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.
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.