is an undesirable software element that can get installed in iOS devices with the help of another app. targets the browser of the device it’s installed on, seeking to modify its settings and then generate ads and page redirects from it.

The will spam your calendar with fake events.

Some of the changes that might occur in your Safari browser if get added to it are replacements of browser elements such as the search engine that the browser uses by default and the addresses of the new-tab page and the homepage. Each of those changes is introduced in order to push the overall agenda of, which is to generate money through different forms of advertisements. Apps like are mainly designed for spamming the users’ devices with intrusive ads, pop-ups, banners, page-redirects to unpopular sites, and so on. Each user that taps on the displayed ads inadvertently increases the overall amount of money generated by the advertising app.

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If you have an iPhone virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have a Windows virus, please use our Windows Virus Removal guide.

First you need to close all pop-ups that are currently open.

  • If the pop-up has a checkbox named “Don’t show more alerts from this webpage” click on the checkbox before closing the Ad.
  • If a Block Alerts button happens to appear after you shut down a pop-up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch tab that button to stop receiving alerts from the same page.

In case that a pop-up fails to close after performing the above operations:

  • On your Mac you should make your Safari browser close forcibly by pressing Command-Option-Esc. Select Safari from the list of Apps and force close it. After you force close it you need to restart Safari, but please hold the shift button while it starts. This will prevent any pesky Ads from opening automatically.
  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can do the same by pressing the home button twice in a quick succession. You’ll then see a preview of all apps that have been recently used. Swipe left to find Safari and then swipe up on the app’s preview to close it forcibly In order to prevent Safari from opening unwanted windows on startup go to Settings->Safari and Clear History, as well as Website Data. This will also clear your browser history and cookies so keep that in mind and export them if you want to keep them.

Choose Preferences from the Safari menu. Then do the following:

  1. Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
  1. Next check on your homepage and the settings for the search engines. Adware likes messing with those. We can not provide more specific instructions for this, as you may be using many different browsers.
    • Select the General icon and look at the Homepage field. It should either be empty or filled with the address of the Homepage you want.
    • Follow up on the Search icon. Again it should be either the default search engine or any that you have set for yourself. Note that in some versions of Safari these settings are found in the General panel/

Open Safari and click on the Extensions button. Note that Adware use extensions almost exclusively to inject the pop-up Ads into your browser. Any extension on this list that you do not remember installing yourself is likely planted there by the Adware. Remove ALL extensions you are unfamiliar with. 

In most cases, the activities of the browser-hijacking app and the changes it makes in the browser do not benefit the user in any way and only obstruct their regular browsing experience. What is even worse about such browser hijackers, however, is the fact that, with their ads, they could potentially expose your smartphone or tablet to all kinds of online dangers, including phishing sites, pirated downloads, misleading offers, and even malware threats like Trojans, Ransomware, or Spyware. There really is no need to keep such an app on your iPhone and that is why we will offer you a hand with the uninstallation of It is likely that this hijacker has gotten installed in your device alongside another app, by being added to it as a built-in element, so it might be difficult to find the application to which is attached. However, if you follow the steps from the guide and use your common sense, you shouldn’t have trouble removing the undesirable browser hijacker.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A Browser hijacker would make browser changes that would allow it to spam your screen with ads.
Distribution Method Methods such as spam message distribution and file-bundles are oftentimes used to spread hijacker apps.

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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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