Has the screen of your iPhone or iPod recently become all covered up with nagging pop-ups, ads, banners and strange blinking messages? Then, the reason for this ads disturbance is most probably a browser hijacking program called Xenabunt.info “Virus”. On this page, you are going to learn how dangerous this program can be, and how to safely remove it from your device. If you follow the instructions in the removal guide below, you will be able to eliminate the strange homepage or search engine replacements that have probably taken place in your Safari or Chrome browser and will also stop the nagging page redirects, banners, and ads.
Is Xenabunt.info “Virus” a virus?
Many users tend to get panicked when they see the stream of nagging ads, browser changes and pop-ups that take over their iPhone or iPod without their approval. However, to their relief, we need to say that the aforementioned disturbance is not caused by a virus or some nasty Trojan-Ransomware based infection. Such activity is typical for the browser hijackers – non-malicious programs, developed to serve the online advertising industry in a very aggressive way. Xenabunt.info “Virus” is a piece of this type, which generates and exposes the users to hundreds of sponsored advertisements and websites with the idea to gain revenue to its developers thanks to Pay-Per-Click. Its activity does not intend to cause harm, however, oftentimes, the ads that Xenabunt.info “Virus” generates may cause irritation and browsing related disturbance to the users, which is the main reason for them to have this software removed.
Another potentially unwanted activity, related to the browser hijackers, is their ability to silently collect information about the users’ latest web searches and transmit it to various marketers and advertisers. Despite not harmful, this practice can be seen as invasive and can eat up a fair share of your internet data usage and CPU resources for transmitting your personal browsing queries back and forth to the Xenabunt.info “Virus” developers for analysis. Not to mention that the ads you get exposed or redirected to may not always be as harmless as they seem and may eventually contain some tricky viruses if you happen to click on them. That’s why, it is advisable to avoid general interaction with the browser hijacker and its pop-ups, or better, directly uninstall it from your system with the help of the instructions below.
Xenabunt.info “Virus” Removal
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.