Vars.hotjar.com is a type of software that can be described as an iPhone browser hijacker. The main goal of apps like Vars.hotjar.com is to flood the screen of the device they are installed on with ads, pop-ups, browser page redirects, and other similar forms of advertisement.


The Vars.hotjar.com Virus on iPhone.

If this is the first time you encounter a browser hijacker, you may even think that your iPhone has gotten attacked by a Trojan horse or a Ransomware virus. Fortunately, apps like Vars.hotjar.com are typically incapable of damaging the systems they are installed or the files located in them. The hijacker apps are primarily aimed at advertising something, be it different software products, online services, or sites. Through their uncontrolled ads, however, some browser hijacker apps may expose users to unsafe content and malicious software threats such as the aforementioned Trojans and Ransomware viruses. Therefore, if you are currently dealing with Vars.hotjar.com on your iPhone, you are advised to seek ways to uninstall this app, or else you may end up getting your device targeted by more serious software hazards. If you don’t know how to remove Vars.hotjar.com, you can try the removal steps that can be found inside the guide down below.

Also, if you want to avoid such software in the future, you must never download stuff from locations that aren’t trusted. Since you are an iPhone user, it’s best if you only download new apps from Apple’s App Store. That way, the chances of landing another hijacker app would be brought down to a minimum.


Name Vars.hotjar.com
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Commonly reported symptoms are ads on the lock-screen, sudden browser page redirects, aggressive pop-ups, and more.
Distribution Method Usually distributed in the form of .apk files via third-party download sources for apps.
Detection Tool [Guide_iOS]

Vars.hotjar.com Virus 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:

  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


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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