Browser hijackers can be a genuine pain in the neck, especially when they also manage to invade your iPhone,iPad and start terrorizing you there, too. One of the latest programs of this type is called Congratulations You Won “Virus”. And just like the other hijackers, it will invade your Chrome or Safari browser, change its homepage, set a new default search engine and start redirecting you to seemingly random websites. Not to mention all the annoying online ads that start filling your screen when you least want them too. If you’re here because of this exact browser hijacker, we can show you how to remove it from your portable device in just a few simple steps.
But what is a browser hijacker really?
Before you head over to our handy removal guide below, let’s first explain very briefly what Congratulations You Won “Virus” is and why it does what it does. Hijackers are generally just online advertising tools that are used to help promote different products and services. But at the same time they also generate revenue for their developers through those very same online ads. And usually it’s every interaction with those ads (e.g. tap, click, etc.) that converts to a certain small amount of money.
So, logically, the developers of programs like Congratulations You Won “Virus” will do everything in their power to maximize their profit from the said ads. And this is where things start getting kind of ugly. Aside from just bluntly hurling popups and banners at you, hijackers usually keep an eye on your browsing patterns and take note of them. For example, your most recent search requests, the websites you visit the most and even the things you like and share on social media are all taken into consideration. This allows the advertising programs to determine which of their ads will be more likely to interest you.
But besides the whole prying thing, there are more serious issues associated with software like Congratulations You Won “Virus”. One thing is that it may be capable of severely slowing down your device and compromising its performance. Aside from that, its defense mechanisms may also be hindered, which can expose you to various viruses and other threats like Trojans and ransomware. That’s not to say that Congratulations You Won “Virus” is also a virus – not at all. But its actions may potentially put you at risk of contracting one. The best thing to do in this case would be to see to the removal of this hijacker and try to prevent other such programs from getting into your device. You can do this by only using your App Store to download apps and by also research them beforehand to find out whether they contain a browser hijacking component.
Congratulations You Won “Virus” Pop up 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.