Malware Detected is an undesirable iPhone application that generates obstructive banner and pop-ups and may redirect your Safari browser to unfamiliar websites. Experts have labeled Malware Detected as a browser hijacker that takes over the browser of the phone it’s installed on and uses it for advertising purposes.
Malware Detected on iPhone
Normally, people get Malware Detected after they install some obscure low-quality app on their iPhone that comes from an unreliable source and developer. In most cases, such apps as Malware Detected aren’t allowed in Apple’s App Store, yet it is not impossible for a hijacker to still end up getting uploaded to the Store.
Therefore, it is important to always be mindful of what you download and make sure to read the reviews of each separate app even if you are about to download it from the App Store.
Apple Security Malware Detected
People generally aren’t notified about the installation of browser hijackers like Apple Security Malware Detected because these unwanted software components are distributed as built-in elements added to other apps. This means that downloading the app that has the Apple Security Malware Detected attached to it would directly result in the installation of the hijacker without your knowledge.
And you will likely found about it by noticing changes made to your browser, such as the replaced homepage and/or default search engine.
If you currently have Malware Detected on your iPhone, it is recommended to remove it at the earliest opportunity. Apps like this one are known for acquiring all sorts of permissions on the device they are installed and this allows them to gather different information about you and your device as well as make various changes and execute unwanted processes. In some of the most severe instances, a hijacker’s presence in the device could lead to virus infections with Trojans, Spyware, or Ransomware. Therefore, you should take action as soon as possible and uninstall Malware Detected using the removal guide we offer below.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Hijacker symptoms oftentimes include the generation of obstructive pop-ups on the screen and the sudden redirection of the browser.|
|Distribution Method||In most cases, other apps are user to deliver the hijacker to the user’s computer with which the unwanted software has been bundled.|
All malware on iOS typically attempt to steal accounts. Even if you eradicate the malware there’s really no way to know if your passwords are safe aside from using a password manager. We recommend downloading Cyclonis to secure your accounts.
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Remove Malware Detected on 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.