Warning! Your phone has (13) Virus! are misleading pop up ads that lead users to a scam virus check. Users are reporting the issue with fake warning on eBay, NHL and other popular website. Of course, it doesn’t mean that those sites are trying to install some shady apps on your phone or tablet. They are likely having problems with their ad providers and hopefully will kill the offensive ads as soon as possible. However, if you keep getting Warning! Your phone has (13) Virus! and similar pop ups on pretty much every site you visit then your phone could be infected with adware.
Here’s an example of the offensive ad:
Warning! Your phone has (13) Virus!
The Virus may corrupt your data.
Please follow the instructions to remove the Virus.
Then there’s a fake system notification with the steps on how to remove the supposedly detected virus.
Step 1: DOWNLOAD and INSTALL 360 Mobile Security Antivirus App!
Step 2: Open the App and Remove ALL Viruses
If you click Download Here button you will be redirected to another websites to download an antivirus app called 360 Mobile Security Antivirus. It is developed by Qihu 360 Software Co., LTD based in China, I wrote about this app in my previous post. The fake pop-ups came from kingmoible.com.
I also noticed that scammers are using different virus warnings to scare users. Here’s yet another faker virus scan page.
WARNING: YOU MAY BE AT RISK!
COMPLETE : (7) THREATS
(3) MALWARE APPS
(2) VIRUS THREATS
(1) VS. 2.3 UPDATE
(1) SECURITY UPDATE
Although the fake ads are slightly different they all redirect users to either fake sites or Google Play to download shady apps. If you got any of these pop ups, close them immediately and do not download anything. Just close it or hit back button. In case you are constantly getting fake Warning! Your phone has (13) Virus! 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 (recently installed). Most likely, your device is infected with adware. Also, scan your computer with reputable antivirus app.
Further useful reading: Smartphone Security – Best Practices.