Apple “Warning Virus Detected” Scam Removal Guide (iPhone/iPad)

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This page aims to help you remove “Warning Virus Detected”. These “Warning Virus Detected” removal instructions work for Safari, as well as every version of iOS.

The article you are about to take a look at is focused on “Warning Virus Detected”. This program is a version of ad-generating software, whose only real purpose  is to display pop-up and various other ads on your screen; to redirect you to many web pages and to set new homepages and default search engines to your browsers. The programs from this software family are called browser hijackers. What else is typical of all of the existing hijackers is to target all your browsers but mostly Safari and modify them in the aforementioned ways. You will find more valuable information about this sort of software in the paragraphs below.

Some general  facts about browser hijackers:

All the programs, considered browser hijackers, have been created to serve as advertising tools. Actually, these ad producing products have this aim ONLY: to broadcast a great number of pop-ups, tabs and/or banners; and to promote various web pages/ search engines and/or browser homepages, as well as different products and services. The people, who are interested in distributing this sort of software, are the manufacturers of the promoted products; the providers of the services these programs are advertising; as well as the creators of these sometimes programs. The first two groups are usually the ones who pay the latter to develop the best advertising-oriented program (the ones displaying the biggest number of pop-ups and causing the greatest number of redirections are considered as such). It is believed that in this way some of the promoted products may be bought by the people who are exposed to the ads; and their manufacturers will thus profit. As you can see, all the parties involved in this ‘pay per click’ system actually benefit from it.

In what ways may Apple “Warning Virus Detected” get spread?

In most of the recorded cases, you could find such software as a part of a contagious web page or a torrent, or as a component of a video-streaming website. As a result, as soon as you visit or load any of them, you may ‘receive’ the hijacker there. Nevertheless, it is common for Apple “Warning Virus Detected” and the similar products to be lurking inside bundles and you may be tempted to install them yourself on your device.

What does a bundle mean?

Bundles are free software mixes that get spread for free, and may incorporate games, programs, apps, Adware and hijackers inside them. In fact, usually there is nothing to worry about when it comes to such bundles. Still, the ad-broadcasting programs inside them could make them a little suspicious. Please, remember that such bundles may contain really fascinating programs and apps and you CAN use them for free, without getting the hijacker inside them. Just make sure that you follow this general piece of advice – whatever you install on your device, always choose the Advanced {or the Customized} wizard option. In such a way, each detail about a given bundle is going to be displayed and you are going to see which programs exactly you really need on your device; and which ones you don’t want there.

Despite the quite confusing and rather suspicious way of spreading “Warning Virus Detected”, it is not malicious:

In spite of the popular misunderstanding, no browser hijacker is malicious. Because of their shady features, these programs have been considered ‘potentially unwanted’, but have never been labeled as viruses. Of course, there is a reason for that – hijackers greatly differ from the usual malware versions you can catch while surfing the web. For example, Ransomware and Trojans as the most dangerous malware subtypes, can hack your system without your knowing or unknowing permission and exploit a program or a system weakness of your device or simply your naiveté. After that some of their most malicious effects may include deleting your data or corrupting it; locking up files and demanding  a ransom in exchange for them; tracking all your personal activities online; hacking your bank deposits, which are available online; as well as your social media accounts and stealing money, or simply compromising your identity. On the contrary, Apple “Warning Virus Detected” and all the other hijackers have NEVER been capable of doing anything like that. They may simply tempt you to install them with the entire content of a software bundle, and later on – just review your tracking history. Nevertheless, no hijacker’s intentions are to steal or spy, but to merely  try to sell you the product or service that you have currently been seeking. In order to successfully remove “Warning Virus Detected”, just scroll down to the Removal Guide below, and strictly follow the instructions it contains.

SUMMARY:

Name “Warning Virus Detected”
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Appearance of many pop-ups; substituted search engines and homepages; possible redirecting.
Distribution Method Many, the most common of which are software bundling; spam distributing; torrents; video and movie-sharing.

Apple “Warning Virus Detected” Removal


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.