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How to remove a porn virus warning from Apple on a Mac

Fear makes most people gullible. And the terrifying sight of ‘porn virus alerts’ can leave users desperate to save their devices, data and confidential information. However, don’t act now, the message seems to be a scam, and we can help you remove porn virus alerts from Apple with simple and effective steps.

How to remove pornographic virus alert from Apple on Mac
How to remove pornographic virus alert from Apple on Mac

What is a porn virus warning?

If there is one thing, toxic people, especially scammers, know how to cause fear in people and eat it. And the porn virus warning is just that. Mac and Windows users are experiencing a sudden pop-up while surfing the web.

This well-designed pop-up looks like a real warning from Apple/Microsoft and clearly states something on these lines

Virus warning from Apple

Porn virus warning from Apple
The notice also warns users that their device is blocked because they have sent viruses over the internet, used hacked or illegal software, accessed illegal pornography, or something like that. It also advises them not to close the window or restart the device.

Don’t call the number.

Users can also hear a robotic voice warning them to contact Apple immediately. And conveniently, a phone number is displayed that will help you solve the problem. But obviously, that’s not Apple’s Support number.

To put more pressure on users, the pop-up locks the browser and doesn’t allow them to use any other sites. However, if you’re stuck in such a situation, don’t give in to what the hacker/scammer wants and follow the following instructions to remove this virus warning from Apple.

Signs that virus warnings from Apple are fakes

Before moving on to remedies, let’s first calm our heart rate and make sure that the virus warning from Apple is not real. Although everything looks quite legitimate, there will be signs of its tampering.

First and foremost, the URL in the address bar. It will be some random string of characters followed by a suspicious .net or .com address, not apple’s usual support.apple.com.

Moreover, companies like Apple or Microsoft won’t use such scare tactics and pressure you to call random phone numbers or ask for payments to be resolved. Their style is more subtle; in the event of a real virus or attempt to block; you will receive the official error code, legitimately edited email ID, etc.

How to remove porn virus alerts on Mac

1. Force exit from the browser

The first action is to remove this message and revoke the block placed on your browser. Usually, the Command + Q keys will perform the trick and close the browser immediately. Even so, it would be wiser to force it out and stop all background processes.

Note: The steps will remain the same whether you’re using Safari, Chrome, or other browsers.

Press Option + Command + Esc to call the Force Quit menu.
Select the browser from the list and click Force Exit.

Alternatively, you can also go to the Apple Menu and select Force Quit to open this menu and close the browser.

Make sure this setting is turned off

The above method will not work if the browser is set to reopen the last session when restarting, as the warning page will reappear. To solve that problem, go to the browser’s option or press Command + Comma. Search for start page options and select a new tab.

As a precaution, remove the cache and history from the browser to avoid a repeat of the fake virus warning immediately.

2. Stop suspicious processes in Activity Monitoring

While your browser and Mac may be working again, the malware may still be hiding under layers somewhere. So catch it and stop it.

Press Command + Space to call for Spotlight search.
Search for Activity Monitor and click on the app from the results,
Here, look for any suspicious or unrecognized processes using high CPU% of the CPU.
If found, select the process and click Stop (icon X) from the top bar.
Click Exit or Force exit to stop the process of running in the background.

3. Delete newly installed apps or extensions from your Mac

Often, warnings about porn viruses are caused by bad online advertising or unprotected websites. But newly downloaded or unrecognized software or browser extensions can be the root cause of the problem. So find and clear the culprit.

Via Finder

Open Finder and go to the Apps folder.
Check the modified Date section to detect a recently downloaded/used app.
If you detect unrecognized/unwanted software, delete it.
(Use sub-click (two fingers) and select Switch to The Barrel or drag and drop into the Barrel)

Via Safari / Chrome / other browsers

Open the browser and press Command + Comma to see Preferences.
Search for extensions and select them.
Select the unrecognized/unwanted extension from the list and delete it.

Browse viruses

Consider this a ‘just to be sure’ solution. Smart malware cannot be caught so easily because they are often hidden in system files. To detect and remove any malware more thoroughly, use this in-depth guide on how to remove malware from your Mac.

The software I use is CleanMyMac X because it serves as a software cleanup and detection application.

How to avoid such virus warnings from Apple

After your Mac is cleaned from malware and working smoothly again, it’s time to take some protections.

Install the Ad Blocker extension on your browser – This will prevent such scary fake ads from appearing on your screen.
Notice repeat perpetrators – If you feel a warning appear after you visit a certain website, try and avoid that site.
Install anti-malware software – Although the Mac is less susceptible to malware than Windows, it is not immune. So, an antivirus application would be a good investment.

Signing off

While I still assume that you and I do not encounter such porn virus warnings. But even if you encounter such scams, I ask you to keep a calm head and before starting to panic, at least confirm whether the threat is true or not.

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