Guardapl.com is a browser hijacker that is specifically aimed at iOS devices, and their browsers in particular. Namely, Guardapl.com can infect your Safari or Chrome browsing application and take over some of its key settings.
This is why the very first symptoms of an infection of this type include the change of your default search engine and the browser homepage. In addition, your browser may be set to trigger page redirects to different sponsored web locations. This can be quite annoying and may heavily interfere with your regular browsing, and is often reason enough for users to want to remove Guardapl.com from their iPhone or iPad.
But the irritation doesn’t stop at that. There are numerous types online advertising messages generated by this app directly on your screen during browsing sessions. These may come in the shape of popups, banners, box messages and others. And the only chance you stand of removing all of these frustrating streams of ads is by removing Guardapl.com itself. And below you can find a removal guide that will help you take care of this in a matter of a few simple steps.
Don’t panic thinking that Guardapl is in fact some type of virus or malware that has infected your device. It’s not. But software like Guardapl does have the capacity of making your iPhone, iPad or iPod more vulnerable to virus attacks and that is a serious concern already. So in order to decrease the chance of running into Trojans, ransomware or some other form of malicious code, it’s best to simply uninstall this hijackers ASAP.
Remove Guardapl.com Virus
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.
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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.