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Remove (Removal Guide) - updated May 2019

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Totmania is an iPhone virus that sends suspicious messages with links to malicious websites


Totmania is the adware-type virus which has mostly been bothering iPhone users. Technically, it is a technique used to drive users' traffic to a specific domain without their consent. In this case, it has been misused against iPhone users to redirect them to various commercial sites and infect their devices with additional PUPs/trick them into revealing their personal information/etc. The suspicious message with the link to Totmania appears to be sent from a friend.[1] However, it has nothing to do with your closest people. Beware that you should not interact with this site as the more you do so, the more intrusive messages you may get to the screen. Although this program mostly appears for iPhone users, there is an opportunity to get the message on Android device. You should note that iPhone virus has tons of different versions, so your device can get even more affected, so remove Totmania virus as soon as possible.

Name Totmania
Type  Adware/Potentially unwanted program
Category  iPhone virus
Main symptoms  Sends messages with links to suspicious domains, e.g. hxxt://
Affects  iPhones 
Possible danger  Can expose to malicious content, install other programs without users consent
Distribution Malicious sites, deceptive ads, make messages with hyperlinks
Elimination  Clean the system by installing an anti-malware application

When you receive a message with the suspicious link and questionable text make sure to not click on any hyperlink because hxxt:// and similar links have nothing to do with the message from your friends as it may appear from the first sight. If you have been receiving the same message from the same contact over and over again, this indicates two scenarios:

  • Your system is affected by a malicious app (adware-type virus or similar PUP);
  • Your friend who is sending these messages to you has the adware on his/her phone. 

Similarly to any other Text message viruses or Messenger virus, this type of scam sends a legitimate-looking text.[2] It contains words that users commonly use on an everyday basis. The message that delivers a link to Totmania net also displays the following text:

This is weird but try it

I'm going to send you a

link that they just sent me.

DON'T open it until you send

it to 10 people. then open it

and you will see the person

that loves you the most. But

first you have to send

it to 10 friends, if you don't,

nothing will show up: It's


Who was ur person?

You should note that reacting to such messages is a potentially dangerous activity that mostly focuses on promoting unsafe sites. As a result, you can be presented with the unsafe information, download links or commercial content that is collecting views and page visits.[3] Pay-per-click revenue generating is the primary purpose of these cyber infections since advertisers are the main sponsors.

While from the first sight it seems that Totmania does nothing, its social engineering techniques are intrusive and, in most cases, annoying because they are used to deliver useless content and redirects to affiliated sites. You should leave the page right when you find yourself on an unfamiliar website.

Totmania net virus virus is the program that lures people to visit sponsored pages and click on questionable ads.

Although leaving the domain may not work while trying to get rid of Totmania virus, it will help you to get some time and avoid further cyber infection. Additionally, clean your device from unknown/unsafe apps. For that, you can use a guide given at the end of this post. If you can't find anything suspicious, you might need to reset your device to its factory settings.

Getting an anti-malware application is also recommended to remove completely. Go to the app store and download an anti-virus tool for your device and scan the system entirely. Then pay attention to suggested removal steps and make your device malware-free.

Types of dangers that might be brought by threat is an adware-related threat which might cause installation of malware apps that can relate to data theft and possible device damage

Installation of malware                                                                                                                                                    

If you click on the hyperlink that is provided in the dubious message, you might land on an infectious website. In some cases, you might be lured into a malware-laden page where you can get infected with a dangerous Trojan horse or some other malicious programs.

Data theft

Getting infected with malware such as trojans often relates to data theft of personal information. Preventing this adware-based program from staying on your system is very important as once you catch a trojan infection it might be too late to take care of your data's safety and you might find valuable information misused by hackers.

Possible device damage

If this adware program takes you to a malicious website and infects you with dangerous malware, the computer virus can relate in damage of particular system components, software crashes due to CPU overusing that might be caused by malware that is carrying out a big variety of activities on your computer.

Continuous browsing online and visiting suspicious pages can expose to malicious content

If you don't pay attention to processes happening on the device or content you view constantly, you can get cyber infections without even noticing. Various commercial content-filled sites deliver PUPs and other applications that later on affect the general performance of your computer or mobile phone.

When you install software from random websites or questionable providers, you can also get unwanted programs installed automatically. Choosing Advanced or Custom options during the software installation may help you avoid this unwanted behavior.  

Once infected, use the anti-malware app and get rid of Totmania

If you already noticed Totmania virus behavior on the system or even more questionable content, scanning the system thoroughly with antivirus program can improve the performance and eliminate all useless programs from the device. 

For removal, we recommend using professional anti-malware tools because those programs have features needed to eliminate this type of intruders. The process is rather quick and straightforward, you only need to rely on the instrument.

Make sure to remove, other possible intruders, and additional browser extensions or tools and scan the machine again. This way you can make sure that the system is malware-free. Also, keeping antivirus on the system can prevent cyber infiltrations in the future.

Having in mind that Totmania is the mobile virus, experts[4] recommend resetting the iOS to its factory settings to ensure a full virus removal. Finally, we highly recommend changing your passwords to make sure that you are fully protected.

  1. Go to Settings;
  2. Navigate to General;
  3. Tap on Erase All Contents option.

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To remove, follow these steps:

Remove from Mac OS X system

Clean the system from Totmania-related adware by deleting all suspicious apps on your device:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
Mac OS XGoogle ChromeSafari

Get rid of from Google Chrome

To get rid of suspicious messages, try resetting your web browser to its primary state with the help of this guide:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate from Safari

To reset the browser to reverse any changes made by the PUP:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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