Fake and Spam Message: "Your Android Has Been Infected With A Virus. Tap OK To Remove Now"

Date: March 13, 2014 12:26 AM - Views: 67,221 - Comments: 62
Fake and Spam Message: "Your Android Has Been Infected With A Virus. Tap OK To Remove Now"

The advertisement: "Your Android has been infected with a virus. Tap OK to remove now.", is a fake. If you are browsing the internet on your Android device and the message pops up, please do not follow the instructions. This is because, the message will always popup claiming that your Android device is infected with a virus even when it is not. This advertisement is considered spam and there is no virus or other malware threats.

The Fake and Spam Android Advertisement

Android getting slower? Click to clean your android!
Android getting slower? Click to clean your android!

Your Android has been infected with a virus. Tap OK to remove now.
***** IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED *****
Your Samsung Android has been exposed to a virus while browsing recent adult-oriented websites.
Tap Ok to Scan Your Phone for Viruses.

mobilesystemsecurity .com

******!!! WARNING !!! ******
Your Android may have multiple Viruses!
Some sites you've recently visited may have infected your android device
Pleas install anivirus to protet your Phone.

This fake advertisement will take you to the following website, which is blacklisted by SpamHaus:
http://virus.warning.s-com .net

Your Samsung Android is INFECTED WARNING!
Your Samsung Android is INFECTED
WARNING! Your personal photos, Facebook and other personal passwords, as well as credit card information are at risk!

Your Samsung Android has been exposed to a fatal Trojan virus while browsing recent adult-oriented websites.
Remove Virus Now

SpamHaus is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to track the Internet's spam operations and sources.

Your web browser cannot detect a Trojan horse or other malware on your mobile device or computer, so if any message pops up in your web browser claiming that a virus, Trojan horse or any other malware was discovered on your mobile device or computer, please ignore it.

To check for viruses or malware on your mobile device or computer, always ensure that you have antivirus software installed. If you do not have antivirus software on your Android device, you can install a free or commercial one from the Google Play store. Click here to view a list of antivirus software in the Google Play store.

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  • info: 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Received the following from a user:

    "Thanks AVG for the free Virus Protection for my GS4, it fixed the Android Warning! virus. I didn't click all the way thru but it redirected my web browser to hardcore p*rn sites. Your sw saved me time, frustration and a trip to a Sprint store. Two thumbs up and 5 stars!" ~


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 2 weeks ago from: Hartford, Connecticut, United States

    Hi, I was on my game and then an advertisement saying watch free ad*lt content, while I went to press the X button I pressed on the ad. This directed me to my Google site and 3-4 browsers came up and then the “Your phone has a virus because of the ad*lt content you have been viewing. I pressed OK and I'm not sure if I have a virus or not I wasn't redirected to any site to download, but I am still worried that I might have the virus please answer soon ~


    • info: 2 months, 2 weeks ago

      Only antivirus software can detect a virus. Your web browser cannot detect a virus. So, if you see any of these popup messages telling you that there is a virus on your computer, just close the window. ~


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago from: Moreno Valley, California, United States

    Thank you very much I thought I did have a virus.
    ~


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago from: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

    The "WARNING! Your personal photos, Facebook and other personal passwords, as well as credit card information are at risk!

    Your Samsung Android has been exposed to a fatal Trojan virus while browsing recent adult-oriented websites" popped up on my tablet while I was playing LineUp Pro.

    I think I must have clicked on something I should not have, because then my LastPass password manager browser opened with three or four different tabs with website addresses in them.

    I panicked and shut down LastPass and powered down the tablet. When I opened it again, I started running virus scanners like Avast, MobileCare, Norton and AVG, (all free versions).

    They all said that no malware was found. Should I be concerned that the LastPass Browser opened?

    Could I have gotten a Trojan or virus? The tablet seems to be working as normal, but that doesn't really give me much peace of mind.

    Thanks in advance. ~


    • info: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

      The virus message is a fake, so you have nothing to worry about.

      Only your antivirus can tell you if a virus, Trojan or malware has infected your device.

