Your iPhone is severely damaged
Some people may often experience disturbances of their browsing, caused by a special type of programs known as browser hijackers. If you landed on this page because some strange ad-generating activity and search engine or homepage changes have taken place in your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, etc.), then you should know that you are most probably dealing with a program of this type. Your iPhone is severely damaged “Virus” is a freshly released browser hijacker, and in the next lines, we are going to tell you more about it. We are also going to provide you with a free removal guide on how to effectively remove the strange changes and uninstall this program without professional help. Just make sure you carefully read what follows and let us know if you face any difficulties.
Why may it not be a good idea to keep “Your iPhone is Severely Damaged” Scam Virus?
The programs that have the ability to change the browser settings are usually called browser hijackers and they belong to the potentially unwanted program category (PUP). Your iPhone is severely damaged “Virus” is a program of this type and it can initiate some quite irritating and unwanted changes in the way your browser operates. For instance, it may start to redirect you to various unknown sites every time you try to search something in your browser, or it may open up a new tab or new window without your approval. This potentially unwanted program may also promote offers by displaying various ads, pop-ups, and banners or may replace your search engine with another one in order to modify your search results. Such activity is generally not virus-like and has nothing in common with real malicious threats (Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc.) however, it may cause you some inconvenience and irritation and may force you to visit different third-party web pages, some of which may be a bit risky. The variety of sites and products, advertised by Your iPhone is severely damaged “Virus”, may eventually expose you to some types of suspicious content (and even some well-camouflaged virus transmitters), that’s why, from a security point of view, it is not recommended to interact with the browser hijacker and its ads.
The creators of this browser hijacker, however, may not be that concerned about the security and the privacy of the users as they are mainly focused on the profits, which Your iPhone is severely damaged Virus may earn for them thanks to an aggressive online advertising method known as pay-per-click. If the users do not uninstall the program from their system and click on its popping suggestions, however, they may risk encountering very tedious redirects to external web pages that may contain some viruses or even worse malware threats such as Trojans or Ransomware. For this reason, we usually recommend our readers to get rid of the browser hijacker by performing a system scan with appropriate security software or remove it manually by using the instructions in the removal guide below.
Another problem with this browser hijacker is related to your privacy and you should carefully read the EULA, provided by the program developers if you want to be aware of what exactly Your iPhone is severely damaged “Virus” is capable of. You may be surprised to find out that browser hijackers commonly collect personal information from online users in a number of ways. For example, they may keep track of the latest browsing queries, search history, and other minor but important details of your preferences. The information they collect from you is typically used to display targeted ads for you. After installing this potentially unwanted program, you may not only receive ads in the search results but also as pop-up ads and banners on the webpages you visit. To avoid these annoying consequences, you may want to permanently uninstall Your iPhone is severely damaged “Virus”.
How did I install Your iPhone is severely damaged Virus?
Most of the potentially unwanted programs move in a package with other free programs and thus, enter the target systems with the user’s permission, but without their knowledge (in most cases). The user is trapped if they do not pay attention to the statements in the installation settings of the software. Typically, under Default and Standard Settings, there are several statements that indicate that the user agrees to install “Recommended Programs” along with the basic software. To deny this installation, the user must select Custom or Advanced settings and then remove the bookmarks to install these suggested programs. We also advise you not to download suspicious apps from third-party web pages, whether it’s a stand-alone program, a new browser tab, or a browser extension. Boring, ad-supported programs can be easily installed, while removing them can be a very difficult task. If you already installed the already mentioned browser hijacker, follow these instructions in the guide below to get rid of it.
|Name||Your iPhone is severely damaged|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The hijacker’s ads and the imposed browser changes are sure to give away the unpleasant app’s presence.|
|Distribution Method||The most popular methods for spreading such apps are the malvertising and the file-bundling.|
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Your iPhone is severely damaged Scam Virus Removal
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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.
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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.