Do not trust the YOUR IPHONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED fake virus alert

Also Known As: YOUR IPHONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove apps that promote a page with YOUR IPHONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED fake virus notification?

What is YOUR IPHONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED scam?

There are many scam websites designed to display a fake virus alert, a pop-up window that suggest that user's device is infected. These websites often are designed to look like official Apple pages and usually contain a "Remove Virus" button linking user to a supposed security application. Simply said, such pages are designed to trick a user into downloading and installing some potentially unwanted application (PUA).

YOUR IPHONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED scam

This particular page says that user's iPhone has been compromised and a browser is completely infected with a Trojan that got installed via some recently visited websites. Also, it tells that if a user will not remove the supposedly detected threats with an app that can be downloaded via the provided link, then user's credit card details, social network accounts and browsing history will be stolen by cyber criminals. In conclusion, websites like this one are designed to scare the user into downloading some PUA that supposed to remove threats that do not exist. It is worthwhile to mention that it is not common for users to visit such pages on purpose. Quite often such pages get opened via other shady pages, deceptive ads or by PUAs that users have installed on their device (or browser).

PUAs can be designed not only to promote shady pages but also to collect IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations and/or other browsing data or even sensitive, personal details. What is worse, gathered data could be monetized by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals), or misused for other malicious purposes. Also, PUAs can be designed to generate advertisements (coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc.). It is common that their ads are designed to promote untrustworthy pages or even cause unwanted downloads, installations by running certain scripts.

Threat Summary:
Name YOUR IPHONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim iPhone has been compromised and infected with a Trojan
Related Domains datinglocate[.]com, thesingledate[.]com, myhotsingles[.]com, flirter-er[.]com, sexyfinders[.]com, ok-yourlovers[.]com, erotclub[.]com, flirty-dates[.]com, adultlockator[.]com, systemtechnotify[.]com, oc-systemnotice[.]com, vpnprotectors[.]com, protect-os[.]com, ios-protector[.]com, reportsbrowser[.]com, browsereport[.]com, app-reports[.]com, systemmobi[.]com, reportsystem24[.]com, safesystemapp[.]com, tech-notify24[.]com
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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More examples of scam pages that are similar to this one are moderation-support[.]network, securitycheck[.]network and spaceshellvpn[.]com. All of them are disguised as official Apple pages, however, none of the official Apple pages have anything to do with such scams. If a browser opens websites of this kind regularly, then it is very likely that it has some PUA installed on it, or an app of this type is installed on the operating system.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

One of the most popular ways to distribute PUAs is to include them in download and/or installation setups of other programs as additional offers. This distribution method is called "bundling". Users download and/or install PUAs together with other programs when they do not decline unwanted offers. Usually it can be done via "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings (or by unticking certain checkboxes) of download and/or installation setups. Sometimes PUAs are distributed via advertisements by designing them to run certain scripts. Users download and/or install PUAs by clicking those ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should not be downloaded from unofficial websites, through torrent clients, eMule and other Peer-to-Peer networks, third party downloaders, etc., or installed via third party installers. It should be downloaded only official pages and via direct links. Download and/or installation setups that have settings should be always checked for offers to download and/or install PUAs and those offers should be declined. Additionally, it is recommended not to trust ads on dubious websites. Those ads could open untrustworthy sites or cause unwanted downloads, or even installations. Also, there should not be any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser or programs of this kind installed on 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 in the pop-up window:

YOUR IPHONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED
Immediate Action Is Required!
OK

Screenshot of the background page:

your iphone has been compromised background

Text in this page:

Apple Security Thursday 7 January 2021
We have detected that your browser is completely infected with Trojan Virus picked up on recently visited sites.


Immediate action is required, otherwise you will lose your bank card details, social network accounts, and your browser history will be stolen by hackers.

Here is how you can solve this in just a few seconds (Step by Step)

Step 1: Tap REMOVE VIRUS to install trusted Security App from the App Store.

Step 2:Open the app and follow the instructions to protect your device.
Remove Virus

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

Instant automatic Mac malware removal: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Mac malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
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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 iphone has been compromised 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 IPHONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove your iphone has been compromised 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 iphone has been compromised 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 iphone has been compromised 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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