      So, if you see a virus or malware message pop-up and it is not your antivirus, it is a scam. ~


      • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago from: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

        What about my Lastpass browser opening with websites? ~


        • info: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

          Nothing to worry about. The malicious advertisment used Javascript to open the browser windows. Any website that you visit can do that, and it doesn't mean that your device got infected.

          ~


          • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago from: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

            Last question..because this makes me nervous, it doesn't matter that it was the LastPass password protection browser that was opened? And did I cause that to happen because I clicked on something? ~


            • info: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

              Yes, it is because you clicked on the fake advertisement. But, clicking alone will not infect your device; you will have to install a malicious application for your device to get infected. ~


  • Anonymous: 5 months, 2 weeks ago from: Westville, New Jersey, United States

    I received the same notice. How was this spam able to pop up on my android and is there any way to prevent it? ~


    • info: 5 months, 2 weeks ago

      It is done through online advertisement. Cyber-criminals have realized that they can spread their malicious software using legitimate online advertisers.

      Advertising companies are working hard to remove malicious advertisements like this one from their databases. ~


      • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago from: Moreno Valley, California, United States

        I keep getting a pop up on only ONE website saying I should press ok (on tablet) to get rid of trojan virus. I got real scared when it said becasue I was viewing adult content. how can I get rid of it its really scaring me ~


  • Anonymous: 7 months, 4 weeks ago from: Presov, Presov, Slovakia

    Hi.

    I got the same pop up message as shown above: "WARNING. Your personal photos, Facebook..."

    It also said I need update my flash. I did nothing and my flash is now blocked in Firefox and Google browser in my phone.

    If it's not virus, what should I do to repair my browsers? I already tried scan all apps and storage with avast antivirus.

    Thanks. ~


    • info: 7 months, 3 weeks ago

      Re-install Flash, Firefox and Google. ~


      • Anonymous: 7 months, 3 weeks ago from: Presov, Presov, Slovakia

        Well, it probably didn't affected flash as I thought before. YouTube runs without problem, but in various pages are some elements blocked and it says that I need some backup module.

        I re-installed Firefox and Flash. Didn't helped. ~


        • info: 7 months, 3 weeks ago

          You may have to backup the data on your phone and do a hard or factory reset. ~


  • Anonymous: 8 months, 1 week ago from: United States

    Virus in my phone. Help me as soon. ~


    • info: 8 months, 1 week ago

      If there is a virus on your phone, please install antivirus software on it. Click here to download a free antivirus software for your phone. ~


  • Anonymous: 8 months, 3 weeks ago from: Stockton, California, United States

    I was on a website ,my phone is an android by the way, and a popup appeared saying I have a virus or something like that and that I should download an app from the playstore. The only option it had was "okay" I clicked it and my phone gave off a loud beep but i wasnt redirected to another site or popup.Does my phone have a virus because of the weird beep? ~


    • info: 8 months, 3 weeks ago

      The beep wouldn't give your phone a virus, but to be on the safe side, use antivirus software to scan your phone.

      There are free antivirus in the Playstore (Avast, AVG). ~


      • Anonymous: 3 months, 2 weeks ago from: Glenroy, Victoria, Australia

        I also had this problem so I uninstalled whatever app was giving me the issue then re -installed and there doesn't seem to be a problem as yet.

        Good luck and thanks for the responses peeps. Its been a great help! ~


  • Anonymous: 9 months, 4 weeks ago from: Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania

    If it was for an android to have this virus/ malware, would McAfee ( free edition ) detect it ? or any free antivirus ? ~


    • info: 9 months, 4 weeks ago

      Yes. ~


  • Anonymous: 9 months, 4 weeks ago from: Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania

    Hello. When I was on the web last night I got a popup message that said to start a virus scan because my android is infected with a virus and not knowing I clicked OK. It started ' the supposedly scan' but when it was close to 100% I clicked Exit to get out from the browser so I didn't go any further. Is it possible that my android got a virus ?
    Thank you in advance. ~


    • info: 9 months, 4 weeks ago

      Your Android was not infected. The scanning process is a trick, there was no actual scanning.

