Browser hijackers can be very annoying and if you have found that your iPhone or other Apple device has recently been infected by one such program, we can easily understand your desire to have it removed. Today we’ll be discussing Mobile Dev Safety “Virus” – one of the latest programs of this type – and why exactly it’s acting as annoyingly as it is, by filling your screen with various ads and changing the homepage and default search engine of your browser. The constant page redirects that your browser initiates without your approval are hardly any fun either. That’s why below you can make use of our detailed removal guide, which will help you rid yourself of all the ads and restore your browser settings to their previous state.
What programs like Mobile Dev Safety “Virus” are really all about
Browser hijackers exist for the sole purpose of promoting various products and services by means of generating online ads, such as popups and banners, and displaying them on the screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod. In this way they ensure that the vendors of the said products and services can benefit, as well as that the developers can also make a profit from the clicks (or taps) on those ads.
But in pursuit of larger profits, programs like Mobile Dev Safety “Virus” often try to optimize their advertising campaigns by means of prying into the users’ privacy. By that we mean that browser hijackers have the ability to monitor your online browsing patterns and extract certain details related to it. Such are, for example, your most recent search requests and the type of websites you visit. All of this data can grant the hijacker with an understanding of the type of content that interests you and which of it ads you will be more likely to interact with. Another thing you should be aware of with programs of this type is that they can unwillingly expose you to viruses and other dangerous software, like Trojans and ransomware. This can take place if you happen to run into a fake, malicious ad in the midst of various other popups and banners that bombard your screen.
As browser hijackers that affect Apple devices usually come integrated with other apps, it is up to you to research the apps you are interested in before you install them on your device. Be sure to always use the App store for this purpose and look them up to make sure they don’t have a hijacker incorporated in them.
Mobile Dev Safety “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.