How to stop fake Amazon pop up ads on iPhone (September 2018 Update)

The following article aims to assist users in removing the screen-locking /account stealing virus called fake Amazon pop up ads. The removal guide is designed to work for all iPhones and MacBook Air.

Apple device users, beware. Your smartphones and laptops are under attack yet again, and this time the perpetrator is fake Amazon pop up ads. fake Amazon pop up ads is what is known as a ransomware virus, only, luckily, it’s not the type that encrypts your files and leaves you unable to access valuable data. Instead, this variant belongs to the screen-locking virus type, which only blocks the screen of the affected device and thus prevents you from using it. Speaking of which, fake Amazon pop up ads specifically targets iPhones and MacBook Air laptops. We have not yet received reports of any other Apple devices being affected.

How to deal with this virus? What to expect?

The hallmark of this particular strain of screen-locking viruses (there have been several released over the past few months) is that they don’t give you any information straight away. They tell you to contact an email address (fake Amazon pop up ads in this case) and only after you have done that do you begin to realize that you’ve actually fallen victim to a common blackmail scheme. In this case, the criminals behind the ransomware request they be sent an amount of 50 USD in order to have the screen of the smartphone or laptop unlocked.

Obviously, paying the criminals and complying with their demands should be the last thing on your to-do-list. And it’s a good thing that you came to this page in search of a more viable solution to this problem. And we will also gladly provide you with one. Below you will find a detailed removal guide, with step by step instructions that you can implement yourself. We will also appreciate any feedback in the comment section, as well as questions regarding the steps described below. Our team of professionals will be happy to answer them.

And after you have successfully removed fake Amazon pop up ads and unlocked your device, we would like for you to start implementing some basic safety measures from now on, so as to avoid future infections of this type. A good place to start would be to be more careful with the websites you visit online. Avoid illegal and shady sites, torrent and file-sharing platforms as well as anything that looks like it could be harboring malware. In addition, as spam emails are among the leading ransomware transmitters, you would be wise to double check any incoming correspondence before interacting with it. Be especially careful with messages from unfamiliar senders or with suspicious addresses, and do not interact with attachments or links unless you are sure they’re trustworthy.

fake Amazon pop up ads Removal Guide

Step1

Restart your device (for iPhones and iPads) by holding the Sleep/Wake button until the slider appears on your screen. Drag the slider for shutdown and press the Sleep/Wake button again.

If this is not possible and your device is not responding, you can force re-start your iPhone or iPad:

  • For iPhone 6s and earlier, as well as iPads, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button together with the Home button for ten seconds or more. The Apple logo should appear on your screen.
  • For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, do the same for the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons.

For MacBook Air users, try to remove the battery from your device, then re-insert it and restart the computer.

After restarting your device, does the problem persist? If so, carry on to the next step.

Step2

In the event that the screen still remains locked, it would be best to contact Apple Support.

Step3

After (hopefully) unlocking your device you may want to check for any traces of the virus left. The following works for a Mac device.

Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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Step4

If you would like to be sure that there are no other viruses or malicious programs on your device, you can download the Avast Free Mac security software


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