Alert Phone Club
Alert Phone Club is invasive browser-targeting software for iPhones and iPads that makes certain browser changes and shows ads in the browser. The goal of Alert Phone Club is to advertise different products and sites, by showing aggressive ads and page-redirecting the user to its sponsors’ sites.
Unwanted software like Alert Phone Club is probably one of the most common issues iOS users face with their devices. The invasive app itself isn’t too dangerous and in, most cases, all it would do to your device is fill its display with aggressive and obtrusive pop-up banners that want you to tap on them so that they could redirect you to some obscure site. Some other things Alert Phone Club might do on your device is change the default search engine used by your Safari or Chrome browser to conduct online searches. The homepage of the browser might also get replaced in favour of the homepage of a site that the unwanted app is programmed to promote.
Remove Alert Phone Club Calendar Virus
First you need to close all pop-ups that are currently open.
- If the pop-up has a checkbox named “Don’t show more alerts from this webpage” click on the checkbox before closing the Ad.
- If a Block Alerts button happens to appear after you shut down a pop-up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch tab that button to stop receiving alerts from the same page.
In case that a pop-up fails to close after performing the above operations:
- On your Mac you should make your Safari browser close forcibly by pressing Command-Option-Esc. Select Safari from the list of Apps and force close it. After you force close it you need to restart Safari, but please hold the shift button while it starts. This will prevent any pesky Ads from opening automatically.
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can do the same by pressing the home button twice in a quick succession. You’ll then see a preview of all apps that have been recently used. Swipe left to find Safari and then swipe up on the app’s preview to close it forcibly In order to prevent Safari from opening unwanted windows on startup go to Settings->Safari and Clear History, as well as Website Data. This will also clear your browser history and cookies so keep that in mind and export them if you want to keep them.
Choose Preferences from the Safari menu. Then do the following:
- Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
- Next check on your homepage and the settings for the search engines. Adware likes messing with those. We can not provide more specific instructions for this, as you may be using many different browsers.
- Select the General icon and look at the Homepage field. It should either be empty or filled with the address of the Homepage you want.
- Follow up on the Search icon. Again it should be either the default search engine or any that you have set for yourself. Note that in some versions of Safari these settings are found in the General panel/
Open Safari and click on the Extensions button. Note that Adware use extensions almost exclusively to inject the pop-up Ads into your browser. Any extension on this list that you do not remember installing yourself is likely planted there by the Adware. Remove ALL extensions you are unfamiliar with.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A Browser hijacker would make browser changes that would allow it to spam your screen with ads.|
|Distribution Method||Methods such as spam message distribution and file-bundles are oftentimes used to spread hijacker apps.|
On the surface, these changes in the device might not seem like the biggest problem ever, and they aren’t, but if you actually need to put up with this little irritations on a daily basis every time you try to use your iPhone, the unpleasantness starts to build up.
However, the intrusiveness of this browser hijacker’s activities isn’t actually the biggest problem here. What’s way more troubling is the decreased security of the affected device. You see, all those small changes made by the hijacker have the potential to decrease the safety levels of your iPhone, meaning that the longer the hijacker stays active in the device, the greater the chance of landing more serious hazards like Trojans, Ransomware, or Spyware. Therefore, you really shouldn’t waste any time and remove the undesirable app ASAP.