Tips “Virus” Removal (for iPhone)

It is a rarity for an iPhone or an iPad to get some form of unwanted and potentially hazardous software installed on it yet it is certainly not impossible. In the following lines we will be talking about a piece of software known as “Virus” which has been reported to mess with the browser programs (Safari, Firefox) of Apple devices by changing their starting page or opening new websites without the user’s permission. The appearance of pesky and irritating pop-ups is also possible with this irritating app. Due to it’s intrusive behavior, experts have labeled “Virus” as a Browser Hijacker – this is a type of software that is normally used to generate money via online marketing. While most programs and apps that belong to this category aren’t dangerous, they can oftentimes be extremely irritating and frustrating. For that reason, down below we have prepared for you a short guide which will help you to uninstall the Hijacker and to fully remove it from your device.

More about iOS Browser Hijackers

As we already said above, “Virus” is probably not going to cause any damage to your device’s system. Browser Hijacker aren’t actual viruses and unlike real threats such as Ransomware and Trojans, Hijackers for Apple devices are, in fact, normally distributed like legitimate applications and programs. The chances are that if you currently have the irritating app on your device you have actually installed it yourself. The reason why a lot of users tend to get such unpleasant pieces of software onto their devices is simple – at first most Hijackers actually seem like useful and helpful applications that would improve certain aspect of your your device. The app might be advertised as a helpful system optimization tool or it might be said that it would improve your online experience or make your device better protected. Of course, this is hardly ever the case, yet a lot of customers seem to be falling for this.

Prevention tips

It is crucial that you remember to pay close attention to what you are installing on your iPhone or iPad from now on. Normally, Apple products do not need any sort of security or optimization software so bear that in mind. Always make sure to carry out your own personal research on the apps that you are about to install before you actually launch the installation process since though rare, it is still possible for a shady piece for software to make it inside the Apple Store. “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:

  1. Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
  1. 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. 

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