Hacker is tracking you
“Hacker is tracking you” is a representative of the browser hijacker category of software, and it specifically targets Apple iOS devices. “Hacker is tracking you” is compatible with most web browsing applications for iOS, such as Chrome and Safari.
If “Hacker is tracking you” has invaded your iPhone or iPad, then you will have found out about this through your browser. There will have likely been certain changes made to its configurations and interface that simply cannot go unnoticed. And they aren’t meant to, either! Unlike malware and viruses, browser hijackers like “Hacker is tracking you”, “Your iPhone is Not Protected” and “Critical threat” are actually supposed to be highly conspicuous as these programs are developed for advertising purposes.
“Hacker is tracking you” on iPhone
Apps like “Hacker is tracking you” carry out their advertising campaigns by generating large amounts of popups, banners, page redirects and various other forms of aggressive advertising directly on users’ devices. In addition, “Hacker is tracking you” may change some of the main browser’s settings, like for instance by introducing a new homepage and/or default search engine.
And while all this activity is fairly harmless in and of itself, there’s a possibility of it leading to danger. For instance, you may be redirected to an unsecure website that’s been compromised by hackers. And you could thus potentially even land an infection with some dangerous virus like a Trojan or ransomware.
Therefore we highly recommend removing “Hacker is tracking you” from your device, instead of risking the safety of your iPhone or iPad for no good reason. And below we have prepared a detailed removal guide that will help you with this task in a matter of just several easy steps.
|Name||“Hacker is tracking you”|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A new browser homepage and/or a replaced default search engine, together with numerous popups, banners, frequent page redirects, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Usually with the help of other apps that “Hacker is tracking you” is an inherent part of.|
“Hacker is tracking you” pop up message Removal
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.