A browser hijacker is certainly not something that you’d like to face on your Apple smart device. Software that belongs to the hijacker category might look legitimate at first and might promise to provide you with some kind of useful function (for free!) but the reality of things is that it’s most probable goal is to spam you with ads and make you buy some kind of software product that you most likely don’t need.
Gifts-for-you.cf “Virus” is an example of such software component – it is a piece of software that might present itself to you as something useful that would make your browsing experience better or safer. However, as soon as this app gets installed on your iPhone, you will most likely start to experience the unpleasant effects that its bound to have on your browser and on your overall online experience. Page-redirects, ads generation, intrusive pop-ups and banners that try to persuade you into tapping on them and buying whatever it is that they offer. Some more sneaky and aggressive pop-ups might even try to mislead you into thinking that your device has some sort of virus in it or some other type of software issue that only the advertised software product could deal with. Needless to say, you are not supposed to trust such notifications and instead of tapping on them, you ought to find their source inside your device and eliminate it.
But how can you remove a hijacker?
Since we are mostly focusing on Gifts-for-you.cf because it is one of the more recent browser hijackers for Apple devices, below we will show you how you can remove it from your device. Just remember that, although those apps aren’t real viruses, they are still undesirable and could still lead to a number of issues you certainly don’t want to be dealing with. Therefore, make sure that after reading this short post, you head down to our removal guide for Gifts-for-you.cf and use the instructions there to get rid of the pesky app.
Also, in future, be more selective about the software you install on your device – do not trust random obscure apps that tell you they are going to provide you with some incredible functionality free of any charge cause that is pretty much never the truth and you are far more likely to end up with some unwanted software piece the likes of Gifts-for-you.cf.
Remove Gifts-for-you.cf “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.