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While Apple products are known for their heavy security and lack of viruses, when compared with Windows or Android products, it’s not entirely true that iPhones and other products from Apple are immune from malware and viruses.

Yes, Android phones are more likely to possess malware due to the openness surrounding the operating system, but hackers can also break through the security walls behind Apple products, albeit, with some difficulty. Nonetheless, Apple’s sandboxing feature should prevent malware from spreading throughout your device, if you do fall victim to such an attack.

This will prevent further harm when it comes to your sensitive data, but it doesn’t change the fact that some part of your Apple device has indeed been infected with malware. Luckily, if you take the right steps, you can remove malware from your device all on your own.

How was my iPhone Infected by Malware?

Since it’s rare for Apple products to fall victim to malware, considering how secure iOS is, the question understandably arises, how was my iPhone infected by such malware? Since Apple’s operating system is surrounded by robust security, hackers have to be a bit creative in order to infect Apple devices.

Attack what your enemies love. This is surprisingly a tactic used not only in war, but also by hackers. If you’ve malware on your iPhone it likely came through websites, or applications that are to your liking. For example, if you’re a fan of movies, you may have visited a website where you can stream the latest movies for free. This was used as bait to lure you into downloading malware. Usually when you go on such websites, a pop up with a warning will appear asking you to do things such as activate an account, download a software, or register your email address. If you click on the pop up window and affirm what’s being asked, the malware will download and install on your device.

Another way your iPhone can become infected with malware, is through applications. Though this doesn’t happen as much anymore, back in the day, hackers used to trick application developers into using buggy and infected code in their projects. This would cause malware to enter the devices of those who downloaded such applications. Since then, Apple has increased scrutiny over applications that make it to the App Store, however, it’s still possible, though unlikely, for malware to infect your device from an infected application you may have downloaded.

How Can I Tell if My iPhone has been Infected by Malware?

A sure-fire way of finding out if your iPhone has been infected with malware, is when you notice the device carrying out tasks on its own, without you prompting any such action. Usually the malware on your device will do things such as opening a pop up and then redirecting you to the App Store, to download a suspicious application. This can happen in many ways, with the most common being, seeing a white blank screen while you browse the internet, and then suddenly being redirected to the App Store.

Another thing to be cautious of is application crashes. While it’s normal for some applications to crash from time to time due to reasons that nave nothing to do with malware, if you notice that applications that worked normally before, are suddenly crashing and going rogue, then be mindful. Also take note if there’s a sudden increase in your data usage, despite there being no change in your own phone usage. In order to check whether or not your data is being used maliciously, follow the instructions below.

1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

2. Tap on Safari.

3. Tap on Advanced.

4. Tap on Website Data.

You’ll see a list of websites. If you notice any suspicious websites on the list, then it seems your iPhone has been infected with malware.

1. Clear History and Website Data

After you’ve confirmed that your device is infected with malware, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your data. The most common and effective methods to remove malware from your iPhone are as follows,

If your iPhone is prone to opening many pop-up windows and redirecting you to unwarranted pages, one of the best and luckily, easiest thing you can do is adjust the settings of your device to delete all your website data and history. This will likely resolve most of the pop-up issues associated with your iPhone. To get started, and clear the history and website data on your iPhone, follow the instructions below,

1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

2. Tap on Safari.

3. Tap on Clear History and Website Data.

Now browse the internet as you usually would, and see if your device is working normally again. After some time, you can also check your Website Data, as noted earlier in this tutorial, in order to confirm that your data isn’t still being misused.

2. Block the Harmful Content on Your iPhone

It’s always important to update the software on your device, whenever you can. This is usually seen as a chore that we often ignore. However, by updating your device to the latest version of iOS you’re solving many problems that you may not even have known you had. Apple is constantly adding new features into software updates in order to fix the mistakes and bugs that may have occurred in prior updates.

One example of how updating your software can prove to be beneficial can be seen with Content Blockers. Content blockers are built into the latest version of iOS and are extensions that allow Safari to block unwarranted images, pop-ups, cookies, and other harmful content. In order to enable content blocker extensions, follow the instructions below,

1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

2. Tap on Safari.

3. You’ll notice quite a few toggle buttons. Enable the buttons as you wish. For purposes of security, it’s recommended that you enable Block Pop-ups and Fraudulent Website Warning. The toggle buttons should be green when enabled.

If you don’t see these toggle buttons, please update the software on your device using the instructions below,

1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

2. Tap on General.

3. Tap on Software Update.

4. Tap on Download and Install.

5. Tap on Install after the update has downloaded.

Please note that it may take some time for the iOS update to download and install on your device.

3. Reset Your iPhone to Factory Settings

If your device doesn’t seem to be functioning despite carrying out the above steps, it may be best to return your iPhone to factory settings. This will wipe out all of the data on your device, and its settings will be the same as they were when you first took your iPhone out of the box.

If you’ve important data on your device that you’re not willing to lose, it’s best that you backup your device, before you reset your iPhone to factory settings. In order to carry out the reset, follow the instructions below,

1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

2. Tap on General.

3. Tap on Reset.

4. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

5. Restart your iPhone and then set it up again as new.

Please note that this process may take some time. If you wish to restore your device from the backup that you previously saved, you may also do that now.