iPhone is a potentially unwanted application that targets iOS devices and hijacks their default web browsers without asking for approval.

The iPhone virus will display pop up ads and messages

Typically, will cause your Safari browser (or any other browser that is set as default) to redirect you to random web locations and spam the screen of your iPhone or iPad with obstructive pop-up advertisements and promotional banners.

Their main channel of distribution of browser hijackers like is via third-party applications outside of Apple’s App Store that users download and install on their device. They are usually bundled inside the installation kits of attractive-looking apps but you won’t realize that before you complete the installation process. That’s why most professionals will advise you that is it best to stick to the App Store when it comes to installing new applications on your iPhone or iPad if you don’t want to experience browser-hijacking issues.

Keep in mind, though, that even apps from reputed software developers in the App Store may sometimes include unwanted components, such as, which could cause undesired page redirects and aggressive ad-generation in your browser. This is why we always recommend to our readers to research the developers and the users’ feedback of any program that you are about to install on your iOS device.

As far as is concerned, you should not allow it to remain for long on your device because its unregulated advertisements and auto-redirects may potentially expose you to more serious online threats, including Ransomware viruses and Trojans. If you don’t know how to uninstall the unwanted program, our removal guide will assist you to do that quickly and without the need for expensive professional help.

Remove from iPhone

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:

  1. Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
  1. 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. 


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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