Apple security message re virus & vpn

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by MiniGeek, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. MiniGeek macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2016

    I just had a message come to my iphone via the Safari app, and it said my phone may have been infected with a virus and I should install a vpn. The Safari app was opened when I woke my phone up out of sleep mode and that is what was there. There were 2 buttons to install or cancel. I closed the browser page instead. I tried to see the address of the website before I did that, and it just showed up as a bunch of gibberish. I deleted all browsing history and data, so I don't know now exactly what was there or how that happened. The last page I had had open was the page and I just went there again to see if I could reproduce the issue. It didn't happen again.
    Have any of you seen anything like this? Of course I don't think I am infected with anything, it's a popup scam to perhaps try to get me to install something malicious. I am just curious as to whether or not anyone else has seen anything of this nature. I have an iPhone 8, iOS 11.2.1 (I had heard there may be issues with iOS 11.2.6, so I am waiting until the next update.)
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    What you saw was an advert. It would be a good idea to install an adblocker.
  3. MiniGeek thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2016
    Oh, this is funny. I went back to the website, and I just got a popup that as an user, I have a chance to win a $1000 gift card or an iphone or a Samsung galaxy phone. I do have the popup blocker on. Obviously the page has some bad actors there.
  4. Chazzle macrumors 68000


    Jul 17, 2015
    Yes, I've run into lots of problems with yellow pages before. I would recommend AdGuard (Pro or Free) for a content blocker as these kinds of pop-ups are becoming quite frequent and the built in pop up blocker for Safari (both iOS and Mac) are worthless.
  5. Helmsley macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2017
    United Kingdom
    I seem to remember there is a bug in iOS 11.2.1 where Safari does not always fully clear website data. This could explain why you saw the ad.

    This bug has since been fixed in newer releases.

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