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I was looking at another forum I'm on and this came up. Any ideas folks please? If so I will refer the poster across to here..

"I had a really wierd experience yesterday. I was on my iMac and had safari up looking for carpet tiles. It was about the sixth site that I clicked on when all of a sudden the screen changed and it was filled with a police web site, and then a box came up stating that I had been caught and all my files had been encrypted. It then accused me of downloading illegal content such as music, films and more unpleasant things. I could not get rid of it. I tried everything I knew. I e-mailed a very good friend and he came up with the solution and once again I can use safari.

I feel this was a scam as it was headed metropolitan police serious crime unit and then below that it said, issued by Cheshire police. I don't know if anyone else has experienced this but it was quite scary at first. I was under the impression that iMacs were immune to viruses and scams but my friend said not any more."

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I was under the impression that iMacs were immune to viruses and scams but my friend said not any more."
There are no viruses in the wild that can infect your Mac. However, scams, malware, and schemes are not limited to any one particular platform. Common sense and avoiding the type of web sites where those things are likely to happen is still the best antidote.
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As a suggestion John go into Safari Preferences > Security and select all the boxes including block pop ups.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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I have passed the thread link onto the guy in question, so he should look at it soon.

I use Firefox, veru occasionally Safari, so I will also look at the settings and tick all of the boxes.

Thank you.

Edit : - Done Harry, they were already ticked, but good to check..

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