The other day my daughter’s Safari browser on her iPad was stuck because she couldn’t close one of the tabs. It was some bogus web site with a popup message that said she had contracted a virus and to call a certain phone number so they can help troubleshoot.
At first I thought she had gotten some malware or even actually contracted a virus, because we couldn’t close the popup window or the page (tab) in Safari, and we also couldn’t browse to any of the other open tabs. We even tried closing Safari and reopening, and powering down the iPad and back on – still the same issue. It virtually made Safari useless. There was also discussions of taking the device to a repair shop that can Fix iPad and remove those annoying Java scripts. That may have been the most efficient way to fix it. Either way, it’s certainly got me thinking about security while she’s using the iPad, and I’ve found myself reading things like this page showing the best vpn for privacy services out there and I think I might look into getting one for the future so that we will have a little extra protection when using these devices that we have made part of our lives these days. But, in that moment, I was just focused on what we were going to do to get the iPad back up and running.
So, I scoured the internet for a solution, but I was looking at it from the wrong angle. I was searching for the name of the company on the web page in question, and even searched on the phone number listed to see if I could find anything about this unscrupulous company. After some time I finally came across this gem that helped me solve the problem. Here’s the partial explanation:
Makes sense, and as I looked at it more closely, I realized the popup only had an OK button but no Cancel button. They obviously programmed the OK button to reload the popup when clicked.
In general, to improve the Safari web experience, you can look into Apple’s Safari Experimental WebKit Features. These features enable access to forthcoming web tools, proposals for web element improvements, new browser efforts, behavior adjustments, and other Apple development team under-testing features. Although these features are primarily designed for programmers and web developers, general users of Apple devices can also enable some Safari Experimental Features to improve their Safari web app experience.
Open the Settings app and click on Safari, then Advanced.