      You would have to download and install something for your Android to get infected. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 1 week ago from: Corrales, New Mexico, United States

    My samsung tablet has lately been getting tons of ads:

    "Immediate respond required! - click ok to clean your tablet,
    your tablet has been infected with a fatal trogan horse, your credit card information and identity are at risk at theft." keeps popping up.

    I tapped ok once but nothing happened. Im worried that I may have a different virus causing the ads to pop up. What do I do? ~


    • info: 10 months, 1 week ago

      The ads are not caused by a virus. The ads are shown to you based on the website that you visit.

      The websites displaying the ads have nothing to do with the ads.

      It is cybercriminals who create these ads. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 1 week ago from: Misr, Al Qahirah, Egypt

    I get this message for the first time so I have pressed ok then directed to google play , but i do not install any thing.

    I just re-covered my phone so every thing have deleted! And my phone is now new as l bought it!

    How can i restore my data and my account on whats app? ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 3 weeks ago from: Makkah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

    Hi when was playing Jetpack joyride on my android phone my game some how lagged and then a message appeared saying that your android device has a virus and that advertisement never came back. ~


    • info: 10 months, 3 weeks ago

      Most games will display advertisement to the players in order to generate revenue. There are thousands of advertisements, so that ad may take days to rotate.

      Note: the game developer and the advertising company have nothing to do with that deceptive advertisement. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 3 weeks ago from: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

    One of these spams popped up...on my iPhone 5. I was reading an article on Facebook when all of a sudden a thing popped up that read around the lines of "your android has a virus and you will be loosing all of your data if ignored". (Notice how I spelt loosing wrong because that's how they spelt it in the spam). Anyway, I just quickly clicked cancel (cause I knew it was a spam, after all I don't own an android). It makes me wonder though because I've never had any sort of spam like that come up on my phone before. Maybe I'll get some sort of anti-spam software. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 4 weeks ago from: Germany

    I just had that fake warning, that my Samsung Android would be infected and since normally Android asks me for "stop it" or "ok". I clicked on ok - and then noticed that it was Not correct German - so I clicked on going back and then stoppen everything and went out of all of it.
    Is my Samsung now infected?

    Can you tell??

    Thanks, Sr.helpless ~


    • info: 10 months, 4 weeks ago

      It is a fake warning, there is no virus or other malware. ~


  • Anonymous: 11 months, 0 week ago from: Singapore, Singapore

    I saw this on my iphone and it said android and i immediately closed my safari cleared cookies and data from my settings so am i safe? ~


    • info: 11 months, 0 week ago

      There is no virus. It is just a scam.

      ~


  • Anonymous: 11 months, 3 weeks ago from: Las Piñas City, Las Pinas, Philippines

    Hi guys

    I'm playing my jetpack joyride while im playing my game getting lag and something appear it says
    Your andriod have 13 virus it may currupt your files or data

    Please help my guys what should i do im just a child im 13 years old ~


    • info: 11 months, 3 weeks ago

      There are no viruses. It is a trick. But, if you want an anti-virus for your Android phone, go to https://play.google.com/store ~


  • Anonymous: Mar 30, 2014 from: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    What if you accidentally click on one of these? In my case I accidentally pressed okay and it directed me to google play but I immediately closed everything without proceeding further. ~


    • info: Mar 30, 2014

      You are ok. As long as you didnt install anything. ~


  • Anonymous: Mar 25, 2014 from: Finland

    I clicked "ok" and installed the antivirus my android wanted. Now my facebook is not working and internet is slow. I ran three different virus scans but they all said there are no threaths. I returned the factory settings - didnt help. How do i remove the virus? ~


  • Anonymous: Mar 24, 2014 from: India

    I am facing same problem from last 2 days. I am unable to download from any site through my Samsung device.Is there any way to get out of this. Please help ~


