Security-protect.org is an app that may commonly be encountered on iPhones and iPads. This app is notorious for its ability to display various ads, banners, and pop-ups on the screen and reroute web users to sponsored web locations.
In general, the Security-protect.org advertisements do not represent a direct danger to your iOS device, but they cannot be trusted, since they may sometimes expose you to harmful web material that may hide online threats like viruses, ransomware, Trojans, and more. That’s why the best way to avoid such risks is to remove Security-protect.org from your iPhone or iPad as soon as possible.
Users who have this program on their device typically complain not only from nagging ads all over the screen but also from various unauthorized changes in the settings of their browser, be that Safari, Chrome, or the default Internet app. Most commonly, the changes involve the replacement of the homepage with a new Security-protect.org-related address and the installation of a new search engine that serves as an auto-redirect tool that reroutes the users’ searches to various sponsored sites.
Fortunately, the victims of Security-protect.org don’t have to endure all these activities forever. Below this post, there is a removal guide that explains how to deal with the potentially unwanted program quickly and effectively.
If you want to keep such software away from your iPhone or iPad in the future, our best recommendation is to always pay attention to the apps that you download and install because, more often than not, Security-protect.org and apps similar to it may be bundled inside the installer. This isn’t that common for software found in the Official Apple Store but is a common practice in third-party App Stores.
Security-protect.org iPhone Removal
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:
- 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.