Fireblocker is an aggressive ad-displaying application that hijacks the browsers of iPhone devices and forces them to cause page redirects to certain promoted sites. Fireblocker gets installed in users’ smartphones by getting distributed with the help of other apps to which it is attached.
If you’ve recently noticed that this unwanted software has become a part of your iPhone, you are probably eager to find a way to get the browser-hijacking software away from your device. In most cases, in order to manage to remove a hijacker like Fireblocker, you’d need to find out which app you’ve recently downloaded has brought you the hijacker and uninstall that application. Since the hijacker would be attached to it, this is typically the only way to free your Safari browser from the hijacker’s effects and restore your homepage and search engine as those browser elements are oftentimes altered by hijackers like Fireblocker.
In general, the sooner you rid your iPhone of Fireblocker, the better. Apps like this hijacker are considered to be unwanted and the reason for this stems from more than the sheer annoyance that they cause. Usually, this type of applications are able to acquire many permissions in the device that they aren’t supposed to have. This gives them the opportunity to start different processes in your device without permission. This, in turn, may lead to the compromising of your device’s security and its potential exposure to viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, Ransomware, and other threats. The best solution for you right now is to quickly head down to our guide down below and follow the removal steps explained there.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Hijacker apps on iPhones are known for causing the generation of aggressive pop-ups and the redirection of the browser to unknown sites.|
|Distribution Method||The method that is usually used to spread apps like Fireblocker is their bundling with other applications that users are more likely to willingly download.|
Remove Fireblocker App
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.