Oc-protection.com is a browser hijacker that operates strictly on Apple iOS devices, namely iPods, iPads and iPhones. Once installed on your device, Oc-protection.com embeds itself in the main Chrome or Safari browser and begins to spam it with ads.
The ads can come in every shape and size, most notably popups and banners. But browser hijackers like Oc-protection.com are also notorious for their annoying page redirects that can reroute you in the middle of a browsing session and take you to some sponsored web location. Through the display of these ads and by sending you to different sites, the developers of software like Oc-protection.com earn revenue. And in order to make their campaigns more effective, the browser hijacker may impose a new search engine and new homepage no you.
Furthermore, in order to display ads that would be more relevant to each individual user, the hijacker may even gather browsing-related information from your device. This is not only intrusive, but it may slow your iPhone or iPad down significantly and might even compromise the performance of other apps.
But the potential negative consequences of Oc-protection.com being present on your device don’t end there. As a result of its activities, you run the risk of being exposed to viruses and malware. Thus, in order to diminish the chances of running into some dangerous ransomware virus or Trojan, we would recommend removing Oc-protection.com as without further ado. And below is a removal guide that can show you exactly how to do that.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Endless popups, banners, box messages and streams of various other ads constantly spamming your screen during web browsing sessions.|
|Distribution Method||Apps of this type are generally included as integral parts in various free apps from unverified developers.|
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.