If you have noticed that your iPhone, iPad or iPod has recently been infected with a program called Safari Virus, you’re right to have come to this page. Safari Virus is a browser hijacker and it is responsible for changing the default search engine and homepage in your device’s browser, as well as the constant redirects that it has started to subject you to, without even asking for your permission. Well, below is some more information about what this program is really all about, as well as a removal guide that will help you get rid of this hijacker, as well as remove all its nagging ads and annoying changes to your browser settings.
The purpose of Safari Virus and potential risks
Programs like this browser hijacker serve the purposes of the online marketing industry, which is why they constantly generate and expose users to vast quantities of various online ads, such as popups, banners, etc. Based on the number of times those users interact with the said ads, the developers of the browser hijackers earn revenue. And with that in mind, it’s in their very best interest that you see and interact with as many more ads as possible.
And in order to make that happen, the developers tend to program their hijackers like Safari Virus to look into each separate user’s browsing history. Not only that, but they also tend to extract and analyze certain aspects of it, such as the websites you tend to visit the most, as well as your latest online search requests. Based on this data the hijacker can then determine which of its ads may be more likely to attract your attention. And they, in fact, actually adjust the flow of ads to match each individual’s browsing preferences.
However, as this is most certainly considered to be a privacy violation, security experts tend to sort browser hijackers like this one in the potentially unwanted program or PUP category. Another potentially dangerous thing about them is that they can have capacity of exposing your device to far more harmful threats, like Trojan horse viruses and ransomware. With this in mind it is best to simply do your best to avoid interacting with the ads and remove their source asap. Following this, you can benefit from looking up any apps that you may be willing to download beforehand from now on. That way you can make sure there isn’t some hijacker integrated with them, so you don’t end up in the same situation as you are in now.
Safari Virus on iPhone Removal
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.