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Remove redirects to "Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged" scam sites

Also Known As: "Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged" pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is "Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged"?

"Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged" (also known as "Your Apple iPhone is severely compromised") is a scam that deceptively encourages people to download a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that should be used to remove viruses that this scam website has supposedly detected.

There are many similar scams, which typically show fake virus alerts and encourage visitors to take immediate action (download a PUA). These sites are often opened by other unwanted apps already installed on the system. Therefore, people do not generally visit websites of this type intentionally.

Research shows that the error messages are delivered by numberonevpn[.]com, safetyvpn[.]net, mobillevpn[.]info, thevpnsafety[.]com, seriusvpn[.]com, backupvpn[.]com, seriousvpnp[.]com, and other rogue websites.

Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged scam

"Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged" scam overview

This scam web page displays a pop-up that states that the iPhone has been compromised and suggests that the victim take immediate action. When the window is closed, the scam website shows a warning stating that the iPhone is damaged by 13 viruses.

Visitors are informed that their Apple phones are infected with browser trojans that might affect their Facebook accounts, WhatsApp messages, photos, and other applications. This web page recommends that users remove these threats with the DotBlock app, which is created by Software Setup, LLC.

This app can be downloaded by clicking the "Remove Virus" button. It then leads to the official Apple App Store page. We advise against using applications advertised through deceptive web pages such as this. Ignore these sites and do not trust the apps promoted on them.

Scam websites are often opened due to PUAs installed on browsers or operating systems. When installed, they feed users with ads (adware) and gather browsing information. They display various coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other unwanted ads that, when clicked, cause unwanted downloads/installations or open dubious web pages.

Furthermore, these apps often continually collect browsing-related information. For example, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations and other similar data. Developers share the details with third parties who misuse private data to generate revenue.

In some cases, these other parties are cyber criminals. PUAs can be the reason behind problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and identity theft. Remove all PUAs immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name "Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged" pop-up
Threat Type Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim This scam page claims that the visitor's iPhone is infected with viruses
Related Domains geparvpn[.]com, backupvpn[.]com, numberonevpn[.]com, incognito-secure[.]online, usa.appius-dae[.]com, msgbrand[.]com, lztrackplus[.]com, techprotect[.].xyz, ressivill[.]com
Serving IP Addresses (geparvpn[.]com, backupvpn[.]com) 104.27.157.208, 104.27.153.103
Detection Names (geparvpn[.]com) CRDF (Malicious), ESET (Phishing), Kaspersky (Phishing), Trustwave (Malicious), Full list of detections (VirusTotal)
Promoted Unwanted Applications DotBlock, Shield VPN
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Scam website examples

The Internet is full of scam websites. Some other examples are apple.com-shield-devices[.]live, apple.com-scan-mac[.]live, and apple.com-shield[.]live. Typically, these web pages deceptively advertise PUAs and attempt to trick visitors into believing that their computers (or phones) are infected.

PUAs are often responsible for opening these web pages and are all very similar. Typically, they gather data, cause unwanted redirects, and display ads.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Research shows that unwanted apps are usually downloaded and installed inadvertently without users' knowledge. This is caused through clicked intrusive ads or during download or installation of other software. PUAs are often promoted by bundling them into various download or installation set-ups.

Furthermore, these details are not legitimately disclosed - information relating to bundled apps is usually hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other parts of the set-ups. People often leave them unchanged, thus allowing unwanted downloads/installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not download programs from dubious websites, via Peer-to-Peer networks or other dubious channels. The best way to download is using official sites. Study each setup for "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings and dismiss unwanted applications before completing the process.

Various intrusive ads redirect people who click them to potentially malicious web pages, especially if they are displayed on other websites relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating etc. If there are suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on your browser, removethem immediately.

These apps might be the reason for unwanted redirects, ads, and other problems. Also uninstall unwanted programs from the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in the pop-up window:

Your iPhone Has Been Compromised

Immediate Action Is Required!

