virus warning pop ups on Android

Beware of new misleading pop ups from that have recently started to occur on eBay. I bet similar misleading virus pop ups will occur on other websites as well but probably with slightly modified or completely different warnings. The latest pop ups say that your phone or tablet is infected with viruses. Here’s an example:

Warning:Your phone has (13) Virus!

The Virus may comput you date .

Please follow instructions to remove Virus pop up

It’s nothing new really and it even has typos. The main goal of this fake virus warning is to scare you into thinking that your phone is infected with viruses. If you click OK you will be redirected to Google Play to download a security app called 360 Security. It’s a free antivirus app developed by Qihu 360 Software Co., LTD based in China. Of course, it doesn’t mean that other users will be redirected to the same product but at least for me it was the 360 Security app. The app was recently updated and even though it has many positive reviews, more than 40,000 gave it 1-2 starts rating complaining about memory usage, unethical advertising and some users even say it’s a fake app. Since it’s promoted in such a questionable way, I wouldn’t use it. Besides, there are many great apps from well known and trusted antivirus vendors.

In case you are constantly getting fake pop-ups on your phone or tablet, go to device’s Settings menu > Apps or Application manager (this may differ depending on your device). Uninstall apps that may display these pop-ups. Most likely, your device is infected with adware that displays fake virus warning from

Further useful reading: Smartphone Security – Best Practices.

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