In this age of digital technology, where most of our lives revolve around it, it’s difficult to dodge the presence of online ads. Even our iPhone, iPads and iPods are sometimes prone to contracting different ad-generating software and making our lives miserable with all the page redirects and browser changes. Like “Warning Virus Alert: Call Apple”, for example, which is one of the latest browser hijackers developed for portable iOS devices. It will typically change the homepage and default search engine of your Chrome or Safari browser. And on top of that it will also start generating loads of annoying ads on your screen. If you have somehow landed “Warning Virus Alert: Call Apple” on your device and you’re now looking for a way to remove it, below is a removal guide that can help you take care of that on your own.
Do browser hijackers pose a threat?
A program like “Warning Virus Alert: Call Apple” can certainly cause a whole lot of irritation, but what really worries users is whether or not they are in any form of danger. One thing is for sure and that is that this is not any kind of virus or malware. Browser hijackers don’t seek to harm your device or you. All they’re after is the effective exposure of their online ads, so that the developers can profit.
However, in striving to achieve that, software of this type has been known to snoop around and monitor your browsing patterns. The collected data then serves to optimize the ads shown on your screen, which in turn leads to maximizing revenue. But as you can imagine, not many people would be open to the idea of some uninvited program gathering information on them and then possibly also sending it to some third parties. In addition to that, a program like “Warning Virus Alert: Call Apple” can also cause some unwanted changes to your device, potentially making it more vulnerable to external threats. You can even end up running into awful viruses like ransomware.
So after you’ve gotten rid of “Warning Virus Alert: Call Apple”, you might want to make sure that you don’t get infected again. In the majority of instances, users get infected by downloading some other piece of software that had the hijacker integrated in it. You can minimize the chances of this reoccurring, we recommend that you only stick to the Apple Store when it comes to downloading new apps. In addition, it wouldn’t hurt to try an researching the app you’re interested in beforehand. User reviews may tell you whether there’s an ad-generating component in the said app or not.
“Warning Virus Alert: Call Apple” Removal
This removal guide is for iPhone devices. If you are an Android user, please refer to our Android Malware 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.