How to Remove Fake Apple Security Alerts on iPhone (2022)

Have you ever been browsing the Internet on your iPhone and suddenly received a pop-up message saying something like “iPhone Virus Warning”? These messages are usually spread by malicious actors and hackers. These messages can lead an unwitting victim to share their personal information with hackers, or even install certificates on their iPhone. While these messages were few and far between, these days they have started to spread like wildfire. However, there is an easy solution. So, here is how to remove fake Apple security alerts on iPhone.

How to Get Rid of Fake Apple Security Alerts on iPhone (2022)

Safely Get Rid of Fake Security Alerts on iOS and iPadOS

1. Close malicious tabs immediately

When you get a security warning, make sure you don’t tap the alert, don’t even try to tap the close button on the pop-up window. The safest way to tackle these malicious popups is to immediately close the browser tab.

  • Bring up Control Center (swipe down from the top corner of the screen or swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen), then tap the airplane mode icon to turn it on.
turn on airplane mode on iphone
  • Then open Safari then press the Tabs icon in the lower right corner of the screen. After that press the “X” button in the upper right corner of the specific tab to close it.
close the tab showing iPhone virus alert warnings

2. Delete cookies from the Shady website

Besides letting you clean all history, Safari also lets you delete cookies from specific websites. Thus, you can get rid of particular cookies without having to erase all browsing history.

  • Head to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad -> Safari -> Advanced.
Access Safari Settings on iPhone
  • Now press Website data. Then press To modify in the upper right corner of the screen.
delete individual website data and cookies from Safari on iPhone
  • Next, select the specific cookie you want to get rid of and hit the To delete button. Don’t forget to type Fact at the top right to confirm the action.
delete specific website cookies from Safari to get rid of iphone virus warnings

To prevent shady popups from reappearing, make sure to enable the native popup blocker.

  • Navigate to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad ->Safari then make sure the toggle next to Block pop-ups is on.
Block all Safari pop-ups

4. Block warnings from fraudulent websites

Safari comes with a built-in feature that allows you to block warnings from fraudulent websites. Therefore, make sure to take advantage of this security feature to keep fake website warnings at bay.

  • To start, open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad ->Safari then make sure the toggle next to Fraudulent website warning is authorized.
Block fraudulent website warnings

5. Use Reader Mode to Keep Ads and Unwanted Pop-ups Away

One of my favorite features in the stock web browser is “Reader Mode” which enhances the reading experience by limiting all unnecessary pop-ups and ads. In particular, you can enable reader mode automatically for all websites or choose to enable it only on specific web pages according to your needs.

Enable Safari Reader mode for specific websites

  • To open Safari on your iPhone or iPad -> go to the web page where you want to enable reader mode.
  • Then press the aA button at the bottom of the screen and choose Show player.
Use Safari Reader Mode to Avoid Ads and Remove Fake Apple Security Alerts

Automatically enable Safari Reader mode for all websites

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad ->Safari. After that scroll down to the Settings for websites section and press Reader.
Customize Safari Reader Mode on iOS
  • Then enable the toggle for All Websites.
Automatically enable Safari Reader mode for all websites

6. Block shady websites

With Screen Time, you can easily block shady websites on your iPhone. Whether you want to protect your child from offensive content found on specific websites or you want to keep malicious sites at bay, the native website blocker can come in handy.

  • Head to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad -> Screen Time -> Content and Privacy Restrictions.
Block shady websites to avoid iPhone virus warnings
  • Now make sure the toggle for Content and Privacy Restrictions is on. Then press Content restriction and select web content.
use content restrictions to avoid and remove fake Apple security alerts
  • Then choose the Limit adult content option. Under the never allow section, touch Add a website and then paste the link of the site you want to block.
limit adult websites on iphone

In the future, these websites will be blocked on your device. Later, if you ever want to make any changes, come back to that Screen Time setting and then do the needful.

To note:

Report fake security alerts to Apple

You can report suspicious messages and emails to reportphishing@apple.com and abuse@icloud.com. Additionally, you can also report unwanted phone calls to the FTC as well as local law enforcement/police departments.

You can learn more about recognizing and reporting scams and phishing attempts on Apple’s website (visit).

Keep fake Apple security alerts away from your iPhone or iPad

Well, this is how you can avoid and remove fake Apple security alerts on your iPhone. Although it is mostly shady websites that display such “iPhone virus warning” popups, well-known websites can also be compromised by hackers. Therefore, it is always a good idea to never tap on these pop-ups, regardless of the website displaying them. Make sure to visit only legitimate and trustworthy websites and do not download files from untrusted sources. So, have you ever faced “iPhone Virus Warning” pop-up? Let us know in the comments below.