Click here to secure your iPhone
Click here to secure your iPhone is a browser hijacker application that integrates itself with popular Internet browsers. Click here to secure your iPhone is most commonly used to distribute sponsored ads and redirect web users to specific websites.
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If you have recently noticed hundreds of pop-up ads, banners, and box messages in your default web browser (be it Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) then you may have been infected with one of the latest Browser Hijackers called “Click here to secure your iPhone”. Another symptom that you may have noticed could be a change in your browser’s homepage or a replacement of your preferred search engine. Now, this may look alarming initially but the presence of this app in your system is unlikely to cause direct damage. There is no reason to worry too much about this software since it surely can’t encrypt your files like a Ransomware or steal your passwords like a Trojan Horse.
Besides, our removal guide below will help you to promptly uninstall the irritating software and remove any remaining components. This will be enough to permanently remove all the nagging ads and you will no longer have to deal with unwelcome settings in your browser.
What is “Click here to secure your iPhone” doing on your device?
The Browser Hijackers are pieces of software, distributed for the sole purpose of generating specific pop-ups, banner ads, and other promotional materials on the users’ screen. Each of these advertisements has the potential to financially profit for the marketers, if they get clicked upon by the users. This is the so-called Pay-Per-Click online business model which many programs like “Click here to secure your iPhone” incorporate in order to generate profits for their developers. The Pay-Per-Click method and the developers’ strive for more profits explains the annoying positioning of the pop-up advertisements on most of the websites you are visiting.
If you are not familiar with the Pay-Per-Click tactics and the aggressive ad-generating and page-redirecting methods the Browser Hijacker may use, however, it is logical to suspect that “Click here to secure your iPhone” may be some form of virus or malware. Fortunately, that is not the case. Typically the Browser Hijackers don’t have the power to format your drives, encrypt valuable information or replicate themselves. All of these are attributes of far worse threats, such as Trojans and Ransomware.
However, there is still a small chance that the Browser Hijacker may indirectly expose you to some of these viruses. The ads we mentioned earlier, which are adjusted to attract clicks, can sometimes redirect to sites different from the one presented in the ad message. Sometimes the images and links shown on your screen are just going to be misleading. Because of this, there is a chance that you may end up getting linked to dangerous websites filled with various malicious programs that can exploit vulnerabilities in your system, often without your knowledge. Of course, such a series of events is quite rare but still, the risk exists and it can just add up to your desire to remove “Click here to secure your iPhone”.
|Name||“Click here to secure your iPhone”|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may start to experience automatic redirects to various sponsored web pages and a stream of aggressive ads.|
|Distribution Method||Typically, Browser Hijackers can be found in free download sites, torrents, spam messages and software bundles.|
Remove “Click here to secure your iPhone” Calendar Spam
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.
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.