Busted by the FBI on your iPhone? Here's how to deal with it

9 February 2016, 04:48

Had an FBI warning pop-up on your iPhone while browsing, that you just can’t get rid of? Don’t worry. It’s not an actual FBI warning and it’s NOT a virus, as some blogs are reporting. It’s just a stupid annoying Javascript trick created by stupid annoying people – of which there are, sadly, a lot on the Internet.

Getting rid of it is easy, although it involves wiping website data and cookies, which will mean you have to input your username and password again on some sites.

If you’re an experienced iPhone user, here’s what to do:

  • Clear the Safari browser cache and website data using the Settings app;
  • Force quit Safari by using the task manager.

If that sounds confusing, here are the simple steps to follow:

  1. Click the Home button to get back to your main apps listing.
  2. Open the Settings app, and navigate to the Safari heading.
  3. Tap the blue Clear History and Website Data heading.
  4. Tap the Clear History and Data heading that slides up from the bottom of the screen.
  5. Tap the Advanced heading below, then tap the Website Data heading.
  6. Tap the red Remove All Website Data heading at the bottom.
  7. Double-click the Home button to open the task manager.
  8. Swipe through the apps thumbnails until you find Safari but DON’T tap to activate it. Instead, swipe it upwards, so the thumbnail disappears off the top of the screen.
  9. Click the Home button in order to return to the main apps listing, and then start Safari again. It should now be free of the faux-FBI warning.

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