How To Fix Can’t Be Opened Because Apple Cannot Check For Malicious Software

Published: Last Updated on
Can't Be Opened Because Apple Cannot Check For Malicious Software

Well, This seems to be the new bugbear of the Apple world. After I just upgraded my iMac to Catalina, I happily tried to open my unsigned software from a known vendor I have been using it for a while, and BOOM, flashed this error message on my screen, and I’m like, Whaaaat!

If you are like thousands of people hit by this simple bug or “Security Feature”, Here is a quick two-second fix on How To Open the Software that throws “Can’t Be Opened Because Apple Cannot Check For Malicious Software” Error

  • Open Finder
  • Traverse through to “Applications” Folder
  • Highlight the software you are trying to Open
  • Press “control”
  • Right “Click” & Select “Open”

Related: Is CleanMyMac X Safe?

Voila… Your software should now open without any issues. Most software will open without issues after the first time, but if you encounter it again, use the same process. For some of you who like videos walkthrough, here is a nice one…


Sharing is caring!

You may also like


Louis August 27, 2021 - 3:48 am


Lisa Hayden August 27, 2021 - 9:48 am

🙂 Glad it did Louis..

Randy C Williams January 2, 2022 - 2:24 am

Wow, that was so simple, I didn’t think it would work…but it did! As a sidenote, it also works for .component plugins. Thanks!

Melissa January 15, 2022 - 1:56 am

This worked like a charm, thank you so much!

John Doe February 8, 2022 - 10:26 pm


Binh February 24, 2022 - 5:33 am

Thank you, it’s work on Mac Mini M1 Monterey 12.2.1

Comments are closed.