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Apple Virus Warning on Iphone! True or false?

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Some iPhone users have run into a weird pop-up informing them that the virus has been detected on their iPhones. We run into a few of those ourselves and can say with complete certainty that’s a false alarm and if followed through, just one of those phishing scams that trick users. Learn how to deal with this below.

Is the virus warning on my iPhone real?

Nope. These are just scamming tactics with malicious intent. Do not tap on any similar messages that appear while browsing the web in Safari on any other browser. These phishing pop-ups can be scary and that’s just what they want from users. Usually, if you continue with the suggested procedure, you’ll get to a point where they want some personal data.

This usually comes with the suggestion of purchasing some kind of malware protection and, for that, you should provide your debit card details. So, there’s no virus and no slightest need to worry.

What to do to get rid of these pesky pop-ups? Just delete the browsing history and website cookies. After that, try to avoid websites that have these kinds of pop-ups. Or don’t, just ignore the pop-up and close the tab. It’s your choice.

One good general tip is to enable Block Pop-ups options in Safari Settings. Tap Settings > Safari and enable Block Pop-ups and Fraudulent Website Warning. That will keep you safer while browsing the interwebz.

Either way, let’s get rid of the pop-up first. To do so, as mentioned, you need to clear your browsing history and cached data from Safari. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Close Safari by swiping it away from Recents. Double-tap the Home Button or swipe from the bottom up on newer iPhones. Then locate Safari and swipe it upwards to close it.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Tap Safari.
  4. Scroll down and tap on Clear History and Website Data.
  5. Confirm and open Safari to see if the pop-up about the Virus detected on the iPhone appears again.

That should do it. Thank you for reading and feel free to share your thoughts, questions, or suggestions with us in the comments section below.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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