Does my iPad have a virus?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by helplessone, May 2, 2013.

  1. helplessone macrumors newbie

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    when I click on links from some trusted emails, the required web-site appears for a few moments, then it gets "hijacked" by a site which appears to be of Russian origin (at least the language looks like Russian). It then stops me from accessing the required web-site and takes me to what appear to be porn sites. I close it down quickly but it has happened several times. I turned Java off and didn't seem to get the problem although that might just be luck, but then the required web-sites don't work properly, when I turned Java back on it's just as bad again. Reaching unwanted porn sites is bad enough but I can't access the sites I want to reach either.

    I'm not very technical but I thought Ipads didn't get viruses, can anyone out there help me to solve this please?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    iPads and iPhones and iPod touches do not have any viruses affecting them in public circulation.

    Maybe change the DNS settings, and while the below FAQ is made for Mac OS X, it might help learning something new.

    Currently there are zero viruses affecting Mac OS X in public circulation, but there are other kinds of malware existing, that can infect your Mac, but that can be avoided via employing the proper security steps without the help of any anti virus software.
    To learn more about malware in Mac OS X and what steps can be taken to protect yourself, read the following F.A.Q.:
     
  3. helplessone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. I read the link you suggested but it's too technical for me, i'm frightened of trying to adjust things I don't understand.

    Does it mean that the problem is with my network rather than with the ipad itself?

    Again thanks for taking the time to reply
     
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Does this happen with specific sites only, or is it random? If it is happening to a specific site, does it happen always, or just sometimes? If it is on specific sites, perhaps it is a problem with the way that site is set up? Maybe you could post a link to a site where this happens, and somebody might know a solution.

    EDIT: just reread your post, and you say this is happening with links in "trusted emails." Can you contact the sender and report this problem?
     
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Try and search the forum - There is a long thread on this exact problem. I believe they found a solution of some sort.
     
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Any idea what terms to search for? "iPad virus" seems a bit too broad, and I'm having a problem trying to sum up this issue in a few words.
     
  7. Mikes2pads macrumors regular

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  8. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    It wasn't actually a thread about iPad's, but about Mac's - But they had the exact same problem as you, and it was caused by banners on some website(s), which could in theory also be affecting an iPad.
     
  9. charlituna macrumors G3

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    It's more likely one of two things.

    1. The sites were hijacked
    2. The links in the emails aren't going where you think they are going. You call them 'trusted', why do you think that. Because they are from companies you know, people you know. Emails get spoofed all the time. Common trick is to mock your page to look like a major bank etc. They do it to Apple even.

    And yes they can harvest emails from things like twitter and facebook to make it look like something is coming from someone you know.

    This kind of porn game is a common trick to try to convince you that you need to buy some antivirus thing. But really they just want your credit card.

    If it was a real virus it would happen on basically all sites.
     
  10. MrMacMack macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's more possible that the "trusted person" who sent the email may have a virus.
     
  11. helplessone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks to all.
    The problem is now solved, it was apparently caused by my router being "attacked" and it was redirecting me. It didn't redirect the desktop pc because it was so well protected, but it started to tell me that attempts were being made to access potentially dangerous sites.
    The 3rd computer repair shop I took it to (a local genius) knew what the problem was likely to be, he had had several people with similar problems over a short space of time, seems to me that someone/something was having a go at the routers (mine is a TPLINK ). He tweaked a few bits (don't ask, I don't know what) and increased the security and I've had no trouble since.
    Thanks to all who tried to help, I hope this helps anyone else who meets a similar problem.
     
  12. MrMacMack macrumors 6502a

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    I think the website may have the virus, not your device.
     
  13. chevy57 macrumors regular

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    http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/03/tech/mobile/hack-iphone-charger/index.html

    Virus and spam on device??? Charger is not good?? :confused:
     

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