Screenshot of the second web page of this scam:

second page of Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged scam

Text in this web page:

WARNING!
Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged by 13 viruses!
We have detected that your Browser is (67.5%) DAMAGED by BROWSER TROJAN VIRUSES picked up while surfing recent corrupted sites.
Immediate action is required to prevent it from spreading and infecting sensitive data like your Facebook account, Whatsapp messages photos and private applications.
Here is how you can solve this in just a few seconds (Step by Step)
Step 1: Tap REMOVE VIRUS to install DotBlock from the App Store.
Step 2: Open the application to activate the latest update and remove any older (Infected) versions.

Appearance of "Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged" scam (GIF):

apperance of Your Apple iPhone is severly damaged scam page in GIF

DotBlock application in Apple App Store:

DotBlock on apple store

Shield VPN application in Apple App Store:

Your Apple iPhone Is Severely Damaged promoting Shield VPN unwanted application

Update August 26th, 2019 - Another application called Outlaw VPN has been discovered delivering "Your Apple iPhone Is Severely Damaged" on mobile devices:

Outlaw VPN in App Store

Screenshot of "Your Apple iPhone Is Severely Damaged" pop-up scam displayed on iPhone:

Your Apple iPhone Is Severely Damaged pop-up scam in iPhone

Another screenshot of this scam opened on an iPhone:

scam website when using iphone

Another variant of this scam error displayed on an iPhone:

Your Apple iPhone Is Infected By (17) Viruses on an iPhone (sample 2)

Another example of this pop-up scam:

Your Apple iPhone Is Severely Damaged pop-up scam (2020-07-29)

Text presented within this message:

ATTENTION - Viruses found!
Your Apple is severely damaged by (39) viruses! Soon your Apple SIM card will be corrupt and it will damage your contacts, photos, data, applications, etc..

To enable pop-up blocking, fraudulent website warnings, and remove web browsing data in mobile Apple devices, follow these steps:

First, go to "Settings", and then scroll down to find and tap "Safari".

remove pop-ups and clear cache step 1

Check if the "Block Pop-ups" and "Fraudulent Website Warning" toggles are enabled. If not, enable them immediately. Then, scroll down and tap "Advanced".

disable pop-ups and clear cache step 2

Tap "Website Data" and then "Remove All Website Data".

disable pop-ups and clear cache step 3

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX", "NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove adware-related files and folders

Mac Go To Folder step

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

Mac removing related files and folders - step 1Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 2

In the "LaunchAgents" folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - "installmac.AppRemoval.plist", "myppes.download.plist", "mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist", "kuklorest.update.plist", etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 2Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/Application Support/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/Application Support/

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 2

In the "Application Support" folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, "MplayerX" or "NicePlayer", and move these folders to the Trash.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 3Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 2

In the "LaunchAgents" folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - "installmac.AppRemoval.plist", "myppes.download.plist", "mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist", "kuklorest.update.plist", etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 4Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 1

In the "Go to Folder..." bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 2

In the "LaunchDaemons" folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example "com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist", "com.myppes.net-preferences.plist", "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist", "com.avickUpd.plist", etc., and move them to the Trash.

Mac removing malware related files and folders - step 5Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps correctly, your Mac should be clean of infections. To ensure your system is not infected, run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file, double click combocleaner.dmg installer. In the opened window, drag and drop the Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates its virus definition database and click the "Start Combo Scan" button.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide; otherwise, it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Remove malicious extensions from Internet browsers

Safari iconRemove malicious Safari extensions:

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 1

Open the Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 2

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for regular browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) and select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a pop-up scam?

Basically, pop-up scams are messages designed to trick users into performing certain actions. For example, victims can be lured into downloading/installing and/or purchasing software, registering for bogus services, disclosing private data, making monetary transactions, calling fake helplines, and so forth.

What is the purpose of a pop-up scam?

Scams are primarily used to generate revenue. Cyber criminals can profit by acquiring funds through deception, promoting software, abusing or selling sensitive information, proliferating malware, and so on.

Why do I encounter fake pop-ups?

Pop-up scams are run on untrustworthy websites. Most users enter such pages via redirects caused by sites using rogue advertising networks, mistyped URLs, spam browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, or installed adware.

Will Combo Cleaner protect me from pop-up scams?

Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning visited websites and detecting suspicious and malicious ones. Sites that promote pop-up scams are also included in these categories. Therefore, you will be warned immediately, and further access to such websites will be blocked.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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