It is very rare to detect viruses from an iPhone device. Any risk of malware in IOS is very low- even lower than an Android device. Still, it pays to be in the know because, however slim, there are chances of having an infected iPhone, and it could be yours or a friend’s. It is possible to detect the virus and remove the virus from your iPhone. Continue to read this to know how to remove viruses from your iPhones.
Preventive measures to Avoid virus on iPhone
The chances of getting a virus on your iPhone may be small, but it is also true that there are real antivirus apps for iPhones. And since prevention is better than cure, we have outlined some preventive maintenance measures for your iPhone.
- Keep your phone updated by installing iOS updates when available.
- Do not install apps from locations – unverified- outside the App Store;
Installing unverified apps can put your device at risk. Some unverified third-party apps are bugged with viruses that your iPhone is not protected against. Avoid downloading these apps so you can keep your device safe from being attacked.
Watch out for Unusual Behavior in your iPhone.
If, by any chance, your device happens to have come in contact with a bugged or virus filled application, the need for a cure then becomes necessary. The first step is for you to be able to analyze the kind of problems an iPhone device could have.
The best way to do that is to notice any unusual behavior an application on your iPhone could have – take Safari, for instance. It is possible that even with a bit of malware on your iPhone, it still won’t prevent your phone from working normally. But you can detect a loophole from your app.
For instance, email and text messages could be sent automatically without your notice or command, or Safari could redirect itself to webpages without your permission. One thing you should notice further before you read on is that at times, these actions may not be sure signs of a virus. Some apps are designed to make sure things happen on purpose, especially to ensure you have a good experience using them.
Another determinant of a virus on your iPhone is to detect the frequency of the said problem; does it happen all the time, or does it happen only when a particular app is running? If the latter happens, the best advice is to check for an update on the AppStore and try updating the app to the latest version. That may solve the problem. If not, for the safety of other apps and information on your device, uninstall the application.
Restart to Remove Viruses from your iPhone
In a less easy scenario, the virus in your iPhone device may not be sourced from a single application. The most convenient step will be to restart your device. It is also possible that a major slice of the problem can be solved.
Initially, it was mentioned that a problem on your iPhone could be that your browser could redirect itself to webpages without your permission, exposing your device to virus prone platforms or insecure websites. In this case, you have to clear your browsing history. A clean slate may solve the inconvenience on your device.
Restore to remove virus from iPhone
A more extreme solution maybe you having to restore your iPhone to a backup before the infection. Restarting your phone or clearing your browser history may not be enough to solve the problem, so, restoring backups is another option. Restore your backup to a date before the infection for a better chance to get your phone working better and removing the virus.
To do this;
1. Reset your iPhone to its factory settings.
2. When you are done, sign in to your Apple ID from your iPhone- which is now probably fresh- and then select a backup to restore the phone. This backup has to date to before the virus on your phone happened.
A last attempt to remove viruses from the phone will be to restore to factory settings. Of course, this stage only means that all other proffered solutions have been tried and proven unfit to the task.
Simply restore your iPhone to factory settings and ensure you do not restore any application or data. This last attempt should do the trick!
Note that no virus can survive on the iPhone in a factory setting. So, it may mean that what you have is a hardware problem.