  • Anonymous: Mar 20, 2014 from: Athens, Attikí, Greece

    Thanks for keeping us updated on the subject.The warning with the supposed threat also appears on iPhones. I have an iPhone 5s and when i opened an app today i saw on the down side of the screen this message even though my phone is not android. Of course, i ignored it and i deleted the app. I am delighted that this is a fake alert and that the mobile's security hasn't been commpromised. ~


  • Anonymous: Mar 20, 2014 from: Tirupur, Tamil Nadu, India

    I press "remove virus now" button and then my phone gave out a beep. I was then redirected to google play store. I did not install anything switched off my phone.
    Please let me know if my mobile could be infected? ~


  • Anonymous: Mar 19, 2014 from: North Hampton, New Hampshire, United States

    I pressed ok when it first appeared! The spam did not close, so I got off the app and uninstalled it, and ran an anti virus scan. I did not find anything. So my question is am I at any risk? Did it steal any of my info? ~


    • Anonymous: Mar 21, 2014 from: Glyfáda, Attikí, Greece

      Don't worry. You didn't suscribe, you ran a genuine anti-virus scan finding zero threats. These criminals try to scare people to buy their fake anti-virus. It happened to me twice since December on my iphone device and the phone works normally with no changes on my bill. However it is really annoying to see that on your mobile. Does anybody know if there is a way to remove the fake alert from the app put by the crooks? ~


    • info: Mar 20, 2014

      There is no threat. The message is a fake and is used to trick persons into clicking on it. ~


  • Anonymous: Mar 15, 2014 from: Bagumbayan, Albay, Philippines

    Just encountered a spam message like this a while ago. Thank goodness i didn't click it. Anyways, I'm just curious how did they know my phone unit though? ~


    • info: Mar 15, 2014

      You may have unknowingly submit your phone information on a phishing website. ~


    • info: Mar 15, 2014

      I don't think they know. What these spammers do is to send these messages to thousands of phone numbers, regardless of the type of phone they have, and hope persons with Android phones who receive the message will panic and click the link, thinking their phones are infected. ~


      • Anonymous: Mar 23, 2014 from: Glyfáda, Attikí, Greece

        I fully agree with you. I know many mates who saw this message on their mobile and none had given anywhere their number. They hope to cheat people who ignore the scam and to gain money. The point is not to fall into their trap and download their fake antivirus. ~


  • Anonymous: Mar 14, 2014 from: Trenton, Ontario, Canada

    How do we stop the pop up from happening? ~


    • Anonymous: Mar 29, 2014 from: Athens, Attikí, Greece

      You can't do anything. However it is possible after some time this pop up to go away from your screen without any move from you. In my case it took a week or so in order the app to be cleared. ~


      • info: Mar 29, 2014

        It is an advertisement and will only go away when the advertiser takes it down. ~


    • info: Mar 15, 2014

      You cannot. The message is delivered by an advertisement. So, if you visit a website that has this advertisement, you will get the message. Unless the advertising company who is hosting this advertisement removes it, you will continue to see it based on the website that you visit. ~


      • Anonymous: Mar 23, 2014 from: Philippines

        How Can i Remove The Advertisement Sir? ~


  • Anonymous: Mar 14, 2014 from: Buffalo, New York, United States

    Restarting my phone solved the issue for me, as this message couldn't be cleared and browser was unusable in the meantime. ~


    • Anonymous: 2 months, 4 weeks ago from: Warsaw, Indiana, United States

      Wow! Thanks! This worked!!!!!!!!!! ~


  • Anonymous: Mar 13, 2014 from: Smock, Pennsylvania, United States

    What do we do? If we pressed ok and remove, WHAT DO WE DO!! Please help! Is there anyway to get our pictures back?? Please, please, please help. ~


    • info: Mar 13, 2014

      The message is a fake. You will not loose your pictures. ~


      • Anonymous: 3 months, 4 weeks ago from: London, London,

        There is only OK to tap. How Can I avoid tapping it and closing that little window, its annoying that there is no cancel or close option.

        How can I close it and I dont wont to tap Ok. ~


        • info: 3 months, 4 weeks ago

          Tapping "Ok" will not infect your computer or device.

          Just DO NOT open any file that you are instructed to download. ~


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