About Apple wants to make changes Scam
Apple wants to make changes Scam refers to fake pop-ups that claim Apple wants to make changes according from Freshmarketer Review. Mac users are asked to permit the changes by providing their usernames and passwords. The scam is imitating the legitimate pop-ups, like “Finder wants to make changes”, which ask users to authorize an action by entering their user password.
These pop-ups are very likely caused by adware or some other potentially unwanted program. If you fall for it and provide your login credentials, the infection on your computer can then use those credentials to install malware on your computer. Thus, changing the password, as well as scanning the computer with anti-malware is necessary. It’s not the end of the world if you fall for the scam and give away your details, but prompt action is necessary. If you do not change your password, perform a scan and delete Apple wants to make changes Scam, much more dangerous malware could enter your computer.
The pop-ups might appear over and over again, which further signals that adware is the cause. Adware is a relatively minor infection that basically shows you advertisements, or in this case fake computer alerts. It can install via the bundling method, which means you would likely not notice it. It would be added to freeware as an extra offer that is permitted to install alongside. In the following section, we will explain what you can do to prevent these unwanted installations.
Why are you seeing the pop-ups?
They are likely caused by adware, which could have installed without your explicit permission. Adware, among other unwanted programs, use the bundling method, which is basically adding unwanted programs to freeware. The added offers are preselected to install alongside the program so to prevent them from doing so, you need to manually deselect them. This is not difficult to do as you just need to pay attention to how you install programs. During installation, choose Advanced (Custom) settings and when added offers become visible, deselect them. All you need to do is uncheck the boxes for those offers. None of those offers will benefit you thus, whenever you install a program, make sure you always deselect the offers. You should also choose your download sources more carefully. At least avoid websites that are known to bundle software with potentially unwanted programs.
Users report that the pop-ups appear constantly, claiming that Apple wants to make changes. The exact changes are not specified, users are just asked to allow them by providing their usernames and passwords. The pop-up looks almost legitimate, except for the fact that it says “Apple” wants to make changes. More observant Mac users will know that the legitimate pop-ups asking for authorization never say “Apple”. There is no reason they would, seeing as Apple is the company behind Macs, and not the name of the operating system. And generally, when changes need to be authorized, it will say “Finder” instead of “Apple”. However, otherwise, the pop-up looks highly similar to the real one, so it’s not unlikely that users will fall for it.
The pop-up appears at random times, which kind of gives it away. You usually aren’t randomly asked to permit some kind of changes. The real pop-up usually appears when you yourself are doing something, like installing a program. If it appears out of the blue, you should always be suspicious because it could be malware asking for permission to carry out some kind of malicious activity. This particular fake pop-up is probably trying to get your login credentials for later use. Nevertheless, you need to scan your computer for malware, whether you entered your details or not. If you have, you need to change your password immediately as your credentials could be used to install serious malware on your computer.
Apple wants to make changes Scam removal
Whether you revealed your credentials or not, you still need to scan your computer with anti-malware software. Choose a reliable program that is compatible with your Mac, scan your device and get rid of all possible threats. You can try to uninstall Apple wants to make changes Scam manually, but it may prove to be too time-consuming. Nonetheless, we will provide instructions below this article to help you.
You can change your user password by following the instructions:
System Preferences (the gear icon located in your Dock) -> Users & Groups. Select the user whose password you’d like to change and press the Change Password button. Follow the instructions that appear.
In the future, make sure you install programs properly and choose your sources better in order to avoid being put into this situation again.