If Biogrammad has entered your system, then you have landed yourself what is known as a browser hijacker. Biogrammad is particularly designed to target Apple iOS devices, i.e. iPhones, iPads and iPods.
This may come as a surprise to many users as browser hijackers were always thought to be the problem of Windows OS and subsequently of Android devices. Alas, no one is immune to these applications anymore, and Biogrammad can infect Safari browsers just as easily as Chrome. Furthermore, it will spam your screen with just as many annoying popups, banners, box messages and force page redirects on you in order to promote various web locations.
Another glaring symptom of a browser hijacker infection has to do with the changes made to your browser’s homepage and/or the default search engine. And if you try to change them back, Biogrammad will most likely override your adjustments and enforce its own yet again. This is how browser hijackers operate in general and that is what allows them to generate revenue for their developers.
But on a more serious level, browser hijackers like Biogrammad, Smmsky.co and Click Subscribe are undesirable also due to the possibility of them exposing your device to malware and viruses, even highly dangerous ones like Trojans and ransomware viruses. Hence, we would recommend trying to avoid interacting with any of the ads that this application is trying to push on you. And better yet, it’s advisable to remove Biogrammad altogether. We have even included a removal guide below to help you do this.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Page redirects to various sponsored web locations, changes made to the web browser’s settings without your approval, large quantities of ads always visible when browsing, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Typically as an integral part of different free applications from unverified developers.|
Biogrammad iPhone 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.
This is the first thing you should try if you are getting targeted by this kind of spam.
- Log in yo your account at iCloud.com and tap on Calendar.
- Tap on the Settings icon (a gear icon) located in the lower-left corner of the screen.
- Now, select Preferences and then Advanced.
- Change the Invitations setting from In-app notifications to Email to and provide your current email.
- Lastly, click on Save to confirm the change.
Note that after you do that, you will no longer get any events automatically added to your Calendar. Instead, they’d go to the email you have provided. This also applies to the spam you’ve been getting – it would too go to your email, but at least you won’t be getting the spam notifications on your screen.
The next part of this post will tell you how to check your iPhone for an actual Calendar spam virus and how to deal with such a virus if it gets detected.
To remove Biogrammad Calendar Virus quickly you can try this:
1. Go to Settings on your iPhone/iPad.
2. Open Passwords and Accounts.
3. Then go to Subscribed Calendars.
4. Look for anything that looks suspicious and delete it.
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.