Although Apple products are know for their high levels of security, even devices such as iPhones and iPads are not immune to unwanted and potentially dangerous software. Here, we will tell you about a recently released representative of one such software category that can enter your device alongside another app and then hijack your browser in order to start flooding it with ads and redirecting your searches to pages with potentially questionable contents. Some components of the browser such as the search engine that it uses as its default one as well as the addresses set to its homepage and new-tab page may also get affected by the invasive app and replaced with new ones. The name of the software we are currently telling you about is the Backupvpn.com “Virus” and due to its invasive abilities, it is categorized as a browser hijacker. If you have it on your device, then you have likely recently installed some app that had the unwanted hijacker component in it and that is how it has gotten in your device. Backupvpn.com, however, is no virus or Trojan or some other nasty infection. It’s goal is to show you ads and make you tap on them as this earns money for its creators. The whole purpose of hijackers like Backupvpn.com, Happy.luckstarclub.com is to flood the screens of the users with advertisements and to make money that way. The problem is that you aren’t really given any options that would allow you to stop the ads and the page-redirects. You also lack control over what the displayed ads are going to be. This could potentially compromise the safety of your device as you can get shown advertisements that originate from shady sites that you shouldn’t visit. Because of this, you’d do good if you remove the hijacker from your device by following the next instructions.
Remove Backupvpn.com Scam “Virus”
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.
Do not trust any of the adverts if you wish to keep your iPhone safe!
As we already mentioned, you can’t exactly know what a given hijacker-generated advert is going to be linked to. It may indeed be a good discount offer but it could also be a sketchy website that has malware inside of it. Also, many such invasive banners, pop-ups and other similar forms of advertisement may try to lie to you by telling you that your iPhone or iPad needs some optimization or security software that would fix certain system issues. The thing is, there aren’t really any issues with your system and the advert is simply trying to scare you into buying some unneeded piece of software. All in all, software components like Backupvpn.com are really not something that you’d enjoy having in your device which is why we once again remind you that removing it and uninstalling the app that has brought it to your device is usually the best course of action that you can take in such a situation. So, have a look at our uninstallation guide and follow its steps to remove Backupvpn.com.