Causes why an iPad can have a virus and how to remove them — 2022

It may sound strange to many to talk about viruses on the iPad, since Apple tablets are usually very secure and the company usually places great emphasis on taking security measures with each update of the operating system. However, it would be inaccurate to say that it is impossible to find a virus on an iPad, since in certain cases we can find them. In this post we tell you what are the causes of this happening and how to eliminate these viruses.

Why your iPad may have a virus?

As we said before, Apple releases at least one software update for its devices every month or month and a half. The iPad was not going to be less and in these, in addition to finding visual and functional news, other performance improvements and security measures are also included. On this basis we can understand that any punctual problem can be solved almost immediately , since as soon as vulnerabilities are detected, Apple advances its security update so that it reaches users as soon as possible.

The cause of these problems are usually mainly some applications. In the App Store there are some rigid security filters that prevent malicious software from entering, but it is not infallible and on occasion some other app with malware included has been known. In these cases, Apple also acts quickly, removing the app from its store and recommending that users who have downloaded it uninstall it from their computers.

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But in the end, without a doubt, the main cause of viruses on an iPad is the jailbreak . To do this on an iPad, a software vulnerability is usually exploited. Once an iPad is jailbroken, it stops depending on Apple for everything, whether they are updates or security measures for their systems. They offer very tempting advantages, such as full interface customization and other features that are not present natively. However, just as there are risks to jailbreaking an iPhone, there are also risks to an iPad.

With jailbreak you can install third-party applications on an iPad without going through the App Store. There are many apps that despite not being in the App Store have been classified as safe, but the risk is still high and there is still a wide range of applications and tools that put your iPad at risk. Malicious software can be included in these and you will not even be aware of it.

How to remove viruses from your iPad

Knowing the main causes of your iPad having a virus, it's time to know how to react to it. If you suspect that your iPad may be infected regardless of whether you are jailbroken or not , we strongly recommend restore the system , for which there are several methods. From the iPad itself there is the option to do it from Settings, but it is not the most efficient and far from it the most recommended if you have a jailbreak. Therefore, you will need a computer to perform the restore.

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To restore iPad with a Mac with macOS Catalina or later you should do this:

  1. Disable the option to find iPad from Settings>your name>Search.
  2. Connect iPad to Macvia cable.
  3. Opens Finder.
  4. On the left you will see that the name of your iPad appears, click on it.
  5. Now click on Restore and enter your device security code and Apple ID password when prompted.

To restore it from a Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier and from a PC con Windows you must follow these steps:

  1. Disable the option to find the iPad from Settings>your name>Search.
  2. Connect the iPad to the computervia cable.
  3. Opens iTunes. If you are with Windows and you do not have it installed, you can download it on the Apple website.
  4. Go to the device management part, by clicking on the device icon at the top of the screen.
  5. Click on Restore. Enter your iPad security code and your Apple ID password when prompted.

Once the iPad is restored you will have to set up the device as new , without restoring a backup under any circumstances. It's tedious having to reconfigure settings, install the apps you had and so on, but it's the most effective way to rule out viruses on your iPad.