Tips “Virus” Removal

It’s always an unpleasant experience when you have to deal with some sort of intrusive software piece that has made it inside your device and has started to bother you with its irritating activity. Even though Apple products rarely get such potentially unwanted applications installed onto them, it is still not impossible to have some sort of shady software installed onto your iPhone or Mac.

In this particular article, we will be focusing on an app that falls under the Browser Hijacker category due to its ability to mess with he user’s browser (Safari, Firefox) by changing it’s default starting page or triggering frequent web-page redirects. The name of the unpleasant piece of programming is “Virus” and it is a Browser Hijacker for iPhones and iPads. If you currently have this nagging application on your device, you can find instructions on how to uninstall it and get rid of it down this page, within our “Virus” removal guide manual.

iOS Hijackers

Browser Hijackers like this one aren’t normally harmful or dangerous. They aren’t like Ransomware or Trojan Horse viruses and are likely unable to cause any damage to the device. In fact, most of the times it is the users themselves that willingly install such apps on their smartphones or tablets. Of course, initially the user would think that the unwanted piece of software would actually be helpful an useful. However, as soon as it gets installed, it becomes obvious that the irritating application’s sole purpose is to benefit its developer via a number of Internet marketing techniques without actually providing the customer with any form of helpful function. Most of the time, apps like this one are advertised as system optimization/security tools or it is said that they’d make one’s online experience more pleasant. However, truth is that they hardly ever do what they are supposed to once they get installed onto the device.

Our advice

If you own an iPhone or an iPad and “Virus” is currently on your device/s, it is important that you remove it ASAP. Though the app is likely not harmful, it can still be rather annoying and irritating. Remember, most applications for Apple smartphones that claim to optimize the system or the browser of the device or serve as an antivirus are scam. The truth is that installing such a software on your iPhone might actually compromise its security rather than improve it. Therefore, we advise you to use our removal guide and get rid of the shady “Virus” as well as stay away from such obscure Browser Hijacker applications in future. “Virus” Removal


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. 

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