When your device is “infected,” malware can quietly use your phone to spam other people in order to infect them.
Attack you with tons of unwanted ads or copy your sensitive or private information like ID or payment information and send it to crooks, blackmailers.
In some cases, it can even take almost complete control of your iPhone, taking photos, recording videos, tracking activity, remembering passcode entries, and more without your knowledge.
Of course, no one wants their expensive iPhone to contain any malicious programs. Therefore, you may wish to refer to the following methods to find and delete these dangerous software as soon as possible.
What to do when you suspect malware on your iPhone
Unfortunately, iOS doesn’t support or even allow antivirus software.
That’s because iOS itself has some built-in security measures against malware and other attacks, and it also prevents third-party apps from scanning your phone.
In other words, you can’t really “scan” your iPhone for malware.
What you can do, however, is check your iPhone yourself, look for telltale signs of it, and remove problematic malware programs. Here’s what to look out for:
Check for any weird-looking apps. If you see something you don’t remember installing, immediately consider it suspicious.
Manually going through your entire library of installed apps can be time-consuming, but it’s the most effective way to identify things that shouldn’t be there.
Beware of pop-up ads, as they usually appear more frequently when your phone is infected with a virus.
Some apps and games show ads on purpose, but if you’re seeing them more often than usual, especially if you start seeing them on your home screen, start digging into your apps.
Monitor your iPhone’s mobile data usage, as inexplicable spikes in your phone’s mobile data are a sure sign of malware. To check, you need to open Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data to see how much data you’re using.
Also, check your phone’s battery usage by opening Settings > Battery and scrolling through the data section. You can also see how much battery an app is using, which is another great way to find apps that aren’t allowed on your iPhone.
How to Avoid Malware
Of course, the best way to deal with malware is not to install it in the first place. While we can’t guarantee that all the apps and URLs we visit are completely safe, the core rules iPhone owners need to remember are the same as on computers and other devices.
If the link (in an email, direct message, or website, etc.) is broken, don’t click on it. If you think it might be legitimate, but aren’t sure, don’t click it.
You should only install apps from the official App Store, as apps on it have gone through Apple’s testing process.
This reduces the chances of you installing things you don’t trust, but doesn’t completely remove them. Even if it’s on the App Store, if it looks suspicious, stay away from it.
Never open a link you receive in a text message if it is not from a contact you know and trust.
Regularly back up your iPhone, which will give you a way to restore your device to its pre-infection state.
Keep your iPhone as updated as possible. You don’t have to turn on automatic updates if you don’t want to (although Apple recommends it), but it will help keep your iPhone as up to date as possible.
Don’t try to jailbreak your iPhone. You may have read somewhere that jailbreaking your iPhone can help you easily customize your phone, download apps that aren’t on the Appstore, and download paid apps for free.
But of course, this process also removes most of Apple’s built-in protections and makes it more vulnerable to malware.