Introduction to iPhone Browser Hijackers
Apple products are famous for being very unlikely to catch a virus or some other form of undesirable software. However, no system is flawless and even iPhones and iPads can sometimes be susceptible to invasions from potentially unwanted applications. In the following lines, we will provide our readers with some key information about a Browser Hijacker app known as Heavily Damaged by Four Virus, which seems to be aimed at iPhones/iPads and many users have already complained about it. This irritating type of software seems to be able to change the homepage and search engine of the device’s browser (Safari, Firefox, etc.) as well as trigger unpleasant page redirects and display obstructive pop-up ads. Apart from being very annoying, such software behavior could also be potentially hazardous for your device if you aren’t careful. Down this page, we have provided our readers with instructions on the form of a removal guide, which will help you uninstall and fully eliminate the pesky application. We strongly advise you that you read the remainder of the article and then head down to the removal guide in order to get rid of Heavily Damaged by Four Virus ASAP.
Hijackers aren’t viruses
Despite their intrusive and irritating nature, most Browser Hijackers aren’t as dangerous or as malicious as actual viruses like Ransomware and Trojan horses are. Most of the time, a Hijacker would be nothing more than a pain in the neck that needs to be taken care of before it has caused any actual, more serious issues. However, up until the time the unwanted app has been thoroughly removed, you must make sure to avoid interaction with anything that comes from Heavily Damaged by Four Virus – do not tap on the banners or the pages that it might redirect you to and do not fall for the potentially misleading online offers that it might present you with. There is just no need to put your device at any unnecessary risk.
How to avoid Hijackers
The most common method used to get a Hijacker reach more devices is by disguising the unwanted piece of software as an app that might initially seem useful to the customer. A lot of Browser Hijackers are said to be some form of helpful utility that would make the device run faster or would help defend it against potential threats. However, most such applications for Apple products aren’t really what they are said to be and should be avoided. Therefore, be sure to always be very considerate with regards to what applications you are downloading on your iPhone or iPad.
Heavily Damaged by Four 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:
- 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.