Most people are quickly worried about virus warnings, which is why scammers exploit them through fakes. This is the case with recent “pornographic virus alert” messages claiming to be from Apple.
If you see any of these messages, don’t believe it. We’ll find out how these alerts work and how to get rid of them.
What is a pornographic virus warning?
When you browse the Internet on your Mac, you may see a sudden pop-up window that says “VIRUS ALERT FROM APPLE” or “PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT OF APPLE”. This alerts you that your computer has been blocked because it sent viruses to the Internet, used hacked or illegal software, used illegal pornography, or the like.
An alert usually appears as a pop-up at the top of your browser, next to blocks of text in the background, alerting you to strange activity on your computer. You may also hear a robotic sound alerting you to contact Apple immediately.
To “solve” the problem, the alarm shows the phone number you want to call. It claims that this will lead you to Apple support, but of course that is not true.
And leading you to do what the scammers want, a pop-up will often lock your browser. If you don’t know how to force it to shut down, you may feel like you have no choice but to call the scammers.
Are porn viruses real?
Before we show you how to stop this viral behavior, you may be wondering why you see notifications about these pornographic viruses. As it turns out, this is a fake virus message
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. You have not done anything illegal; all claims in the ad are complete.
The phone number doesn’t go to Apple support – it leads to scammers who want you to pay for a “virus removal” you don’t need. Remember, legitimate companies like Apple don’t use these scary tactics and try to get you to call random numbers.
While the virus pop-up may look official because the top toolbar resembles an Apple site, check the address bar URL (if it appears) for another fake light. Many of these pop-ups are random characters that follow cloudfront.net – far from the actual support.apple.com site.
Remove pornographic virus alerts from your Mac
Let’s look at steps to close and prevent these alarms in the future. We have already watched how to block alerts for “Microsoft” pornographic viruses
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, so see these steps if you are also using Windows.
1. Close the browser
First, you want to turn off the fake alarm so that you can use your computer properly. The easiest way to do this is to close your browser completely, whether you’re using Safari, Chrome, or something else.
To exit the current application on your Mac, press Cmd + Q. This will close Safari and Firefox right away, but you’ll have to keep it from closing Chrome. Reopen your browser and you should be away from the previous nonsense in the new window.
If the standard method does not work, you need to do force close application instead.
After closing, a problem may occur if your browser is set to open the last session automatically when it starts. In that case, it will load a fake virus page. You can work around this by holding Transfer button by clicking the Safari icon in the Dock to download a new session.
If Safari isn’t pinned to the Dock, browse applications folder in the Finder and drag it to the Dock to pin it. Otherwise, you can pin an app by right-clicking it in the Dock when it’s open and selecting Options> Hold in Dock.
This Transfer the trick does not work in other browsers. As a result, if you have set them to reopen the last session, you will need to change that setting. Press Cmd + comma open settings panel in your browser and look for an option like At start-up or [Browser] opens to automatically disable downloading the previous session.
2. Check for unwanted software
Most of the time, these pornographic virus warnings are not related to any information on your computer. Because they load from bad online ads, you don’t have much control over them.
However, it is a good idea to check for unwanted software when you see these alerts. It is possible that it appeared in the case you installed on your computer or in a browser extension or plug-in.
Towards the head applications In the Finder folder to see what you’ve installed and remove anything you don’t recognize or no longer need. Sort by update Date shows the applications you recently installed that are more likely to cause the problem.
For more control, check out best ways to remove apps from your Mac
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You should also look at your browser extensions and settings to see if any malware has entered. In Chrome, go to three points. menu and select More Tools> Extensions to see what you have installed and disable everything you do not trust.
Press in Safari Cmd + comma open settings panel and see extensions tab to verify what you have installed.
It’s also smart to check your home page, your new tab page, and your default search engine in the general settings for each browser to make sure they’re what you expect. Finally view Mac startup items
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if you want to make sure nothing is set to work when you start up.
3. Scan for malware
We recommend using the free version Malware for Mac perform a scan and see if it finds anything. If you are using the software for the first time, it will prompt you to start a free trial of Malwarebytes Premium. This is not necessary for a quick scan, but it also does not damage.
Avoid future virus warning windows
Once you are able to get out of the fake alerts page and to ensure that your system is free of unwanted software, you need to keep an eye on this behavior in the future.
Unfortunately, because this pop-up usually appears in fraudulent ads, you can’t fully control whether you see it. The best step you can take is to avoid shady websites that are more likely to have malicious ads. But these can come from anywhere when bad players are playing the system to associate them with Google Ads and the like.
If you find pop-ups always appear on one site, try to avoid it in the future. And if they appear on multiple sites, then, for example, an extension Privacy circuit might help.
Apple’s virus warnings are false
Now you know what these fake pornographic virus alerts are about Apple, how to deal with them and what you can do to avoid them in the future. I hope you never come across them again, but luckily it’s easy to get rid of them when they show up.
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