Virus and iPhone is a rare equation!
You won’t find many people talking about any virus detected on their iPhones, but there are instances where people have noticed such warnings on their devices.
So, what would you do if you ever come across similar iPhone infected with virus notifications? Is there any fix to solve this issue?
Since viruses are nothing but a piece of code, you can try a few ways to tackle them.
But first, let’s learn more about these virus warnings on iPhones. This useful information will help you understand the issue further, and you can implement the fix accordingly.
Virus Detected On iPhone Notification
As mentioned before, you won’t find viruses on iPhones. It’s quite difficult to break into Apple’s iOS system and get access to the core files.
Apple has ensured that its products are safe from any possible threats, and their team also releases timely updates to patch the security holes in iOS as well as macOS.
So what do these virus notifications mean on iPhone?
Well, you guessed it right!
These are just fake virus warnings, and you don’t have to worry about them.
If you have received virus warning or popup while browsing the Internet on Safari, it’s likely to be a fake notification. Apple will not display any such warning on iOS devices.
Many times some website developers use these tactics to make you click on these virus warning pop-ups while using Safari or other browsers. This type of techniques helps them generate some revenue through the third-party security software vendors.
Still, find it confusing?
Here’s how it works:
When you click on the adware or virus warning popup in Safari, a new tab opens up that directs you to some unknown website. This new page is popularly known as ‘landing page‘ in the Internet marketing world.
Once the user gets to this page, it will have different offers (like virus removal tools or services) as well as interactive email subscription boxes.
And if you click on one of those offers, you’ll be asked to provide some personal details like Name, Address, Credit Card information, Phone no., etc.
Some of these pop-up messages may even ask you to contact a fake Apple tech support, which will eventually try to accept their paid services.
Now, you know how this cycle would lead you to shell out your hard-earned money.
So, be careful when you see ‘a virus detected on iPhone’ notification.
Types Of Virus Alert Pop-ups On iPhone
These are some of the well-known virus pop-up messages on Safari –
- This Apple iPhone is corrupted with the virus.
- A virus has been detected on your iPhone.
- Warning! Your iOS device may have adware/spyware virus.
- Your Apple iPhone is infected by viruses.
- Warning! iOS crashed.
Beware if you see something like this on your iPhone’s screen. Don’t click these notification messages!
How To Fix iPhone Virus Notifications
As you know, this issue is related to the browser, that is, you only see such notifications when you open the websites in Safari or Chrome browser.
So, it becomes relatively easy to fix the issue.
Note – In the following steps, we’re going to delete the website data and history from Safari. If you have saved some favorite bookmarks or login details, don’t forget to backup them before performing these steps.
Steps to follow –
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap the Safari option and select Clear History and Website Data.
And you’re done!
Just these two steps, and you won’t see any virus warnings on Safari again.
It will wipe out all the website data including the cache and cookie files from those malicious websites.
What if there’s still a virus on my iPhone? – Well, you can refer to this guide to remove it. You will find some useful tips there.
Some Useful Tips To Prevent The Virus Detected Warning On iPhone
Prevention is always better than cure!
Here’re some tips and suggestions that you can try if you have detected a virus notification on the Safari browser –
Enable the pop-up block settings in Safari
And that’s what you need to do to stop the virus warnings on your iPhone.
Apple has provided a nifty feature to block these pop-ups in Safari. You just have to enable this feature on your device, and it will start functioning immediately.
Let’s see how to enable the pop-up blocker for Safari –
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap Safari.
- Scroll down the screen and enable the ‘Block Pop-ups’ option as shown in the below screenshot.
Now, there is no need to worry about the pop-up notifications. This new setting will automatically block all pop-ups for you.
Enable the Fraudulent Website Warning in Safari
There is one more useful feature available for iPhone Safari users, that is, Fraudulent Website Warning.
With this feature, you will get a warning message as and when you visit any malicious websites. This notification can be useful if your current website page redirects to the adware/spyware page.
Here’s how you can enable this feature for Safari browser –
- Open the Settings.
- Go to Safari.
- Scroll down to the Privacy & Security section and enable the ‘Fraudulent Website Warning’ option as shown below.
Once you set up this feature, you can visit your favorite websites without any worries.
Do not visit unsecured websites
Even though the above features help in preventing the virus warnings, you should be more careful while visiting unsecured websites.
If the host page gets redirected to a new page, check the URL of the new page. You should always make this into a habit of going through the URL of the newly opened page.
Many of these websites use a typical website URL format to look like a professional or established website, and you can easily get to know the difference.
So, this technique will help you in preventing further damage to your iPhone.
Do not click on the banners, GIFs, and other media available on such websites
Landed on an unsecured page?
These pages often require you to take some actions in the form of clicks or text inputs.
So, if you don’t click on the banners or other graphical elements on these pages, you are safe. It won’t do much harm to you.
Also, do not feed any of your data in their text fields. Just close the tab or window immediately.
Do not download apps from unofficial websites
You might come across online service providers where they offer security services in the name of Apple’s tech support.
These services may also have apps to detect or verify the viruses on your iPhone. And if you go ahead and download such iOS apps, you will have to deal with other issues.
Hence, avoid downloading apps from this type of sources. If you find a virus on iPhone, you can directly visit Apple’s official website for the technical support.
What Does Apple Say About iPhone Virus Detected Warnings?
Apple is aware of this type of notifications and warnings on iPhones, and they have also released a guideline to deal with such issues on your devices.
Here’s what they have to say about the virus notification on iPhone –
If you see a message while browsing the web that your iPhone, Mac, or other Apple device has a virus, or someone claiming to be from Apple calls and asks for your account name and password, you’re likely the target of a scam.
As you can see, Apple also acknowledges this scam on the Internet. So, just be careful. Use the fix and tips suggested above to get rid of any possibilities of hosting viruses on your iPhone.
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