"POLICE! Your files have been locked" popup

Will79

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Mar 20, 2014
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I clicked on a website (which I scanned for viruses beforehand) and after it loaded, it opened a new browser window saying "POLICE! Your files have been locked" which I closed immediately.

I didn't click on anything and nothing was downloaded - could I still have a virus? Or was it just a troll/scam? I can still access all of my files.

Seriously worried now.
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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I clicked on a website (which I scanned for viruses beforehand) and after it loaded, it opened a new browser window saying "POLICE! Your files have been locked" which I closed immediately.

I didn't click on anything and nothing was downloaded - could I still have a virus? Or was it just a troll/scam? I can still access all of my files.

Seriously worried now.
It's completely bogus. You have nothing to worry about. No website can lock files on your Mac.

Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 12 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.
Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
 

whitedragon101

macrumors 65816
Sep 11, 2008
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I clicked on a website (which I scanned for viruses beforehand) and after it loaded, it opened a new browser window saying "POLICE! Your files have been locked" which I closed immediately.

I didn't click on anything and nothing was downloaded - could I still have a virus? Or was it just a troll/scam? I can still access all of my files.

Seriously worried now.
I know someone who even called the police to explain their innocence when they saw this as it alleges you have been looking and illegal images.