Apple is known for providing optimal device security to their users, be it for iPhone, iPad or Mac. However, there is some notorious malware that is often undetectable and eventually compromises the integrity of your device, putting a lot of sensitive information at risk.
If you have detected a virus on your iPhone and want to remove it from the device, there are several ways to do that.
We’ll cover more about that in this detailed guide that you can keep for future reference.
How do I check if my iPhone has a virus?
If your iPhone is infected with a virus or other types of malware, rest assured that it will affect the device and its functions. You may notice that there is something wrong with the iPhone’s efficiency, something that was not common before.
Some signs that may indicate that your iPhone has a virus include:
- The apps crash unexpectedly
- There are unknown apps on iPhone that you have not downloaded
- Unwanted pop-up ads appear in Safari
- The iPhone is jailbroken
- iPhone battery drains very fast
- The data usage in the device is very high
- iPhone gets hot with minimal use
If you notice one or more of these issues, chances are you have a virus on your iPhone. The following section explains how to resolve these issues.
Ways to remove virus from your iPhone
Now that you have a little knowledge of whether or not there is a virus on your iPhone, it is ideal that you have an idea of how to remove them from iPhone in no time.
Following are some of the best ways to remove virus from your iPhone:
It may not seem like a viable option, but restarting your iPhone can remove the superficial virus on your device. Ideally, we recommend that you press and hold the power button for a few seconds and wait for the “slide to power off” option. Once it appears on the screen, move the slider to the right to turn off the iPhone.
Once it’s disabled, you can go ahead and reboot your iPhone and you’re good to go. Restarting also acts like a mini reboot for your iPhone, eliminating the virus.
If you are behind on software updates, we recommend that you change that immediately. The iOS updates come with security patch updates, which you need to make sure your iPhone is safe and free from viruses and other malware.
So if you haven’t updated your iPhone to the latest iOS version, we recommend that you update your device first.
- Clear browsing history
If you think the virus or malware is coming from your browser, we recommend that you clear your browsing history immediately. Deleting the browsing history in Safari will erase all infected links that brought the virus.
Here’s what to do:
- Open your iPhone settings and then go to Safari
- Tap Clear History and Website Data
- Tap “Clear History and Data” again
This will erase all browsing data from your device and ensure that no infected links and malware are present in your browser.
- Remove suspicious apps from iPhone
If you find unknown or unwanted apps on your iPhone that you don’t use, we recommend that you remove them immediately. Removing these suspicious apps will help you eliminate any virus risks on iPhone.
Often these unwanted or unknown apps act like spyware and feed on the sensitive data and information you enter on your iPhone. The last thing you want is for a hacker to gain access to your data.
The last and possibly most drastic step you can take to remove all viruses from your iPhone is to do a factory reset. Doing so will delete all information on your iPhone and restore the device to the way it was when you first turned it on.
If you do a factory reset, you will lose all your data and the accounts will be logged out. So we recommend that you make a backup if you have any important data. After making the backup, you can go ahead and do a factory reset to remove all information for good.
Nobody wants to deal with viruses and malware on their iPhones. If you’re confused about what’s wrong with your device there, chances are your iPhone is infected with a virus. Following the tips we mentioned should solve the problem without any problems. Make sure to try out the other tips before opting for a factory reset as a last resort.