Your iPhone is Damaged
You most probably have landed with a browser-hijacker called “Your iPhone is Damaged” on your iPhone or iPad if thousands of unwanted commercials and pop-ups are flooding your screen. In the next few lines, we’ll clarify more about this app and how to deal with it, so if you are looking for a solution, just keep on reading.
“Your iPhone is Damaged” is typically considered a harmless ad-generating and page-redirecting application, but users have a number of good reasons for removing it rather than keeping it on their Apple device.
Browser hijackers like “Your iPhone is Damaged” usually cause unintended changes in the settings of the main web browser, be that Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc. In most cases, these apps require no permission to start showing different pop-up ads, banners and to redirect links in your browser. Moreover, they typically set a new default search engine and replace the homepage URL for an address that is sponsored. Users of iPhone and iPad may often be exposed to random links and questionable search results, (some of which may be carriers of viruses, Trojans, and Ransomware), which could be a serious reason for security concerns.
Besides, the constant redirects and the unstoppable generation of pop-ups, banners, and other advertising material displayed by “Your iPhone is Damaged” may have a considerable effect on the overall performance of the device. Problems such as lagging, screen freezing, and browser failure may become a regular disorder in your iPhone or iPad. Therefore, the removal of “Your iPhone is Damaged” is a good solution to both, the online security risks that this app may expose you to, as well as to the issues with the device performance.
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Remove “Your iPhone is Damaged” Calendar 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.