Possible to have virus on ipad?

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  1. MaryAnnBrooks

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    I don't know if this is an ipad question, but I downloaded a game from iTunes for my grandson. Within hours, I googled something and immediately got a redirect to an unauthorized site (not good). I immediately deleted the game thinking that was the problem. So my question is....should I be worried that there is a virus on my ipad? Nothing has happened since that first redirect.
     
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    Due to the way iOS is designed (app-centric vs. file-centric) getting a virus is almost impossible. Were you using Safari when this re-direct occurred?
     
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    Hi MaryAnn.... - welcome to the forum! :) There are no known viruses that can infect the iPad - Apple's approval process for allowing apps to be sold in their store is stringent, plus the device's iOS is 'sandboxed' meaning that apps are contained w/i their own space (think of a prison cell). Also keep in mind that malware comes in many forms (viruses, worms, trojan horses, browser hijacks/re-directions/etc.) - a virus is a type of malware that can replicated itself and spread to other files - just not possible in the stock iPad.

    As already stated, the game downloaded re-directed you to another site - deletion should be enough. Interestingly, I was searching the web in response to your question and found THIS LINK about an app game called 'Simply Find It' which contain a harmless Trojan Horse, SO who knows what the future might bring - at the moment, you should be safe - BTW, what was the game you downloaded - just curious? Dave
     
  4. MaryAnnBrooks

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    No I was using google.
     
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    That redirect is far more likely to have come from what you were Googling at the time, not from anything contained in the game you downloaded.
     
  6. MaryAnnBrooks

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    Sorry meant chrome but may have been safari,
     
  7. MaryAnnBrooks

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    The game was Squash the Insect by Smasher Free - listed for toddlers. I don't know for sure where the redirect came from, but I thought since I had just downloaded a game, that might be the cause.
     
  8. MaryAnnBrooks

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    It was a search for Pinterest projects gone wrong. That's it.
     
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    I'm glad you discovered the cause of your problem. Thanks for letting us know, it may help someone else with a similar problem.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum!

    This thread may interest you, Twerppoet's post in particular.

    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-mini-forum/111649-new-ipad-virus.html
     

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