If you have already had Ratarvis.info “Virus” installed on your iPhone, then you know how annoying and obstructive it can be. This potentially unwanted application is from the Browser Hijacker category – a type of software, notorious for its tendency to display intrusive and obstructive popups and banners on the device’s screen and also trigger browser redirects to random websites that the user did not want to visit. The idea behind all this is to earn money through online advertising. However, obviously the method used by such Browser Hijackers can oftentimes be considered aggressive and also, in some instances, applications such as Ratarvis.info “Virus” could also represent potential security hazards. Therefore, here we will help our readers, who have had the unpleasant software installed on their devices, remove it so that it no longer bothers them.
Browser Hijackers and software viruses
Something that needs to be clarified regarding Browser Hijackers is that they are not actual viruses. Even though sometimes you might see people referring to them as malware, this does not mean that a Browser Hijacker is the same as, for example, a malicious Trojan horse or nasty Ransomware virus. Most Hijackers are not actually capable of causing any actual damage to one’s device. Still, one must remain careful when an application such as Ratarvis.info “Virus” is on their device since, as was already noted above, Hijackers can still contain potential security risks. Our advice for all our readers that have the unpleasant software on their iPhones is to avoid tapping on any of the nagging banners and avoid interacting with the contents of the sites they get redirected to. There is just no need to take any unnecessary risks. Besides, keep in mind that the only truly effective way to stop the banners and page redirects is to get rid of the application that causes them.
Most people do not realize when or how Browser Hijackers get installed on their Apple smartphones. The reason for this is the method that most Hijacker developers use so as to spread their products. In the majority of cases, the undesirable software is bundled with another app and gets installed along with it. The only way to avoid this is to simple try and discern applications that could potentially contain Browser Hijackers. A good piece of advice would be to only use the App Store and avoid third-party sources. However, it is also advisable to look up new apps that you want to install even if they are from the App Store. Do that and the chances of you landing a Browser Hijacker will be drastically decreased.
Ratarvis.info “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.