Apple Online Guard

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Apple Online Guard

Apple Online Guard is an aggressive ad-displaying and page redirecting app for iPhone devices. The goal of Apple Online Guard is to promote certain sites and the products they offer by forcing your Safari browser to redirect you to them and by showing you aggressive ads linked to those sites.

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The Apple Online Guard Virus will spam your calendar with ads.

In most cases, people land this type of unwanted software by installing an application from an unreliable developer. It is especially likely to land such a browser-hijacking component if you get your apps from sources other than the App Store. Usually, the hijacker will be attached to another app as a built-in element that cannot be installed separately. Once the user installs that other app, the hijacker gets added to the smartphone as well without the user even realizing it until the homepage and search engines in the browser (something most hijackers are known for) start to occur. This also dictates the way you are supposed to remove the unwanted hijacker – you are supposed to uninstall the app with which it came to your iPhone.

Why it’s important to remove Apple Online Guard

Apple Online Guard is not the same as a harmful Trojan horse or a file-encrypting Ransomware blackmailing virus. Instead, it is an app designed to spam you with popups, banners and other ads and page redirects that earn money on a Pay-Per-Click/Pay-Per-View basis. However, it’s still important that you uninstall Apple Online Guard from your device as its ads may sometimes be connected to unreliable web locations that may expose your iPhone to danger. Therefore, we suggest you take a look at the following removal steps and use them to make Apple Online Guard go away.

 

Apple Online Guard Removal

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.

Step1

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.

Step2

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/

Step3

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. 


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