Your iPhone may have been hacked
Your iPhone may have been hacked is a program that may commonly be encountered on Apple iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The program tends to attach to Safari and other popular web browsers and changes the way they behave, thus, it is identified by security experts as a browser hijacker.
Your iPhone may have been hacked typically shows pop-up advertisements on the screen of your Apple device while you are browsing the web. This is nothing unexpected for a browser hijacking-class of program, as most of these apps normally began spamming your device with numerous pop-ups, banners, and other forms of online adverts automatically. Additionally, the browser hijackers may cause redirects to various ad-supported web pages. In certain situations, the hijacker may also set one of these ad-supported sites as your homepage in order to promote it.
Programs such as Your iPhone may have been hacked also tend to impose their own search engine by installing it on the browser without your approval. In this way, it is easier for these apps to display more sponsored search results.
This behavior may often surprise and even scare users since it is typically too invasive. Apps like Your iPhone may have been hacked and Critical threat tend to take full control of the main web browser and give no opportunity to the end-users to reverse the imposed changes, limit the ad-generation or stop the auto-redirects.
This, in turn, causes frustration as the users are constantly exposed to different types of sketchy promotional content, and random web locations, some of which may even contain viruses, Trojans, ransomware, and other malware.
Fortunately, there is a way to deal with the infinite stream of ads and Your iPhone may have been hacked in general. Simply follow the steps in the guide below and you will remove the intrusive program in no time.
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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.