Smmsky.co Virus iPhone

Smmsky.co

Smmsky.co is a browser hijacker virus that infects iPhone devices with the help of low-quality apps that have the hijacker as a built-in feature. Smmsky.co shouldn’t be allowed to stay in your device’s system for long because it could potentially compromise the device’s security.

The Smmsky.co Virus

The goal of the Smmsky.co virus is mainly advertising-oriented. The Smmsky.co virus is supposed to draw more traffic to certain websites by causing your Safari or Chrome browser to open them automatically.

Each successful site redirect generates a small amount of money for the developers of Smmsky.co on the basis of the Pay-Per-View model. Understandably, this means that this hijacker would keep spamming you with its page redirects for as long as it stays active on your iPhone. Furthermore, to maximize the revenue it could earn from site ads, it may also start putting obstructive banners and pop-ups on your screen that won’t go away unless you tap on them. Doing so, however, is highly inadvisable because you don’t know what site you may get sent to. For example, it’s possible that you end up getting sent to a webpage that’s not safe and that may contain viruses, Trojans, or other threats.

To remove Smmsky.co successfully, you are advised to try the guide steps in the following lines. Also, after you uninstall the hijacker, be sure to be more careful with your future downloads so that you don’t end up with another similar app in the future that you would need to remove.

SUMMARY:

Name Smmsky.co
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The symptoms mainly associated with iPhone hijackers are automatic browser redirects, and banner pop-ups.
Distribution Method Most iPhone hijacker can be found as built-in features inside other applications (usually ones that are free or cheap).

Remove Smmsky.co Virus from iPhone

If you have an iPhone virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have a Windows virus, please use our Windows Virus Removal guide.

Smmsky.co Virus iPhone

First you need to close all pop-ups that are currently open.

  • If the pop-up has a checkbox named “Don’t show more alerts from this webpage” click on the checkbox before closing the Ad.
  • If a Block Alerts button happens to appear after you shut down a pop-up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch tab that button to stop receiving alerts from the same page.

In case that a pop-up fails to close after performing the above operations:

  • On your Mac you should make your Safari browser close forcibly by pressing Command-Option-Esc. Select Safari from the list of Apps and force close it. After you force close it you need to restart Safari, but please hold the shift button while it starts. This will prevent any pesky Ads from opening automatically.
  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can do the same by pressing the home button twice in a quick succession. You’ll then see a preview of all apps that have been recently used. Swipe left to find Safari and then swipe up on the app’s preview to close it forcibly In order to prevent Safari from opening unwanted windows on startup go to Settings->Safari and Clear History, as well as Website Data. This will also clear your browser history and cookies so keep that in mind and export them if you want to keep them.

Smmsky.co Virus iPhone

Choose Preferences from the Safari menu. Then do the following:

  1. Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
  1. Next check on your homepage and the settings for the search engines. Adware likes messing with those. We can not provide more specific instructions for this, as you may be using many different browsers.
    • Select the General icon and look at the Homepage field. It should either be empty or filled with the address of the Homepage you want.
    • Follow up on the Search icon. Again it should be either the default search engine or any that you have set for yourself. Note that in some versions of Safari these settings are found in the General panel/

Smmsky.co Virus iPhone

Open Safari and click on the Extensions button. Note that Adware use extensions almost exclusively to inject the pop-up Ads into your browser. Any extension on this list that you do not remember installing yourself is likely planted there by the Adware. Remove ALL extensions you are unfamiliar with.

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