Many people believe it’s impossible to get malware on an iPhone. It is true that Apple devices are far more secure than android handsets but it is still possible for your iPhone to get infected, rare, but possible.
It can be annoying to deal with frequent pop-ups or when your apps don’t work how they are supposed to. But this is just the tip of the Iceberg. Malware and viruses can make your device vulnerable to hackers. Your phone contains some very valuable information like all personal information, photos, emails, banking details and much more. Now imagine what a hacker can do with all that information. It is a nightmare just to think about. Now come back to reality where we’ve got your back. If your phone has been misbehaving worry not, you’ll learn how to tell if your device is infected and how to fix it. Keep reading.
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Five ways to check for malware on your iPhone
Review Battery Performance
Malicious apps work in the background consuming a lot of your battery power. If lately, you have been experiencing abnormal battery performance it might be due to malware on your device.
To check battery performance on your device,
- Go to Settings > Battery > Show detailed usage.
- If you find an app that you don’t recognize, uninstall it immediately.
Check whether your device is jailbroken
Jailbreaking allows users to bypass the in-built restriction so you can install unauthorized apps. It can make your device vulnerable to malicious software and compromise your security. Cydia is the alternative app store that automatically gets installed on your device when it is jailbroken.
- To identify if your device is jailbroken simply type in “Cydia” in your search bar and it should appear in the result if present.
Keep track of your Apps
It’s easy to overlook malicious apps as they can seem like any other app. Look for unknown apps hiding in your device.
- Swipe through your screen and look for apps that you don’t recall installing. Remove such apps if you find one. Also, remove apps if you don’t know what it is used for.
- To see a list of all the apps you’ve purchased, go to ‘AppStore > Tap your profile photo > Got to Purchased’. If you find an app that is not on this list, it can be potentially malicious.
Watch out for pop-ups
If you’re experiencing a lot of pop-ups on Safari, firstly check if you have turned on block pop-ups on your device
- Go to ‘settings > safari’.
- Under the ‘General’ section you will find ‘Block Pop-Ups’ toggle. Turn it on if it isn’t already.
If the problem still persists it might be due to malware. Do not click any of such pop-ups as it may lead to a security breach.
Check for unexplained charges
Malicious apps can use your data in the background in order to transfer information. Go through your billing statement and check if your data usage is suddenly increased or whether you are paying for SMS to private numbers.
Is it possible to remove it?
If you have followed the steps above and are convinced that your device is infected you need to take immediate action.
Restart your device
Press the Power button and hold it until “Slide to Power off displays”. Then, touch it and slide until you see the iPhone turns off. Next, hold the Power button and keep holding it for a few seconds. When you see the Apple logo, the iPhone is On again.
Clear your browser history
Go to Settings, click on Safari and find Clear History and Website Data. Tap ‘Clear’.
Erase all data and Restore from backup
If all fails then this is the last resort. First, you need to erase all data. To do this,
- Go to ‘Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings’
This will reset your phone to how it was when it first arrived. Go through the Onscreen setup instructions and restore backup dated to when you weren’t having any problems.
Visit an Apple Store
Seeking out professional help is never a bad idea if you can’t fix it by yourself.
Hopefully, after following these steps your device will be now free of any malware and will work normally so you can enjoy you iOS experience to the fullest.