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[Solve] App can't be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software

As I have already said in other articles, macOS Catalina it hardens a lot security system operating system macOS. This also comes with a series of restrictions and headaches for users. At least at this moment, when we talk about it OS in Beta and when applications have not yet been optimized for the new rules.

By default, on macOS they cannot be installed and can only run downloaded applications from App Store or applications from developers identified (identified developers).
Pe macOS Catalina Beta, I was surprised to download WhatsApp from the App Store, and when I tried to run it, it appeared to me that the application could not run, because Apple it cannot be checked by malware software.

"ID.desktop.WhatsApp.? " can't be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software.
This software needs to pe updated) Contact the developer for more information".

We know that macOS Catalina will bring you with the launch and removing support for applications on 32-bits, but this is not currently the case for the WhatsApp Desktop application. Keep in mind, though, that if you're running applications with 32-bit architecturepinyour work on Mac, it is a good idea to stay at macOS Mojave up developers will release 64-bit versions.

How to solve the error “can't be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software ”which prevents an application from being opened on macOS Catalina

First of all, this step is not indicated unless you download and install dubious applications on Mac. Avoid accessing sites that may endanger your data security.

This application launch limitation "can't be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software”Can be avoided if we allow downloading and running third-party applications, other than the App Store and from developers identified by Apple.
Resistences are found in System Preferences →  Security & Privacy, under the "Allow apps downloaded from:". "App Store"And"App Store and Identified Developers". To change these settings it is necessary to click on the padlock at the bottom left of the panel and enter the password of the system user.

As can be seen in the image above, there is nothing to check that we allow installation from third parties. Activation of this option is done through a command line executed in the Terminal.

  sudo spctl --master-disable

After executing the command line, we reopen System Preferences and notice the new option: Anywhere.

Remember that from now on you are "on your own". Applications downloaded and installed on the system will no longer be filtered by Apple.
The good part is that you will be able to run applications such as WhatsApp and others, without further adopinyou have the message: “Can't be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software ”.

Returning to the initial settings is also done from the Terminal, executing the command line:

  sudo spctl --master-enable 

After reactivation, applications that cannot be verified by malware will no longer be able to run on macOS.

[Solve] App can't be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software

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  • Muuuito obrigada. Salva a minha vída.
    This is a very important issue, but it is not the same as Firefox. Aï é demais.

  • Well functional, it helped a lot. However, I have identified another problem that I do not know how to solve, will you be able to help? If so, go ahead…
    I received this message at the end of the installation of an update on Catalina Beta
    Do you believe that?

  • а я вставляю в консоль эту команду, и у меня ничего не происходит, что делать?

    • After running the command line in the Terminal, reopen System Preferences >> Security & Privacy and activate “Anywhere”. Then reopen the application that was interrupted. Everything should work normally.

  • А если приложение даже после этих действий не загружается, в чем может быть проблема?