Your Apple iPhone has been hacked
“Your Apple iPhone has been hacked” is an ad-generating and page-redirecting app that hijacks the browser of your iPhone or iPad without notifying you. Unless removed, “Your Apple iPhone has been hacked” may constantly spam the screen of your iOS device with various pop-up ads and banners, and redirect you to random web pages.
In general, this app is nothing more than a browser hijacker that tries to promote some sponsored sites and their products or services for profits. Still, many iPhone and iPad users tend to confuse “Your Apple iPhone has been hacked” for a dangerous virus, a Trojan, or some other type of damaging threat.
While this is not the case, there still can be a few good reasons to want to uninstall the browser hijacker from your device. For instance, aside from spamming you with various pop-up ads, “Your Apple iPhone has been hacked” may make some unwelcome and unauthorized changes to your browser’s settings. These may include the replacement of the homepage address with a new one, a change in the default search engine, and a few more alternations that may affect your overall web browsing experience.
Unfortunately, uninstalling the hijacked browser and changing it for Chrome, Firefox, Safari or another one is unlikely to rid you of the disturbance caused by “Your Apple iPhone has been hacked”. At the same time, the longer you keep the intrusive software on your iPhone or iPad, the greater the risk of bumping into deceptive, or sketchy web materials which may deliver viruses and other malware to your device.
Therefore, our recommendation is to remove “Your Apple iPhone has been hacked” at the earliest opportunity. If you have a couple of minutes to spend, you can read the removal guide below and apply its instructions.
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“Your Apple iPhone has been hacked” 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.