Www.apple.com-mac-optimization.live is an address used for a fraud scheme to trick people out of their money. The virus alert pop-ups sell fake antivirus software by claiming that “your system is infected”. Most people only see Apple.com-mac-optimization.live pop-ups when they visit an infected site or click on a bad ad, but some are constantly pestered by Apple.com-mac-optimization.live thanks to an infection in their system.
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- How Apple.com-mac-optimization.live works
- How Apple.com-mac-optimization.live spreads
- How to stop Apple.com-mac-optimization.live pop-ups
- Automatic Malware removal tools
How Apple.com-mac-optimization.live works
Apple.com-mac-optimization.live plays loud error noises and shows text that claims that “Your system is infected with 3 viruses!”. The site is an imitation of an official Apple support site. It’s also made to look more convincing by having “apple” and “mac” in its URL and Apple.com-mac-optimization.live uses the AppleCare logo, despite not being associated with it. That’s an example of malicious website spoofing and is often used for phishing and tech support scams.
Apple.com-mac-optimization.live is made to look like a security site, but it’s actually malicious:
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Apple.com-mac-optimization.live, or rather, Com-mac-optimization.live, is a fake Apple support site just like “Activation Warning Alert” is a fake Microsoft site and how the Flash Player Auto Update Daemon is actually adware. Online, there’s an abundance of fake virus alerts and update prompts that spread malware. They each have their own features, but here’s hot Apple.com-mac-optimization.live works:
- You click a link, an ad, or go to a website that had malicious code injected in it.
- The site or ad redirects you to Apple.com-mac-optimization.live.
- Apple.com-mac-optimization.live claims that “Your system is infected with 3 viruses!” and offers a system scan.
- The site pretends to do a scan and find viruses.
- Apple.com-mac-optimization.live then recommends a free antivirus program, “Advanced Mac Cleaner”.
- If you click “REMOVE VIRUSES NOW”, the site downloads a different, paid application (in my case, Cleanup My Mac).
- The downloaded program makes it look like your Mac is infected and has tons of problems. It usually finds language files and temporary files and tells you that these are errors that need to be deleted.
- Cleanup My Mac then asks you to buy its license to “fix” your Mac. It’s a third-party applications, but if you are under the impression that Apple.com-mac-optimization.live was official Apple support, you might wrongly believe that it’s endorsed by Apple.
This way, Apple.com-mac-optimization.live can hit your wallet for no good reason.
How Apple.com-mac-optimization.live spreads
A few ways exist for Apple.com-mac-optimization.live to be seen by users:
- Malicious advertising and redirects.
- Links to Apple.com-mac-optimization.live in email and social media.
- Apple.com-mac-optimization.live site opened by malware.
It’s not necessary for your Mac to be infected for you to see the Apple.com-mac-optimization.live pop-ups. It might be that you only saw it by accident. Old, abandoned sites might be hijacked by cybercriminals and redirect every other visitor to some scam site, a gambling page, or an online store. Ads on legitimate websites can open Apple.com-mac-optimization.live, too. Monetized URL shorteners also sometimes spread scams.
Links to Apple.com-mac-optimization.live and sites like it might be shared in social media and in popular messaging apps. Spam emails are also used for this purpose. If you get a letter or message with a mysterious link, be really careful – even if the message came from someone you trust, be wary because criminals use hacked accounts to spread fraud schemes to its contacts.
Finally, Apple.com-mac-optimization.live might appear because some adware on your system is forcing your browser to go there. It could be a malicious browser extension, like ProductEvent. It could also be a fake optimizer that left some unwanted software in your system.
How to stop Apple.com-mac-optimization.live pop-ups
There exist websites that are dangerous to even visit and that automatically download malicious files. Luckily, apple.com-mac-optimization.live is not one of them. If you saw this site and ignored it, you should be okay. By the way, some malicious sites take control away from you and make it impossible to close them, so you can use keyboard shortcuts like Cmd+W (for closing a browser tab) and Cmd+Alt+Esc (for forcing the browser to close).
Even if you downloaded the application that Apple.com-mac-optimization.live was promoting, as long as you didn’t run it, there’s probably no reason to be concerned. Though, I’d still recommend scanning your Mac with a real antivirus engine to make sure.
If your Mac is infected, you can scan it with an antivirus tool like Combo Cleaner. You can review your installed applications and throw out the suspicious ones. But it might be that it’s your browser that’s infected, in which case, make sure to remove unwanted extensions and clear browser data, like the cache and cookies.
Automatic Malware removal tools
How to remove Apple.com-mac-optimization.live from Safari:TopRemove malicious extensions
- Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
- Select Extensions and uninstall Apple.com-mac-optimization.live and other suspicious extensions.
- If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
- Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
- Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
TopHow To remove Apple.com-mac-optimization.live from Google Chrome:
- Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
- Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
- Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
- Select Manage Search engines
- Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
- Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
- If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
- Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings
If you are still experiencing any issues related to Apple.com-mac-optimization.live, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.
- Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
- Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
- Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.
How To remove Apple.com-mac-optimization.live from Firefox:Top
- Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
- Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Apple.com-mac-optimization.live related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
- If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
- Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
- ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
- Click on theReset Firefox button.
- Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.