iPhone may have a virus?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by immobilus, Apr 11, 2015.

  1. immobilus macrumors member

    May 5, 2012
    Hello all:

    I've posted before that I'm concerned my Macbook may have malware on it, and this is going to sound crazier, but I'm also concerned about my iPhone.

    For the past two weeks, every now and then when I turn on my phone and quickly open Safari, it will open up to some strange dropbox account that I've never seen before. It will stay there for may 2 seconds, just long enough for you to recognize that it's a dropbox account with two videos in it, then it suddenly and quickly slides to the left. It's as if its sliding to a second screen. I'm not very familiar with second screen on iPhone. I know i've never used it.

    I've literally chased the dropbox screen with my finger trying to drag it back, but it doesn't stop. I've been trying to catch it fast enough that I can take a screen shot of it and check it out my closely. Nothing.

    I've reset my network settings, deleted all web data and history, deleted my plugins, I've opened tried shutting all my safari pages (both public and private). Nothing. I can open my iPhone and safari exactly five minutes after closing it, and it will be there. I can wait another five minutes, and it may be there again. I'll wait again, nothing. I can open it ten minutes later, and nothing. I'll forget about it, and open it up an hour later, and it's there. Try to screenshot it and it's gone before I can get ahold of it.

    It's an iPhone 6 Plus.

    What could be doing this?
  2. adamhenry macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2015
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  3. IdealTech macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2014
    If your phone isn't jailbroken, I don't think you need to worry about malware on the latest iOS, especially if you haven't downloaded anything on the iPhone from any sketchy site. It's probably due to some weird software gremlin. Try clearing Safari cache and history on your iPhone and see if that clears things up.

    In terms of your macbook, I'm confused. Why worry about malware on your macbook if the problem is only seen on your iPhone?

    A little bit of insight though, there is malware out there that infects macbooks and then uses the macbook as a vector that then infects any connected iOS devices. However, the malware STILL produce a user prompt that asks you to give it admin privileges in order for the malware to work as intended. They were also only found on chinese websites that distribute pirated apps. So you would have to have downloaded something from those sites. And I believed Apple has patched the exploit now.

    So rest assured, it's probably not malware, and you are safe. :)
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If your iPhone isn't jailbroken, you don't have malware. For both iOS and OS X, when something happens that you don't expect or understand, malware should be one of the last possibilities you consider, not the first. Many things happen that users don't understand, expect or want, that have nothing to do with malware, which is relatively rare on OS X and iOS.

    You'll get better results in posting if you focus on the symptoms, rather than a malware possibility, which never happens to most iOS and OS X users.

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