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Ignore the Your iPhone was hacked after visiting an Adult website scam

Also Known As: Your iPhone was hacked after visiting an Adult website pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is "Your iPhone was hacked after visiting an Adult website"?

There are various ways to trick users into downloading and installing potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). One of them is design websites to display a fake virus notification (or multiple notifications) claiming that a device is infected with a virus (or a number of viruses) and encouraging to remove it with a certain PUA.

It is important to mention that users do not visit websites showing fake virus, error notifications intentionally. In most cases, these pages get opened after clicking on some dubious ads, visiting other pages of this kind. Also, they can be opened by some PUA that is already installed on the operating system or a browser.

Your iPhone was hacked after visiting an Adult website scam

This page shows a fake iOS system notification claiming that visitor's iPhone has been hacked and infected with 78 viruses after visiting an adult website. That fake message also claims that those viruses are not deleted in two minutes, then they will delete all contacts, photos and damage the SIM card.

In order to download the app that is supposed to remove detected viruses, the fake notification encourages a visitor to tap the "Remove all Viruses" button. It is noteworthy that deceptive pages that display bogus virus, error, or other warnings can be used to advertise legitimate applications available for download on the App Store.

However, it is never recommended to trust pages that show fake notifications to trick visitors into downloading and installing apps. Even if the apps promoted through them are legitimate.

These pages can be used to promote malicious applications, adware, and other unwanted software. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, users do not visit such pages by themselves.

It is common for deceptive websites to be promoted through apps (PUAs) that most users download and install on their devices unknowingly. It is worthwhile to mention that apps of this kind are likely to be designed to generate advertisements and (or) gather various data.

They can display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, or other advertisements to promote untrustworthy pages. Sometimes such ads are designed to cause unwanted downloads, installations by running certain scripts.

Examples of details that PUAs collect are geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses. There are PUAs on the Internet that can access sensitive information.

Usually, PUAs gather information for their developers so they could use it for marketing purposes, sell it to third parties (potentially cybercriminals) or monetize it in other ways.

It is recommended not to have any PUAs installed on a browser or the operating system. They could be the reason behind issues related to online privacy, web browsing safety, or other problems.

Threat Summary:
Name Your iPhone was hacked after visiting an Adult website pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim iPhone is hacked and infected with 78 viruses
Related Domain yourmaximumsafety[.]com
Serving IP Address 37.140.192.209
Promoted Unwanted Application SecureOneSafe
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.
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More examples of deceptive websites using scare tactics to trick visitors into downloading and installing a potentially unwanted application are "Your Apple iPhone May Be Severely Damaged By Viruses!", "Your System Is Infected With 3 Viruses", and "Device Infected After Visiting An Adult Website".

It is important to remember that these notifications do not come from a legitimate Apple website. Most of the websites that display fake virus warnings are designed to look like Apple pages, however, they are not related to any of the official company's pages.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

It is common that users download and install various potentially unwanted applications through downloaders, installers for other software - when those applications are included in those downloaders or installers as additional offers. Usually, included potentially unwanted apps are mentioned can be declined  (opted out) via "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", or other settings, or by unticking some checkboxes.

Although, not all users check and change the settings mentioned above. By leaving those settings unchanged (or checkboxes ticked) users allow for potentially unwanted apps to be downloaded or installed together with software that is bundled with them.

In some cases, users cause unwanted downloads or installations via deceptive advertisements - by clicking on ads designed to run certain scripts. It is worthwhile to mention that those ads appear mainly on questionable, potentially malicious pages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Applications, files should be downloaded only from legitimate, official pages. Downloads from unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, etc., can be malicious.

Third-party, unofficial installers can be malicious too. Therefore, they should not be used.

Furthermore, downloaders and installers that have settings like "Custom", "Advanced" (or checkboxes) should be checked for unwanted offers. Quite often, those settings can be used to opt out bundled potentially unwanted applications.

Advertisements that appear on untrustworthy websites (e.g., on pages related to pornography, gambling, adult dating) cannot be trusted. It is common that those ads are used to promote various untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or distribute PUAs by designing them to start unwanted download, installation processes.

Unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) installed on a web browser and programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed. 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 this scam page:

78 viruses were found

Your iPhone was hacked after visiting an Adult website and 78 viruses were found! If this problem is not resolved within two minutes, the viruses will delete all your contacts and photos, and the SIM card will be damaged!

1 minute 43 seconds

How to remove all viruses:

Step 1: Click the "Remove all Viruses" button below;

Step 2: You will be redirected to the AppStore;

Step 3: Install the SecureOneSafe app, open it and run the cleaning procedure

Remove all Viruses

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 your iphone was hacked after visiting an adult website 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.

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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.

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

Your iPhone was hacked after visiting an Adult website pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove your iphone was hacked after visiting an adult website 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 was hacked after visiting an adult website 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 was hacked after visiting an adult website 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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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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