do I need to scan/screen for more files?

Admin said...

Just remove those files and you should be fine.

Anonymous said...

What if files were actually installed and then thrown away to trash??

Anonymous said...

Accidentally downloaded and installed file. What happens now?? I did manage to throw it out right away and empty the trash. Will there be any damage done??

Admin said...

If you did manage to delete it then you should be fine. However, just to make sure that your computer is clean, run a full system scan with anti-virus software. I recommend Sophos Antivirus for Macs and ESET Cyber Security. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

It happen exactly the same to me tonight, I downloaded 4 copies of "anti-malware.zip", removed all of them without installing anything but when I want to download a picture from Google images the fake Apple Security Center keeps coming :( I don't know what to do...

PS: I already installed the antivirus softwares your recommended but they don't find anything

Thanks for your help

Admin said...

Well, it's just a fake scanner, not a virus. Antivirus applications sometimes block such websites but it's really difficult to make a filter for such fake scanner because they are changing constantly. As I said, merely visiting the Apple security center scanner doesn't compromise your Mac. As long as you don't install anything, you're fine. Just close the fake scanner. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I've been through this several times. I've followed all of the instructions, including scan, deletion, etc. The page keeps returning, and now, when I try to close that tab, it will not close. Have to force quit Safari. Real pain. Any other ideas?

Anonymous said...

Search your computer for "Activity Monitor" Open it, and kill the process called "MacDefender". That will quit the application. Next, go to your applications folder and move the application called "MacDefender" to the trash. Empty the trash. Next, go to your "Accounts" button on System Preferences. Check that there is not a "MacDefender" Login item. If there is,highlight it, and hit the minus button to remove it.

Next, Open Safari, Go to Safari Preferences, Uncheck the "Open Safe items after downloading" box at the bottom of the first tab. Now you shouldn't have the issue again, unless you intentionally install something a site downloaded for you.