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Is it possible for iPhones to get affected by a viruses?

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I needed to restore my iPhone and the computer where I restored my iPhone has many viruses, trojans and stuff. Since the restores, my iPhone's been acting weird. Sometimes it may get very slow! When I take a pic with the flash on, the shutter closes very slowly and it kinda lags. When the flash is off, there's no problem. Oh and sometimes when I go through apps, it gets slow. Like, safari may open up pretty slowly sometimes. Also, my notifications are sometimes messed up. Like, older notifications which are supposed to be below may be above the new ones. Oh and right now, I'm writing this on my iPhone and what I'm typing is written slowly. The letters appear long after I press them. So I was thinking maybe my iPhone is affected by viruses? Is it possible? It's a non jailbroken 4S.

iPhone 4S, iOS 6.0.1
  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,970 points)

    No. There are no viruses or other malware that affect a non-jailbroken iPhone.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (12,450 points)

    First thing to try is a reboot of your device. Press and hold the Home and Sleep buttons simultaneously ignoring the red slider until the Apple logo appears. Let go of the buttons and let the device restart. See if that fixes your problem.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,970 points)

    The issues you describe are often symptomatic of corruption in a backup used to restore the phone.


    Standard troubleshooting involves:


    Re-boot the phone

    Restore the phone

    Restore the phone as new. (do not restore your backup).


    One of these should clear up the issues.


    As for viruses. If someone sends you an e-mail containing an infected attachment, obviously, the virus is "in the phone" as the attachment is there. The payload, however can not actually infect the phone. If you were to forward it to a friend running Windows, it could infect them.


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