If your iPhone, iPad or iPod has recently been infected with a program called iPad Virus Warning, you’ve done the right thing to come to this page. Though you’ve not been infected by a virus of a malicious program, there are good reasons to remove this program and here we will show you how to do that. Aside from the annoying page redirects and the newly installed homepage and default search engine that have graced your browser, there are other, a bit more serious reasons for you to want iPad Virus Warning gone. Read through the following few lines to find out more and please refer to the instructions in the removal guide below after that.
What do browser hijackers really do?
Browser hijackers are all about generating numerous banners, popups, in-text links and various other online ads directly on the screens of users’ iPhones and iPads. The point of it all essentially just boils down to profit. On the one hand, it’s profit for the vendors of the many products and services being advertising. On the other, the developers of programs like iPad Virus Warning receive revenue based on the number of taps the affected users have made on those ads. This is possible thanks to remuneration models like the Pay Per Click scheme.
It is also thanks to this very system that hijackers can often look into the user’s browsing history and extract certain information from it. That way the browser hijacker, be it iPad Virus Warning or another one can, determine which of its ads will be more likely to interest you and it can start exposing you to them, instead of just some random ones. As this is a privacy violation, many consider hijackers to be PUP’s. But there’s also the fact that they may expose you to greater security risks, such as malware like Trojan horse viruses and ransomware. You can happen to come across an ad that’s been compromised by hackers and is used as a transmitter for one of those programs and you will have no way of telling it apart from any of the other ads.
After you have successfully gotten rid of iPad Virus Warning, you might want to avoid having to do with programs like it in the future. You can do that simply by sticking to the App Store and researching the apps you’re interested in before actually installing them. That way you will know if there is a hijackers integrated in them or not.
iPad Virus Warning Removal
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:
- Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
- 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.