Virus is a potentially unwanted application that commonly is installed in iPhones or iPads along with some other apps. Most of the time, tends to aggressively advertise various products and services on the screen by displaying tons of hard-to-remove ads, banners, and redirect links. Due to this, security researchers classify this program as a browser hijacker.

The virus on iPhone
The virus on iPhone

If you’re new to or “Clear Your iPhone From Malicious Attacks” on your iPhone (or iPad), it is easy to mistake this browser hijacker for a harmful virus or some piece of malware. Fortunately, the browser hijacking apps aren’t capable of attacking your iOS device in a direct way or damaging your records the way that ransomware or a Trojan would do. In general, the apps of this class of software are focused on displaying promotional web materials and redirecting users to sponsored pages. This behavior is annoying but not a direct danger to the system in the majority of cases.

The Virus

However, it is highly recommended that you stay away from the web materials that the virus tries to promote, as not everything that you see on the screen may be safe. The developers of the virus, in most cases, aren’t checking closely the quality and the reliability of the hundreds of ads, pop-ups, or websites that their software promotes.

This, naturally, means that when you click on a given link or a notification “powered by”, you do that at your own risk. And, you may end up on a website or bogus and fake offers, phishing pages, and real malware and viruses, including Trojans, Spyware, and Rootkits. If you want to prevent a close encounter with such threats, it is best not to click on the ads or simply remove with the help of the guide below.


Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)

Remove Virus

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.


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:

  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/


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. 


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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