The following page was created to help users remove the Blocked-Police.com iPhone Virus from Safari and their iPhone in general.
Blocked-Police.com is a piece of software that is categorized as a Browser Hijacker. These are a type of unwanted software that is known to invade both PC’s/laptops and iPhone devices. When it comes to iPhone Browser Hijackers such as Blocked-Police.com, the most common complaints regarding them are their tendency to display unpleasant and heavily obstructive pop-ups and banners on the user’s screen. Additionally, sometimes they could also cause the browser to get redirected without the user’s permission. Both of those issues are more than enough reason to get rid of the Hijacker ASAP, which is why we have also created a removal manual that you can find down below to help you uninstall the unpleasant software if it has already made its way inside your iPhone smartphone or tablet.
Are Hijackers the same as viruses?
Users complaining from Blocked-Police.com are often mistakenly led to think that their device has been attacked by some form of a malicious and dangerous virus the likes of Ransomware or a Trojan. Browser Hijackers are unpleasant and obstructive, but they are not real malware. Usually, their goal is solely focused on online advertising (hence the banners and the redirects) and has little to do with actually causing any harm to your device. That being said, the ads, as well as the sites you might get redirected to may not always be safe. Our advice for you is to avoid any interaction with them or else you might expose your smartphone/tablet to more serious threats. We understand how annoying and frustrating it could be to have a Hijacker on your device and how difficult it is to avoid tapping on those banners. This is yet another reason why it would be best if you make sure to use our guide in order to remove the unwanted software as soon as you are done reading here.
How to prevent getting more Hijackers like Blocked-Police.com
iPhone Hijackers are most commonly spread to people’s smartphones and tablets with the help of other apps that serve as decoys and at the same time carry the Hijacker. Usually, most such apps do not make it inside the iTunes store. This is why we advise you to only download new applications from there and avoid third-party sources. However, there are more than enough examples of shady Hijacker apps that have gotten into the Store and, from there, into a lot of user devices. In order to prevent that from happening, you should also conduct your own research regarding new apps you want to install even if they are from iTunes store.
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.