Although Apple products are less susceptible to getting invaded by unwanted or hazardous software, this doesn’t mean you cannot get some invasive app such as a browser hijacker on your iPhone or iPad. Common symptoms related to such software annoyances are the generation of random banners on your screen, the replacement of the homepage of your browsers, as well as sudden page-redirects to sites that try to sell you something or get you to play some sham browser game. Of course, this could all lead to frustration and irritation while you are browsing, but this is actually the lesser problem with the hijackers. What’s worse about having a hijacker in your Safari, Chrome or Firefox, is that it may potentially land you on pages with shady content or even on ones used to spread Trojans, Spyware and other insidious viruses.
“You Have Won iPhone” appears on the Calendar
You Have Won iPhone is one annoying hijacker for iPhone devices that tries to promote the You Have Won iPhone page in the users’ browsers by making it their new homepage or by frequently redirecting them to it. As we already said, you may also start seeing random promotional banners and ads on your screen, especially when you are connected to the Internet. The good news is that it shouldn’t be too difficult to remove this annoyance. Just use the guide below and follow its instructions – by the time you are done, You Have Won iPhone should no longer be there to bother you.
As far as the future safety of your device is concerned, make sure to never download new apps from shady sources or you may easily get another hijacker like You Have Won iPhone inside your iPhone. Also, do not trust every app that tells you it will make your device run faster, as many hijackers are oftentimes disguised as optimization tools for iPhone.
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If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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.