As technology becomes more integral parts of our daily lives, the threat of cyber theft grows more rampant and in the most inconspicuous of ways. Lately, their fraud efforts have been centered on iPad pop-up messages or warnings. They seem convincing enough that people do not realize they are falling right into the cybercrooks trap.
Before they know it, their browsing routines are interrupted, their systems are infected, and their personal information is at risk. Whether you have been affected by these malicious false alerts or not, there are some easy ways to stop these misleading warnings from appearing on your iPad web browsers.
How Do You Know That It Is Fake?
Apple operating systems have built-in defense mechanisms that protect them from current security issues. However, Apple strives to keep user experiences as uncomplicated as possible. As such, these security measures do not interfere with the user’s usage of their mobile device.
Meanwhile, cyber thieves utilize false security notifications to access sensitive information from your mobile device. Their fraudulent alerts tend to interrupt an internet session followed by an immediate redirection from a user’s normal web traffic.
Whereas normal Apple security protocols do not restrict any normal device activity, deceptive alerts will isolate the user’s internet activity.
How Does the Scam Start?
This scam begins long before the pop-up message appears. It starts when a user might be installing a third-party application from a suspicious software download site. Within this installation process, cybercrooks have disguised stealth adware. This turns the application download into a booby trap, adding additional codes that weakens the defenses of a user’s device.
After installation takes place, the unsafe program or application modifies the browsers’ settings. This essentially reduces a user’s online experience to a series of loops redirecting to fraudulent websites. It also allows more popups and false viruses messages into the device.
A user might see a fake message that reads: “Apple iPad is infected with virus and immediate action is required. Continue and follow the instructions to fix your Apple iPad. Do not close this window. Exit at your own risk.” The instinctive response is to click the OK button located at the bottom of the message box, but that would be a mistake.
Rather than leading to helpful security measures, the OK button can lead to a malicious website that has another invasive code. The OK button can also invite you to speak to bogus tech support agents via phone for online chat. They will use their cover as tech support to take sensitive or financial information from you.
Users can always turn to the preventative measure of rapidly clicking out of the affected browser tabs, but this is an ineffective method. It might prematurely stop cyber thieves from accessing your information, but it does not completely clear out the potential for those messages to appear again.
Moreover, some of these pop-up messages or ads might be attached to a Pay-Per-Click scheme. This means that the inventors of the iPad warning virus messages can actually make money off of every time someone clicks on the pop-up.
A simple precaution is to be more cautious when it comes to downloading things off the internet and avoid any malicious websites that ask for your personal information.
How to remove Apple iPad virus warning in iOS
For browser isolated alerts, individuals should reset their browser settings to their default status.
To manually reset your browser settings on your iPhone, follow these steps:
- On the Settings menu, go to Safari.
- On the Safari menu, select the Clear History and Website Data option.
- Confirm the confirmation message by selecting Clear History and Data.
- Check if the virus warning is still there. If it is, continue with these steps.
If Clearing History and Data on your iPhone does not work, try these steps:
- Go back to the Settings menu and pick Safari again.
- Turn it off by tapping on the toggle.
To disable popups on your iPad, follow these steps:
- Open your Chrome or Safari browser.
- Open the Settings menu.
- Tap on the Clear Browsing Data option to expand the menu.
- Make sure the Clear Browsing History, Clear Cache, and Clear Cookies options are selected. This should stop any redirecting activity from happening in your browser.
You can also reset your browsers settings by “Blocking Pop-Up Windows” in the Preference menu.
Another way these bogus iPad virus warning messages can appear on your mobile device is through unprotected connections. Your device can be exposed to attacks or other malware by visiting suspicious sites and connecting to public Wi-Fi networks. To further protect yourself, you can use an automatic security software to protect your browsing.
Softwares like SurfEasy VPN features Wi-Fi protection measures and privacy and identity protection features. As long as SurfEasy Protection is on during web sessions, all your browsing will be encrypted. It also prevents ad tracking while also securing your device during public Wi-Fi connections.
Removing iPad Virus warnings is an all-around advantageous step that anyone can take. Even if you have not been affected by theses fraudulent messages, cyber thieves are getting more and more creative every day. You never know when your mobile devices could be at risk.
In any case, taking these steps to prevent bogus virus popups will not only protect you from potential identity theft but it could also save you money from having a professional install a convoluted security system or fix your computer. These steps are simple, easy for just about anyone, and do not take more than a few minutes. It’s a few steps for strengthened protection.