You may not have known this up until now, but even your iPhones, iPad and iPods can sometimes be susceptible to annoying programs like browser hijackers. In fact, one of the latest of its kind is Congrats.net “Virus”, and you are probably here because of it. Most people become aware of the infection when they notice certain changes to their Chrome or Safari browser. These include a change to your browser’s homepage, a new default search engine and frequent page redirects when you try to browse the web. In addition, numerous online ads begin to crowd your screen, which can be very annoying at times and even obtrusive. Don’t worry, though, we have you covered. Below is a removal guide that will show you how to remove Congrats.net “Virus” from your device.
The risks of having a browser hijacker
A common misconception regarding this type of software is that it is malicious and similar to a virus, like a Trojan or ransomware. Luckily for you, that’s far from the truth. Congrats.net is most certainly not a virus, but it could potentially expose you to one, if kept on your iPhone or iPad long enough. The thing is that programs of this type tend to want to keep showing you various ads and get you to tap on them. In addition, you’ve already had to experience how often they can redirect you to pages you never intended to visit. All of this could potentially expose you to online threats and don’t make the mistake of thinking that your device is immune to those.
Another thing you should know about Congrats.net and others like it is that its presence may also lead to a noticeable slowdown in your device’s performance. It could start to lag, your browser might begin to crash and all of this will just lead to more irritation and frustration. Is that really necessary? We didn’t think so.
So, the best thing to do now is to follow the simple removal instructions below and get rid of the advertising piece of software, before you run into bigger trouble. In addition, it would be wise to see to it that you don’t fall into similar traps in the future. As browser hijackers like Congrats.net often come integrated with other apps, be sure to only use the App Store to download new programs. Besides that you can also take the time to look them up online beforehand. That way you can find out for yourself if it comes with a hijacker in it or not, before you actually download the app in question.
Congrats.net “Virus” Removal
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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.