Your iPhone Has Been Hacked
“Your iPhone Has Been Hacked” is a browser-redirecting tool that will keep spamming the browsers on your iPhone with sudden and unpleasant page redirects, and will change their settings (e.g. homepage, search engine, etc.). Additionally, “Your iPhone Has Been Hacked” will also cause obstructive pop-ups and banners to appear on your screen and force you to tap on them in order to remove them.
Despite the fact that this unwanted app is technically not a virus, it is most certainly something that you would not enjoy having on your iPhone. The aggressive site-promoting and ad-displaying activities of this software could heavily obstruct your browsing experience and make it very difficult to use your device normally.
In addition, one should also not ignore the potential risks that the presence of such an app on the device could lead to. Bear in mind that not all of the ads and sponsored page redirects that browser-hijacking tools like “Your iPhone Has Been Hacked” generate are what one could call safe. It is, therefore, not impossible to have your Safari or Chrome browser automatically rerouted to some obscure and potentially harmful web location where your device may get infected with viruses, Trojans, and other serious malware threats. It is, therefore, essential that you do your best to avoid any interaction with the pop-ups, banners, and sites “Your iPhone Has Been Hacked” redirects you to until you remove the unwanted app from your iPhone.
Speaking of removal, if you think you may need help uninstalling this undesirable iPhone application from your device, don’t worry – we have you covered. The next lines will give you instructions on how to delete the undesirable software and return your iPhone to its normal state
|Name||“Your iPhone Has Been Hacked”|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||If your iPhone has a hijacker, then you will probably experience sudden page redirects in your browser as well as unwanted apps that get spammed on your device’s screen.|
|Distribution Method||Most hijacker apps are presented to users as helpful applications and distributed via third-party software download sources so that more people would get them installed on their devices.|
“Your 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.