If you’ve noticed that your iPhone, iPad or iPod has lately started to display way too many ads that it normally does, you’ve likely been infected by a program called Apple Security Virus Detected. Apple Security Virus Detected is a browser hijacker, designed to take charge of your Chrome or Safari browser and make certain changes to its settings. Such are most commonly the setting of a new homepage and assigning a new search engine as your default one. In addition, the constantly appearing popups, banners and loud advertisements are also the work of this hijacker. But not to worry, bellow is a detailed removal guide that will help you get rid of Apple Security Virus Detected once and for good.
What is Apple Security Virus Detected doing and how did it get in your device?
Browser hijackers exist for the sole purpose of generating income for their developers by means of aggressively displaying paid ads on the users’ screens. The more the users interact with the said ads, the more profit is generated. That is mainly why you’ve been so badly bugged by the endless banners and popups. But aside from being aggressive, hijackers also pry into your browsing history so as to gain a better understanding of you, as an individual user. They want to know which products and services are more interesting to you, so they can adjust their ads placement accordingly.
But that’s not even the worst of it. Sadly, all those many ads could potentially put you at risk of running into viruses, such as Trojans and ransomware. And though Apple Security Virus Detected is not itself a virus, nor does it aim to harm you, the constant page redirects and display of online ads can possibly lead you to an insecure location or infected content. With this in mind, it’s best to simply avoid interacting with any of the things the hijacker displays and remove it as soon as you get the chance.
You may be curious to know how this program got you infected in the first place. Well, in nearly 100% of the cases, they come as an integral component of some other app. So the simple answer is that you downloaded it yourself, without knowing what you were downloading. For the purpose of avoiding situations like these, we recommend that you always use the App Store to download any apps. Furthermore, it would also help to check the reviews beforehand and maybe do some researching online to find out if your desired app doesn’t come with an ad-generating component like Apple Security Virus Detected.
Apple Security Virus Detected 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.