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Whenever I turn on my MacBook Pro, a window opens with this message: 


Google Password Required: Enter your password for edoruan in internet accounts. 


Does anyone know what this is about? And how to get rid of it forever?


Thanks, Edo

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Looks like a virus Ed. You may have to do a factory reset on your Mac.  I have never had Google request for that. 


Just found this online:





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Thanks, Jill and Alan.


I'm too sick to try anything today. What I've been doing is clicking on 'Close' instead of 'Continue.'  Coincidently, Jill, the NYTimes says that is my last free view. 😢

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Here you go  Ed.  Hope I'm not ticking off the NY Times.


Q. I am getting a pop-up message claiming to be from Google and asking for my password. It says: “Google Password Required. Enter your password for [account name] in Internet Accounts.” It won’t go away, even if I restart my Mac. Is this malware?

A. If you get Gmail through the Mac’s Mail app and the program is having a problem, the Internet Accounts box from the System Preferences often pops up to ask for the password in order to reconnect the Mail program with the Gmail server. You may also see the Internet Accounts box if you have a Google Play, YouTube or other Google service linked to your Mac. Click the System Preferences icon in the Mac’s desktop dock and then click the Internet Accounts icon to go directly to the settings.

You can link a Mac to online sites and services through the Internet Accounts box in the System Preferences area.CreditThe New York Times
You can link a Mac to online sites and services through the Internet Accounts box in the System Preferences area.CreditThe New York Times

Google recently confirmed that a technical issue had caused a number of users to get booted out of their Google accounts. Signing back in with your password should fix the problem.


If you are concerned about your Mac’s security, log into your Gmail account on another computer or device to make sure your password still works. (This would also be a good time to update and change your Google password: After you log into Gmail, go to https://myaccount.google.com for the password settings, and to configure two-step verification.)

If you have recently changed your Gmail password through a web browser and did not update the Mac’s Mail program, you may also see alert boxes asking for the password. If you previously set up application-specific passwords, you may have to update the Mail program with that app password.

Malicious software can be very good at impersonating legitimate messages from the operating system, browser, mail program and other applications — and despite some protections, Macs are not invulnerable. Free utilities like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac or Avast Free Mac Security can scan your system, as can commercial security suites like those from Intego or Norton.

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