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Apple “Warning Virus Detected” Mac scam fix

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Malware

Apple “Warning Virus Detected” is the intrusive adware program that locks the screen of victims' browser to display fake error messages

“Warning Virus Detected” scam on AppleApple “Warning Virus Detected” virus is the technical support scan that delivers fake alerts stating about system issues or virus detection. Apple “Warning Virus Detected” is the social engineering attack which puts a browser on a full screen that gets locked and filled with fake alerts stating about malware. Once the fake alert gets on the screen, the technical support number is also provided. People are offered to call the support team so all the issues can be indicated and fixed by professionals. Unfortunately, the number hides scammers on the other side that focus on getting your personal information or money. 

“Warning Virus Detected” is a fake pop-up message that might appear on iPhones screen[1]. Typically, it shows up when users browse the web using Safari. However, it’s not a real notification by Apple because no legitimate software or tech company delivers such messages to the screen directly, especially with provided phone numbers or contact information. 

Name Apple “Warning Virus Detected” virus
Type Technical support scam
Target Apple devices
Symptoms Fake system alerts show up on the screen of the device suggest contacting support team people via the provided phone number, commercial content redirects keep the user from accessing other pages
Distribution Adware program already installed on the machine, deceptive advertisements, questionable pages
Main danger Exposes to malicious content, criminals behind the “tech support number” trick people into revealing their personal information or paying for services. Attackers can get remote access to the PC and steal information directly from the machine
Elimination Get a reliable anti-malware program and remove Apple “Warning Virus Detected” virus from the system alongside related applications

Apple “Warning Virus Detected” scam is the fake alert message that mostly appears on mobile devices like iPads or iPhones and tricks people into calling the number or in any other way contacting scammers behind this malicious program. Once the victim gets scared and concerned about the state of his or her device and calls for support scammers can ask for various things and trick people into installing software, giving the remote access to the device.

Once the scammer gets into contact with the user they can lure people into revealing valuable information or paying for the service. If remote access is gained for the supposed help, attackers can install keystroke loggers or different maleware and once the person is asked to pay for the techincal support, all the credentials get captured and stolen.

Later on, the information collected by Apple “Warning Virus Detected” campaign can be sold to a third-party attacker, used in other scams, or used to stole money from the accounts directly. Such credentials, passwords, and logins get especially valuable on the dark web forums.

Apple “Warning Virus Detected” virus belongs to the group of technical support scams because of the warning contens. The purpose of such cyber threats is to convince people calling the provided number that can differ from victim to victim, in this case, +1-800-556-2901. Apple “Warning Virus Detected” virusApple “Warning Virus Detected” message appears on the iPhones, Mac computer and other Apple devices.

Even though the pop up claims that it’s a toll-free number, dialing it is not recommended due to these reasons:

  • it might be an expensive phone call even though it is said it’s free of charge;
  • crooks might trick you into installing or purchasing suspicious security software;
  • scammers might swindle your personal information, including credit card information;
  • you might be fooled into installing spyware or other malware on your iPhone.

The Apple “Warning Virus Detected” might seem legit at first glance. It has a similar interface as regular iPhone’s notification. The alert itself claims that iOS crashed due to some third-party application:

http:/i-iphone-support.com
Warning IOS – Crash report

Due to a third party application in
yourphone.

iOS crashed

Contact Support for an immediate fix +1-800-556-2901 (Toll Free)
immediately!

If you are an attentive person, you can easily suspect “Warning Virus Detected” scam by left typos and mistakes. Several versions of the scam are spreading since 2015, asking for $80 for fixing their phones.[2] Otherwise, their personal information will be stolen and leaked.

Apple “Warning Virus Detected” scamApple “Warning Virus Detected” virus is the scam that targets iPhone users encourages to call the fake technical support line.

Additionally, iPhone users report[3] about similar pop-up messages that tell about detected viruses on the device, compromised social media and banking apps, and other privacy-related issues. Crooks also use the 1-844-423-2464, 1-800-480-4170, 0800-279 -6211, 0800-652-4895 and other numbers for fake Apple Support.

iPhone owners should remain vigilant and do not follow the instructions provided on the smartphone’s screen. Once you receive this pop-up, just close Safari’s tab. It’s possible that you have entered a compromised website that was used for delivering tech support scam. However, if these alerts continue showing up, you should put more effort to remove Apple “Warning Virus Detected” virus.

These alerts might be delivered by adware or another potentially unwanted program (PUP) that already runs on your machine. Thus, you have to uninstall it and reset Safari or another browser that delivers these warnings. Additionally, you can opt for the automatic Apple “Warning Virus Detected” removal with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or SpyHunter 5Combo CleanerApple “Warning Virus Detected” pop-ups

Scammers reach potential victims using shady techniques

Often redirects to technical support scam sites or misleading pop-ups are triggered by compromised websites. However, mobile security experts from usunwirusa.pl[4] note that it might be adware’s responsibility as well. For instance, the adware may have sneaked inside your iPhone when you downloaded a third-party app outside Apple Store or iTunes.

However, you should not believe that misleading pop-up tells the truth and your smartphone is compromised due to a particular app. All you have to do is to get rid of this cyber threat and stop installing apps from questionable stores. Choosing the official provider gives the huge advantage of seeing all the included programs and de-selecting them from the list.

You should avoid using p2p networks, torrents, freeware download sites and similar services that allow free downloads of software, updates and other content. PUP developers distribute their questionable products this way and you can even get a serious malware on the machine.

Eliminate “Warning Virus Detected” scam

If you continuously receive this pop-up, it might be the sign that your iPhone is infected with adware. Thus, in order to remove “Warning Virus Detected” virus, you have to look up for suspicious apps and uninstall them. Additionally, Safari reset is also needed:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Find Safari.
  3. Find Clear History & Website Data option and tap on it.

However, if you received a similar alert on MacBook or desktop computer, you should follow Apple “Warning Virus Detected” removal guide below or use anti-spyware tools to uninstall this cyber threat.

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To remove Apple “Warning Virus Detected” virus, follow these steps:

Erase Apple “Warning Virus Detected” from Windows systems

To remove Apple “Warning Virus Detected” from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Apple “Warning Virus Detected” (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete Apple “Warning Virus Detected” from Mac OS X system

Follow these steps to look up for Apple “Warning Virus Detected” adware and its components. Once it's done, reset Safari web browser.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Apple “Warning Virus Detected” from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Apple “Warning Virus Detected”-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Apple “Warning Virus Detected”, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Apple “Warning Virus Detected” and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Apple “Warning Virus Detected”-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Apple “Warning Virus Detected” from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Apple “Warning Virus Detected” and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Apple “Warning Virus Detected” removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Apple “Warning Virus Detected” virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Apple “Warning Virus Detected”-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall Apple “Warning Virus Detected” from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Apple “Warning Virus Detected” and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Apple “Warning Virus Detected” did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Apple “Warning Virus Detected” removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Apple “Warning Virus Detected” from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Apple “Warning Virus Detected” by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Apple “Warning Virus Detected”-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Apple “Warning Virus Detected” removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Apple “Warning Virus Detected” from Safari

Typically Safari reset helps to get rid of Apple “Warning Virus Detected” pop-ups. Thus, follow these steps to complete this procedure:

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Apple “Warning Virus Detected” and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant a full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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