Remove Popup

If opening the browsing app on your iPhone or iPad results in the whole screen becoming covered with intrusive and annoying adverts and page-redirects, then know that this phenomenon is not natural and should not be occurring. Usually, the cause behind such an intrusive browser behavior is a piece of software known as a browser hijacker. If you are currently dealing with such ads, then there’s probably a hijacker on your devices as well. You might or might not remember installing it. Regardless, know that this is not something that’s supposed to be on your Apple device which is why, at the bottom of this post, you will find a short guide on how to remove one of the most recent hijackers out there – the so-called Pop  Up Ad. There are many who have already had this software piece installed on their iPhones and the intrusiveness that it is bound to cause can oftentimes lead to frustration. After all, nobody likes to have their device’s display covered in annoying ads while the affected user is unable to browser the online space in peace.

But how did Pop Up get on the device?

This is indeed a good question and the answer to it will help you avoid landing such software in the future. Hijackers oftentimes tend to get promoted as useful and helpful tools that are supposed to help you with your browsing – make your browser safer, make it better optimized or make some other change to it that should benefit you in some way. However, as you have probably already guessed, a hijacker such as would hardly ever bring you any actual useful function that you could benefit from. Those apps are primarily focused on earning money through displaying ads on your screen and the actual use you could get from them is usually really limited (if any).

On the flip side, there are actually a number of issues that a hijacker could bring – an app like that might sometimes show you sales offers that aggressively prompt you to buy a certain product and which might even try to mislead you that your device needs that software product due to some non-existent issue. In some more severe cases, you might even get redirected to unreliable web addresses that could be hazardous for your device’s health. That’s why, we advise you to remove using our guide and also to stay away from unreliable apps in the future that promise you some exaggerated free functionality.

Remove Pop up Ad

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.

Remove Popup

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.

Remove Popup

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/

Remove Popup

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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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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