It can be really annoying to have your iPhone or iPad’s screen covered in all kinds of nagging ads and although Apple devices experience such issues relatively rarely compared to Microsoft and Android products, it is still possible to get some kind of unpleasant software piece that floods your display with different unpleasant banners, pop-ups and even browser page-redirects while you are browsing. In some more extreme cases, your browser’s starting page or search engine might get replaced or altered in one way or another. Usually, the main cause behind such irritating irregularities are apps and other software components that fall under the category of the so-called browser hijackers. A browser hijacker (Bing Redirect or Searchbaron) is any form of software that can infiltrate your browser and mess with your internet settings for the purpose of then flooding you with different ads, banners, pop-ups, page-redirects and other similar types of online advertising materials. Naturally, the developers of such hijackers earn significant amounts of money through their products’ aggressive advertising campaigns. Of course, all of this happens at the expense of the end-user’s patience and nerves. After all, nobody enjoys having their screen littered with all sorts of intrusive and obstructive advertising materials. One thing to note here is that a hijacker might also show you potentially misleading web requests which might trick you into downloading and installing even more unnecessary and unwanted software on your device.
What is the Loompasplace Pop-up exactly?
The Loompasplace “Virus” is one of the more recent examples of a browser hijacker app for iPhone and iPad devices. Unlike nasty malware threats like Ransomware, Trojan Horses and Spyware, this irritating piece of software doesn’t actually infect your device. Instead, it tricks the users into willingly downloading it onto their devices by promoting itself as some kind of useful and helpful tool. In most cases, hijackers claim that they can make your online experience safer or provide you with some useful function. In other cases, they might get promoted as optimization software that can make your device operate faster and smoother. Of course, in most cases, this is all a ruse and you shouldn’t trust any software that claims it can do any of the aforementioned things because Apple devices do not really need any type of optimization or security software, especially if it is coming from some unknown and obscure developer that you have never even heard about.
Remove Loompasplace Pop-up “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.