Apple Computer Virus Malware Scam Notice.

There are many many scams now days when it comes to the internet. And one that has been rearing it’s head more and more lately is a virus pop up on Apple computers. This virus pop up warning window will show up on iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, and even iPad and iPhones. The pop up in question is really more of a version of ransomeware. It can also be classified as malware.

What is ransomeware? Well, ransomeware looks like a virus. In recent cases, users will be browsing the internet using Safari, Firefox or Google Chrome, and a pop up window or a page will appear that states something along of the lines of “You have a virus! Call this 800 number!” or “Your computer has been locked and your files will be deleted unless you call this number.” Some warnings say “Suspicious activity detected.”

Trust none of these warnings.

And once the pop up is activated, you usually cannot close the window. But don’t call that number!

Here is a great article on the subject.

Never, ever, ever call any phone numbers that pop up on your computer. Whether it says it’s Microsoft support, or Apple support. Unless you know that you purposely went looking for that phone number, never call it.

Also, there are many scams where people are now getting phone calls saying that it’s Apple support or Microsoft support, and they can see that your computer is having issues, or that there is suspicious activity, or that you have a virus. This is a total scam.

Never pay anyone for this type of support. In other words, if YOU are being engaged, then it is a scam. And if you’re unsure, just call us here at Cobalt and we will advise you on what to do.


Well, well, well……remember when the FBI said “Oh please Apple, just unlock this iPhone. JUST THIS ONE iPHONE.” That’s all we want and we’ll never ask again.”.
And now look what is happening. The FBI is going on a feeding frenzy with their new trick, opening yet another iPhone. And this won’t be the last. I told everyone that I know that this would happen.
For many people, this subject is a tough one. I mean, who do you side with? These were terrorists that killed Americans. And I get that. But on the other side, as a whole, I side with Apple. Why? Because this is about personal protection for us all. The government has their hands in enough of our privacy as it is.
It has been reported, that the private sector is about 5 years ahead of the public sector (US Government) as far as technology and security go, and that to me, is sad. We pay all of these taxes, and you mean to tell me that our our own government, “the best” in the world, doesn’t have awesome James Bond like capabilities to crack technology?
That scares me.
THEY (the Government) should be 5 years ahead of the private sector, shouldn’t they?
The company that assisted in this procedure is an Israeli company called Cellabrite. I have been aware of this company for at least 6 years, and I, myself, have actually cracked a 4 digit iPhone password with their software back on iOS 5 on an iPhone 4s.
As soon as I heard that the FBI was using an outside source to crack the iPhone, one name came to mind right away.
I had a client who works for a corporation that develops software for the iPhone, and he was given a 6 month trial of Cellabrite. It was protected on a dongle, and after testing it and watching it crack the iPhone’s security code, I was amazed. I called to lease the software to help my customers crack lost codes on their own iPhones.
I was informed that the software could be leased for $13,000.00 per month. This was clearly way too much for my needs, but I was also informed that only government and law enforcement , agencies currently lease the software.
So basically, I guess I am for the Government cracking into an iPhone for national security, but only if they, themselves, already possess the knowledge and the means to do so.