For as long as the Internet has existed, computer viruses have also existed. Someone, somewhere out there, has always figured out a way to infect computers around the world with malicious malware, spyware, and viruses.
Nearly all of the viruses that exist today are targeted at Windows PC – and not many exist for mobile phones. The iOS viruses that do exist are really, really bad. They can steal your personal information, send evil links to your friends and family, and spy on you. This post will teach you How To Protect And Remove A Virus From Your iPhone Or iPad.
What is malware, exactly? Malware is short for malicious software, which includes viruses and other software designed to harm or take control of personal devices. Malware can also include phishing programs, keygens, and spyware. Keep your iPhone privacy and security settings always under control to avoid malwares.
Spyware is another type of malicious software with the aim of watching the hacked device and recording everything that happens on it. If your iPhone has spyware, it could record your passwords, every message you send, turn on your microphone or camera and listen to your conversations and watch you. It is common between hackers to use spywares to steal useful information from unaware victims.
Everyone knows what a computer virus is. Some infamous names are Trojan horses and worms. Unlike malware, a virus can replicate itself, creating its own code once it finds its way into an electronic device.
How To Avoid Viruses And Keep Your iPhone Safe
- Don’t jailbreak your iPhone
- Keep your iOS updated to the latest version
- Only download apps from verified sources
- Only download and purchase apps from the Apple App Store
- Read all links carefully and don’t click suspicious links
- Only visit trusted websites and use browsers like Safari
- Don’t click on suspicious pop-up ads – avoid them!
How To Remove A Virus From iPhone Or iPad?
Once you have a virus, it’s hard to get rid of it. Malware and viruses are designed to insert themselves into a computing device without the user knowing it. So, if you think your iPhone or iPad has a virus, you may have had it for days, weeks or months! Luckily, because there are very few viruses that exist for iOS, it is possible to get rid of them without having to get a new iPhone or iPad.
1. Resetting Your Device
The fastest and most trusted way to get rid of suspected malware, spyware or a virus is to reset your device. Resetting your device brings it back to factory settings and without any evil software. This is why it is very, very important to keep backups of all your data. If anything should happen to your iPhone, at least you can get all your data back from the iCloud. To reset your device, follow these steps:
- Open “Settings”
- Go to “General”
- Press “Reset”
- Press “Erase All Content and Settings”
2. Restoring Your Data
Now that you have reset your device and brought it back to a full charge, you can now be confident any malware, spyware or viruses have been removed. Before restoring your device from an iCloud or iTunes backup, make sure you fully charge your iPhone or iPad.
- Open “Settings”
- Make sure your device has the latest iOS (General > Software Update)
- Go to “Apps & Data”
- Press “Restore from iCloud Backup”
- Sign into your iCloud account
- Go to “Choose backup” and choose the backup you want
Make sure you protect yourself and your device. Avoid any suspicious websites, don’t click on links in suspicious messages, only download trusted and verified apps from the official Apple App Store, and regularly keep a backup of all your data. If anything should go wrong, your backup is critical.
If a backup or restore doesn’t work or doesn’t seem to fix the problem, bring your iPhone to the Apple Store for professional customer service help. Good luck!