Your Mac needs to be updated to improve compatibility Removal
What is Your Mac needs to be updated to improve compatibility
Your Mac needs to be updated to improve compatibility is a deceptive pop-up that is trying to trick you into allowing the installation of unwanted programs. The pop-up is shown by the browser, not your system, although it’s made to seem like a legitimate Apple alert you get when a program wants to make changes. The pop-up asks that you put in your username and password in order to allow the updates to be installed. However, if you engage with the pop-up, you could end up downloading unwanted programs onto your Mac.
The reason you are seeing the pop-up is either your Mac is infected with adware, or you were browsing a high-risk website that redirected you. If you’ve seen the pop-up once or twice, and usually when you browse certain websites, it’s likely the site that’s triggering the redirects. If you enable adblocker, it should prevent pop-ups and redirects. However, if you are dealing with adware, you will need to get rid of it to remove “Your Mac needs to be updated to improve compatibility” alerts permanently.
What is causing the alert to appear on your screen
It’s not unusual for users to get redirected to questionable websites when they browse high-risk sites and click on ads, etc. However, having adblocker enabled usually prevents any redirects from disrupting your browsing. So if you were redirected and shown the fake alert once or twice, you likely were simply redirected by the site you were visiting.
However, if you are redirected randomly, even when visiting your regular websites, your Mac could be infected with adware. Adware is pretty minor infection that sneaks in via free software bundles. It essentially comes attached to free software as an extra offer, and if you do not deselect it, it will install alongside. The extra offers are purposely hidden from you so that you do not deselect them. To make them visible, you will need to opt for Advanced (Custom) settings when installing free programs. Those settings will display all offers and you should be able to deselect them. Literally all you need to do is uncheck the box(es).
You can also be tricked into downloading adware. When browsing certain websites, you may have come across fake alerts claiming you need to install an update. Those alerts usually claim that you need to install a critical update and provide a button to download it. Most commonly, infections like adware are pushed as Adobe Flash Player updates. If you download and launch the fake update, you’d be taken through the installation process and end up with adware. If you are not already aware of this, legitimate update notifications will never appear in your browser. Most programs are updated automatically, and if you did need to update one manually, you would be informed about it via the program itself. And if you did need to download an update, get it from the official website, not some ad on a random website.
Are “Your Mac needs to be updated to improve compatibility” alerts legitimate
The pop-up claiming you need to update your Mac to improve compatibility will appear randomly. It’s purposely made to appear like a legitimate Apple alert that appears when a program wants to make changes. Like the legitimate Apple alert, the fake one also asks that you type in your username and password to allow the changes. Keep in mind that no legitimate alert from Apple will ever say “Your Mac needs to be updated to improve compatibility”. The best course of action when you see the fake alert would be to close the window without clicking on the alert. If you do interact with it and press “OK”, that would trigger a download of some kind of potentially unwanted program (PUP). Just downloading it wouldn’t do any harm, but the scam will try to trick you into launching the downloaded file as well.
The fake alert pops up in your browser, which immediately gives it away. Your browser will never display legitimate system alerts. So whenever you encounter alerts in your browser, you can be sure they’re fake.
“Your Mac needs to be updated to improve compatibility” removal
We recommend you scan your computer with anti-spyware software to determine whether it’s infected with adware and that’s what causing the fake alerts to appear. If that is the case, you will need to get rid of the adware to remove “Your Mac needs to be updated to improve compatibility” alerts for good. Manual removal may be difficult because you’d need to find all adware related files.