Avoid "Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged by (6) viruses!" scam

Also Known As: "Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged by (6) viruses!" pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to stop redirects to the "Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged by (6) viruses!" scam web page

What is "Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged by (6) viruses!"?

This scam website tricks visitors into downloading and installing various dubious applications such as fake VPN (Virtual Private Network) clients and other app types. The site claims that the device (iPhone) is infected with viruses and encourages visitors to remove them with an application. At the time of research, it offered download of an app called "Free App". We advise against downloading or installing software that is advertised on web pages such as this, or other deceptive, unofficial sites.

Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged by (6) viruses! scam

This deceptive web page is disguised as an Apple site. It states that the Apple iPhone is significantly damaged by six viruses. It goes on to state that the user's browser is damaged by trojan-type viruses, which infected it through some recently visited, corrupted pages. These viruses might apparently cause damage to sensitive data, Facebook accounts, WhatsApp messages, photos and various apps. To remove the viruses, users are encouraged to download and install the aforementioned Free App. In fact, this web page offers download and installation of other untrustworthy applications. In any case, none can be trusted. The same applies to this and all the other, similar websites.

Browsers often open these web pages when potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are installed on them. PUAs can open dubious web pages, display various ads, and gather browsing data (and other) details. They record information such as geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, IP addresses, and so on. Some PUAs might be used to record personal data. They can also display coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, banners and other annoying advertisements. If clicked, these run scripts that cause download/installation of unwanted applications, or they open untrustworthy, potentially malicious web pages.

Threat Summary:
Name "Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged by (6) viruses!" pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim This page claims that the iPhone is infected with six viruses.
Related Domains securecheckapp.com
Promoted Unwanted Application Free App. Scammers also use this web page to advertise other unwanted apps.
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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Other examples of similar scam web pages are safetyvpn[.]net, numberonevpn[.]com, and thevpnsafety[.]com. Unfortunately, there are many more. Typically, they display fake warning messages relating to 'detected' viruses/errors, and other issues that can supposedly be fixed with certain dubious applications. Do not trust these pages or apps promoted through them. Remove any installed PUAs, since they might cause problems relating to privacy, browsing safety or even identity theft.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PUAs are often installed through deceptive ads or when software developers distribute them using the "bundling" method. In any case, people do not generally install apps of this type intentionally. PUAs are distributed by including them into the download and/or installation set-ups of various software. Information regarding their inclusion in the set-ups is not properly disclosed. Developers hide offers to download and/or install PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. When people download and install software without checking or changing these settings, they often agree by default with offers to download and install other, potentially unwanted software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download software from reputable, official websites. Do not use download or installation sources or tools such as third party downloaders, installers, dubious websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g. eMule, torrent clients). These are commonly monetized by promoting potentially unwanted applications. Check all "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of the download and/or installation set-ups. Decline any offers to download and/or install unwanted software. It not safe to click intrusive ads, especially those displayed on dubious websites. They can redirect people to various web pages that cannot be trusted, or cause download/installation of PUAs (possibly, malware). Remove any unwanted, unknown extensions, plug-ins or add-ons from your browser immediately. The same should be applied to software of this kind installed on the operating systems. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Text on this scam website:

App Store
WARNING!
Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged by (6) viruses!

We have detected that your Browser is (45.4%) 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: Tab REMOVE VIRUS to install Free App from the App Store.
Step 2: Open the application to activate the latest update and remove any older (Infected) versions.
Remove Virus

Another example of "Another variant of Your Apple iPhone Is Severely Damaged by (6) Viruses!" pop-up scam:

Initial pop-up:

Another variant of Your Apple iPhone Is Severely Damaged by (6) Viruses! POP-UP Scam (sample 1)

Text presented within:

Apple iPhone is infected by (6) viruses.

If not resolved immediately, the virus will crash your cellphone, damage the SIM card and delete all your contacts.

Follow the instructions below to remove the virus.

Page displayed afterwards:

Another variant of Your Apple iPhone Is Severely Damaged by (6) Viruses! POP-UP Scam (sample 2)

Text presented within:

Virus Warning!
Your Apple iPhone has been infected with potential virus!
Click the OK button to scan your phone now
OK

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".

enable pop-up blocking 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".

enable pop-up blocking step 2

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

enable pop-up blocking 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 "your apple iphone is severely damaged by (6) viruses!" pop-up related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

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

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

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

removing adware from launch agents folder 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 same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

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

removing adware from application support folder 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.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


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

removing adware from ~launch agents folder 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 same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder 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.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure 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 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 it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

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

"Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged by (6) viruses!" pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "your apple iphone is severely damaged by (6) viruses!" pop-up related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

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

safari extensions window

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 normal browser operation.

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

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove "your apple iphone is severely damaged by (6) viruses!" pop-up related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

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

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove "your apple iphone is severely damaged by (6) viruses!" pop-up related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

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

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Tomas Meskauskas

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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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