Vpn5aprotectplus is an unwanted software piece that hijacks the browsers of iPhone devices and uses them to promote different websites. Vpn5aprotectplus will force automatic page redirects in the browser without your permission, effectively boosting the traffic that the sites promoted by it receive.
There are two main issues associated with browser-hijacking apps like Vpn5aprotectplus. The first and more obvious one is the sheer irritation that is caused by the endless page redirects in the Safari and Chrome browsers of the users’ iPhones and by the sudden generation of obstructive pop-up messages, banners, and ads. This intrusive activity greatly affects one’s online experience in a negative way, by constantly obstructing the user and forcing them to go to sites that they don’t really want to visit.
The Vpn5aprotectplus Virus
The second problem, and arguably the more significant one, is the fact that a page-redirecting app like the Vpn5aprotectplus virus could greatly decrease the overall security of the device it is installed on. Albeit this is not the goal of most hijacker apps, it is still an indirect byproduct of their aggressive and uncontrolled advertising activities.
If you have a hijacker such as Vpn5aprotectplus on your device that is constantly rerouting your browser and forcing automatic page redirects to all kinds of sites, the chances of ending up on some unknown and potentially hazardous web location significantly increase. If you are unlucky, you may even end up getting your iPhone targeted by spyware, Ransomware, or Trojan horse viruses.
The correct solution to both of those problems is also the most obvious one – removing the hijacker. If you are having difficulty doing that on your own, the removal guide below can help you safely uninstall Vpn5aprotectplus and end its aggressive advertising campaign on your device.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Aggressive page redirects, screen-wide pop-ups and banners, and unwanted changes in the Safari app.|
|Distribution Method||Mainly distributed with the help of other apps with which the hijacker is bundled as a built-in component.|
Remove Vpn5aprotectplus 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:
- 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.