Has your Apple device started behaving weird lately? You open your Chrome or Safari browser only to find that it looks different: the homepage is different, you don’t recall setting that default search engine? Perhaps you’ve started seeing way too many ads on the screen of your iPhone or iPad lately? Well, this is all the work of a program designed to be doing just that and it goes by the name of Applock App (Virus Warning). Applock Virus Warning for iPhone is a browser hijacker and it will keep annoying you with its constant advertising until you finally remove it from your portable device. How? We’ll show you in our step-by-step removal guide, just below this article.
What is Applock App? How did it get inside my device?
For starters, Applock App (Virus Warning) is not a malicious program or virus and it doesn’t aim to inflict any harm either on you or your device. However, there are a number of reasons not to want to keep it on your iPhone or iPad for any longer than it’s already been there. For one, it has the capacity of exposing you to various online threats, including viruses like ransomware. This can happen as a result of the numerous page redirects, as well as the constant ads that could at some point perhaps land you on an insecure webpage.
Another thing you should know is that Applock Virus Warning is likely spying on you right now. Not in a creepy way, but it’s most probably looking into your browsing history and recording your browsing patterns, such as search queries, bookmarks, websites you visit, etc. It does this with the aim of determining which of its ads are more likely to attract your attention. It will then position those ads so that you will be more prone to interact with them, which is how the developers make money.
Now with all that messy stuff cleared up, you will probably want to know how this hijacker got your smartphone or tablet in the first place. Unfortunately, the bitter truth is that you downloaded it yourself. Programs like these come as inherent parts of other apps that are usually available for free download and it’s very common for users to run into them every now and then. What you can do to try and minimize the risk of this reoccurring is always using the App Store to download apps. In addition, look up the apps you’re thinking of downloading online and check reviews. That way you will at least have some chance of knowing whether the program comes with a pesky hijacker inside.
Applock Virus Warning iPhone 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:
- 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.