Faststep is a type of undesirable iPhone software that can affect the behavior of the device by causing it to show aggressive pop-ups and ads on the screen. Faststep may also page-redirect your browser searches and secretly collect information about your online activities.
Apps like it are known as browser hijackers, and they are one of the most widespread forms of unwanted software. Their main goal is to promote products/sites and make money from the paid ads. However, in doing so, a hijacker like Faststep could make your device vulnerable to different hazards such as phishing sites, online scams, harmful malware.
One of the main problems with apps like Faststep or Clear Your iPhone From Malicious Attacks is that it likely has a wide range of permissions on the device which could allow it to tamper with the settings of different apps and even install new software without asking you for permission.
Keeping your iPhone secure
Obviously, you need to remove this software ASAP to prevent further complications, but you must also make sure to take the necessary precautions in order to keep similar rogue apps away from your iPhone in the future.
A common method used by the developers of browser hijackers is to embed the hijacker within some other app. Such hijacker-delivering apps are a rarity in the Apple App Store so downloading software from there is typically safe. However, if you need to download a certain app that’s not available there, and you need to get it from another source, you must make sure that the other download source is reliable, and you must also see what users on the Internet have to say about the app you want. This can often help you figure out if the app isn’t bundled with anything unwanted that you shouldn’t allow into your device.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
Remove Faststep Calendar virus 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:
- 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.
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