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iPhone Fake Virus Alerts Now

We’ve become accustomed to finding these fake malware popups on computer screens on a regular basis.  They are very disturbing and warn you that your computer is thoroughly infected, that irreversible damage will occur if you don’t call their toll-free number IMMEDIATELY and lock up your computer.  You can’t get around them (at least not easily) and feel compelled to call the number – because their spiel is so convincing.

Well….

DON’T DO IT.

Now the latest iteration of this scamware is an attack on your venerable Apple IOS.  This screenshot is from an iPhone recently hit with the same type of scam.  This is not an actual virus, it is a hijacker or redirect.  It takes over your screen and tries to scare you into calling their phone number.  Once you give them control of the phone you are in real trouble.  This is when they lock up the phone permanently and then tell you to pay a ransom in order to get your phone back.  They don’t quite put it in those terms, but make no mistake.  That is exactly what they are doing.  They will hold your phone for ransom.

Again, DO NOT CALL these criminals.

The way you get yourself in this kind of trouble is by either following an email link or browsing to a hacked website.

When this happens, power off your phone.  Then power it up again.  The problem should be gone.

Then it would be nice to do a full malware scan.  Unfortunately, the way Apple secures its IOS, there is no way for a malware tool to do what it needs to do unless your phone is jailbroken.

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Name: Wizard

Short Bio:

The Computer Wizard (TCW). TCW was founded by Warren P. Harris in 1994 to service and repair computers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Relocating the business to Plano, Texas in 1999, TCW continued to flourish when an unfortunate loss of data for a wedding Mr. Harris photographed, caused him to research data recovery options. Realizing he would have to either pay someone to recover the photos or find out how to do it himself, the rest, as they say “is history”. Approached by a friend who was a Private Investigator in 2006, Mr. Harris studied for his Investigator’s license and began honing his skills in Computer Forensics. The company was renamed DFW Computer Integration in 2015.

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