Your iPhone may have been HACKED – three ways to fix ‘infected phone’

There are three things you can do if your iPhone has been infected with malware.

Malware can infect your phone using multiple avenues – here’s what you need to know.

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There are three things you can do if your iPhone has been infected with malware.Credit: Getty

What is malware?

Malware is a file or code that can infect your phone to steal your data or even control your electronic device.

It could infect your phone via malicious apps, compromised email, non-secure WiFi, or internet connections.

Sometimes, users might even get a text message directing them to a malicious URL if they tap it.

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What can malware do for my phone’s security?

Your phone can be infected with malware. There are many possible outcomes depending on the type.

For example, ad malware InundateYou can get pop-up ads on your device.

Banker malware attacks your banking information.

Spyware records and monitors your activities on your device, without your permission.

And ransomware demands money from you in exchange for the files or the functionality of the devices being ‘held hostage’.

What are the signs that my phone has been infected with malware?

There are many warning signs that your device may have been compromised by malware.

You might be seeing some warning signs if your phone drains quicker or you get a lot of pop up ads.

Additionally, your device may also be infected if it has unidentified apps.

Unexpected charges and a surge in data usage are signs of malware.

How do I get rid of malware on my phone?

There are many ways to remove most types of malware from your computer.

You can first reset your iPhone to factory settings. This will remove any malware.

It is important to back up your data to the cloud before you do this. Otherwise, you could upload malware.

You can start the process by heading to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone.

Then, select Erase all contents and settings. 

Another way to remove malware from your iPhone is to restore it to a previous version of iCloud backup.

You should only do this if you are certain the malware is on your phone.

You will need to first delete all data from your phone (see below).

And then when setting it up again, select Restore from iCloud Backup – remember to choose the dates wisely.

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Uninstalling suspicious-looking apps is another way to get rid of malware from your phone.

You can prevent your device being compromised from the future by making sure it has the most recent iOS version.

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