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Remove “Apple iOS Alert” scam (Improved Guide) - Tutorial

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“Apple iOS Alert” scam tries to swindle money from credulous people

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“Apple iOS Alert” virus continuously redirects you to the fraudulent notification which claims that your computer is infected with spyware and you should call the Apple Care via +1-8333-370-777. Additionally, the criminals try to make the warning look genuine by claiming that all the important information on the device is at risk, including: 

  • Credit card details;
  • Email passwords;
  • Private photographs and other sensitive data;
  • The webcam can be accessed remotely to stalk you.

However, none of these claims are true. Apple iOS Alert is nothing more than an attempt to intimidate you and trick to call the criminals via provided number. Once you call, they would probably offer you to purchase an expensive and ineffective security software to get rid of the non-existent spyware. 

Additionally, Apple iOS Alert pop-up developers could ask you to give remote access to your computer to supposedly fix the problem[1]. In reality, they would try to infiltrate other computer viruses to make you continue paying for their fake support services. Likewise, you should not call the criminals under any circumstances.

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"Apple iOS Alert" scam tries to trick people into believing that their computers are infected with Pegasus spyware.

Instead, close the window or tab and remove Apple iOS Alert scam using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or any other anti-spyware software of your choice. Note that your data is currently not at risk unless you delay the malware elimination procedure or agree to give remote access to your computer.

Thus, do not make irrational decisions. We strongly recommend completing Apple iOS Alert removal as soon as possible to avoid further damage. You can check the instructions below and learn how to get rid of this fake virus alert message from your system.

Ways how adware is distributed 

VirusActivity[2] team, adware is classified as a potentially unwanted program and spreads via several ways like software-bundles and malware-laden ads. Users are suggested to monitor their online activity closely and do not click on suspicious content.

Since product bundling is a popular marketing strategy, developers of PUPs applied it to their distribution techniques as well[3]. Computer users can unconsciously install the adware together with a regular application because the information about the bundled program is not disclosed. 

However, you can protect your system from adware and other potentially unwanted programs by avoiding to choose Quick/Recommended settings of the installer. Instead, we suggest opting for Advanced/Custom ones, and de-selecting all previously checked marks which allow installing the PUP. 

Additionally, you should avoid suspicious websites and the advertising content it promotes. Adware can be infiltrated on the system via the malicious pop-up ad or another type of advertisement if you click on it. Likewise, stay away from all intrusive and potentially dangerous ads despite how genuine and legitimate they look. 

“Apple iOS Alert” virus removal procedure

Even though you might think that closing the window/tab displaying fake alert might fix the problem and protect your computer, it is not true. This is merely a temporary solution to avoid further damage. However, keeping the adware on your system will lead to continuous scam pop-ups similar to Apple iOS Alert virus.

If you want to remove Apple iOS Alert and stop seeing fake messages completely, you should get a reliable antivirus software to eliminate the potentially unwanted program. You can either use one of the recommended below or choose your own security software.

Additionally, note that Apple iOS Alert removal might also be completed manually. However, it is far more complicated than getting rid of it automatically. Also, it requires specific IT knowledge which not every regular computer user possesses. Therefore, we suggest using the instructions below which will guide you through the process.

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To remove “Apple iOS Alert” scam, follow these steps:

Get rid of “Apple iOS Alert” scam from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall “Apple iOS Alert” scam and related programs
    Here, look for “Apple iOS Alert” scam or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Remove “Apple iOS Alert” scam from Mac OS X system

To complete Apple iOS Alert virus removal, it is vital to eliminate all adware-related entries from your Mac.

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for “Apple iOS Alert” scam or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Uninstall “Apple iOS Alert” scam from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for “Apple iOS Alert” scam and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete “Apple iOS Alert” scam removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase “Apple iOS Alert” scam from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, “Apple iOS Alert” scam should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete “Apple iOS Alert” scam from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select “Apple iOS Alert” scam and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete “Apple iOS Alert” scam removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate “Apple iOS Alert” scam from Google Chrome

You can get rid of the annoying fake alerts from Chrome by deleting suspicious extensions and resetting your browser.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select “Apple iOS Alert” scam and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete “Apple iOS Alert” scam removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of “Apple iOS Alert” scam from Safari

To fix Safari, search for unknown add-ons, plug-ins and extensions. Later, remove them and reset the browser to the primary state.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for “Apple iOS Alert” scam or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete “Apple iOS Alert” scam removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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