Ads, banners and pop-ups on your iPhone/iPad device can be particularly frustrating, because they might oftentimes cover most if not all of the screen leaving you with no other choice but to tap on them, hoping that the annoying advertising materials will go away. This, however, is not something that we would advise you to do. If you are currently having this issue, then there’s certainly a piece of software on your smartphone or tablet that is responsible for the intrusive pop-up ads. To add to the unpleasant ads, it is also possible that you might experience sudden browser redirects which are also caused by the unwanted software.
Generally, apps that are responsible for this sort of problems are called Browser Hijackers and here we will be talking about one particular Browser Hijacker that has recently been released. Its name is Secure Check App “Virus” and you are about to learn what problems it might cause and how it gets installed on people’s devices. Also, since you are likely looking for a way to uninstall Secure Check App “Virus”, we have that covered in our removal guide down below.
How dangerous is Secure Check App “Virus”?
You might think that Browser Hijackers are some sort of nasty viruses similar to Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc. Surely, the unpleasant app might seem to act like a virus but it is, for the most part, not harmful. Remember that the most common use of Hijackers is online marketing, which is why it is unlikely that Secure Check App “Virus” would actually attempt to cause any damage. However, if you are not careful enough and accidentally click on any of the nagging banners or interact with the pages that the Hijacker could redirect you to, you risk compromising the security of your smartphone’s/tablet’s system. This is yet another reason why getting rid the Hijacker as soon as possible is preferable.
How to avoid them
The best advice that we can give you to help you fend off Hijackers in the future is to be very careful with what applications you are installing on your device and what sources you are using to download the apps. Generally, you should only be using the official iTunes app store, since it is the safest option. However, there are numerous examples of applications that have made it into the Store, which is why you should also make sure to look up each app you want to install before allowing it to get onto your device. Also, do not base your decision of whether to install a certain app solely on reviews and ratings from the iTunes store, since oftentimes Hijacker programmers try to manipulate those through use of fake profiles and spam bots.
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 web page” 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.