Viruses on iPhone and iPad how to check, remove and protect yourself
Hi there! Mobile operating system iOS is deservedly considered one of the safest and most protected. After all, throughout the history of the OS recorded no more than two dozen different malware. Which means that it’s almost impossible to make your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Apple Watch (uh-oh:)) catch a virus.
But “practically” doesn’t mean there’s zero chance of that happening.
After reading the following information you will know how to check your iOS device for viruses, what kind of malware is there, how to get rid of it in case of detection, and what actions to take to prevent your gadget from getting infected in the future.
How to check if there are viruses on your iPhone
Having noticed suspicious activity on your device you may suspect the presence of a virus. However, except visually, it is impossible to check it. See for yourself by visiting the App Store page: entering the search query “antivirus” you will not find the program you need, as the developers of the system have not considered this possibility, but rather only organized the protection against spam directly when working with email.
You can find out about the infection via PC. To do this, connect your Apple device to your computer via a wired connection, allow access and check the antivirus as a storage drive.
One of the applications that will save personal data and passwords is Avira Mobile Security. It is designed mainly to duplicate the operating system to the software.
Getting access to the file system in this version of the OS is impossible, as it is hidden by the developers from external exposure. The only thing you can do to prevent infection is to select safe browser settings.
How to check iPhone for viruses through a computer in online mode
It is not possible to scan your computer directly online, for example with a browser, because the service will not have access to all applications of the operating system. If you plan to scan your iPhone for malware without installing special software, then you have to use cloud storage. To do this, download the antivirus app there, then install it on your PC in standard mode, and connect your phone via USB to your computer and allow access.
Then run the scan in the usual mode. There are several applications that scan your device without the need to install third-party utilities.
- ESET Online Scanner. designed to be installed on Windows, is able to scan files and existing disks on your computer in the background mode.
- Kaspersky VirusDesk is an online service. The application is not intended for full analysis, but is able to check only some files or links not exceeding 130 MB in size.
- VirusTotal is a free online program that checks some system files for viruses. Able to process website links and find infections by Trojans, worms and other computer pests.
Each of the network scanning tools has some limitations, some of the cloud resources are even capable of cleaning infections and bringing files back up to date.
But before you open a suspicious iOS system file, you need to access the core of the platform.
Download and install antivirus
Unfortunately, antivirus will not fix serious problems with the device. Most anti-viruses are simply unable to find and remove serious viruses on iPhones and iPads. However, they can save you from minor, local problems (such as ads or redirects to another page).
How to check for an iPhone virus
Choice of antivirus depends entirely on taste and personal preference. You can choose Avast, McAfee, Lookout, or any other antivirus simply by going to the App Store. They will have minimal impact on the iPhone or iPad and are unlikely to cause any problems in the future.
How to check iPhone for viruses?
If you look at all of the functionality of iOS and related third party apps, you won’t see any anti-virus software as such. Typing in the search for Apple’s proprietary antivirus store you’ll see just one app to install, which will give you mostly anti-spam rather than some kind of protection against hacker attacks.
Generally speaking any special software that helps, for example, to check iPhone 5S for viruses, simply does not exist in the classic sense of this action. That is, here we are talking about the usual maintenance and cleaning of the gadget from all sorts of garbage in the form of advertising SMS, banners and other.
How to check iPhone for viruses
Mobile devices based on iOS are some of the safest. The thing is that the iPhone file system is closed from view, which means that no virus will be able to harm the mobile device (if the factory firmware is installed). In that case if the owner of such a device has flashed the phone or installed software not only from the official site (AppStore), then the probability of getting a virus on your phone increases many times.
Of course there are ways to check your mobile device for viruses. This can be done either with the help of antivirus software, which is already installed directly on the user’s computer, or with the help of special antiviruses for iPhone.
How to remove a virus from the iPhone
We all know that iOS is almost invulnerable to viruses, this is its undeniable advantage over other operating systems. But there are still precedents. Today we will tell you how to check your iPhone for viruses, eliminate them and protect your device in the future.
Let’s start with the obvious information if you go to a page on the network and you get a message that there is a virus on your device and you need to follow a link to download an antivirus, do not go to the link. An intrusive popup window is a virus. Everyone knows about it, but once again, it is worth mentioning.
Signs of infection
Even though iTunes and the App Store are very reliable “guards” of iPhone, there is still a risk of getting infected. Internet fraudsters will stop at nothing, and all in order that through their, so to speak, machinations viruses were brought into the device.
The main signs that iPhone has viruses:
How To Check iPhone for Viruses and Malware and Remove Them
- Your iPhone slows down, different images and signs constantly appear on the screen.
- The device works super active. Viruses lead to the fact that it discharges very quickly, for example, in Wi-Fi mode. The time for which the charge lasts only two to three hours.
- Constantly receive SMS with unknown characters, as well as requests to visit a particular site. Be careful, this message may indicate an unknown address, as well as the address of your acquaintances. You should not trust these SMS.
- The presence of suspicious transactions from Internet Banking on your iPhone.
Almost all iOS users who switched from Android, wonder. how to check your device for viruses, and whether they are there at all? Do I need to install an antivirus on my iPhone?? In this article, we will look at how viruses behave on the iOS operating system.
The existence of viruses on the iPhone
Throughout the history of Apple, and the iPhone in particular, there have been no more than 20 cases of these devices being infected. This is due to the fact that iOS is a closed operating system, access to the system files of which is closed to ordinary users.
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In addition, the development of a virus, such as a Trojan for iPhone is very expensive using a lot of resources, as well as time. Even if such a virus appears, Apple employees respond immediately and quickly fix vulnerabilities in the system.
The security of your iOS smartphone is also guaranteed by the strict moderation of the App Store. All applications that the iPhone owner downloads are thoroughly checked for viruses, so there is no way to get an infected application.
The need for antivirus
On entering the App Store, you will not see a huge number of antiviruses as on Play Market. This is due to the fact that they essentially don’t need and can’t find what they don’t have. over, such applications do not have access to components of iOS system, so something to find or even trivial to perform a smartphone cleaning antivirus for iPhone can not.
The only thing you may need iOS antivirus for is to perform some specific functions. For example, theft protection for iPhone. Although you can argue about the usefulness of this feature, because since version 4 of the iPhone, there is a “Find iPhone” function, which also works through your computer.
Some users jailbreak their iPhones: they either did it themselves, or have bought a jailbroken phone. Such a procedure is not often performed on Apple devices these days, because hacking iOS version 11 and higher takes a lot of time and only a handful of skilled hackers are able to pull it off. With older versions of the operating system, jailbreaks were released regularly, but now things have changed.
If the user does have a device with full access to the file system (similar to getting root access on Android), then the probability of catching a virus on the network or from other sources is also almost zero. So there is no point in downloading anti-viruses and checking further. Complete rarity, which can happen iPhone will simply fail or start working slowly, resulting in the need to reflash the system. But we can not exclude the possibility of infection in the future, as progress does not stand still. Then it is better to check iPhone with a jailbreak for viruses through your computer.
Checking if your iPhone is infected with malware
Can an iPhone get infected with viruses? In this article I will tell you how to scan your iPhone for malware and how to remove a virus if detected.
Author: Danny Maiorca, freelance tech writer
The iPhone is well known for its security measures: the anti-malware protection offered by Apple is one of the main reasons people buy these devices.
Be careful, your phone is not 100 percent safe from threats.
Next I will tell you how to detect and remove viruses from the iPhone.