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Family Line Services iPhone

Family Line Services

Family Line Services is an unwanted iPhone app that automatically causes page redirects in the browser in order to promote certain websites. Apps like Family Line Services belong to the browser hijacker category and their presence on the device may lead to a number of security problems.

Family Line Services iPhone

The Family Line Services calendar virus may look like this

The FamilyLine Services iPhone Calendar Spam

If you think that FamilyLine Services is on your iPhone at the moment, there’s no place for panic and no need to be overly concerned. While FamilyLine Services is still an unwanted app, it is far less dangerous than a Trojan horse, Spyware, or a Ransomware virus. Still, the sooner you uninstall this browser hijacker, the lower the chances for potential complications.

The FamilyLine.services iPhone Calendar Virus

The biggest problem with this type of app is none other than its popups, banners and automatic redirects to unknown sites. Since you have no way of controlling what FamilyLine.services advertises on your screen, there’s always the danger of having your device exposed to unsafe sites that contain hazardous content. The only viable solution here is to remove the intrusive app.

Here, you should know that in most cases, an iPhone hijacker isn’t distributed as a stand-alone application. Instead, most hijackers like Erpresearch, Tionassociet are added to other apps, so, in order to uninstall Family Line Services, you will need to find and remove the app that has brought it onto your device. This also defines the best way to keep hijackers away from your smartphone in the future – simply try to avoid downloading new apps that don’t seem to come from reliable developers and/or are not from the App Store. As far as removing this particular browser-hijacking app is concerned, we suggest you follow the next steps as they can help you with this task.

SUMMARY:

Name Family Line Services
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Aggressive pop-up banners and ads, browser page redirects, system slowdowns, and more.
Distribution Method Mostly distributed by being added to another app as a built-in feature.

Remove Family Line Services Calendar Virus

If you have an iPhone virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have a Windows virus, please use our Windows Virus Removal guide.

This is the first thing you should try if you are getting targeted by this kind of spam. 

  1. Log in yo your account at iCloud.com and tap on Calendar.
  2. Tap on the Settings icon (a gear icon) located in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  3. Now, select Preferences and then Advanced.
  4. Change the Invitations setting from In-app notifications to Email to and provide your current email.
    Family Line Services iPhone
  5. Lastly, click on Save to confirm the change.

Note that after you do that, you will no longer get any events automatically added to your Calendar. Instead, theyd go to the email you have provided. This also applies to the spam youve been getting – it would too go to your email, but at least you wont be getting the spam notifications on your screen.

The next part of this post will tell you how to check your iPhone for an actual Calendar spam virus and how to deal with such a virus if it gets detected.

To remove Family Line Services Calendar Virus quickly you can try this:
1. Go to Settings on your iPhone/iPad.
2. Open Passwords and Accounts.
3. Then go to Subscribed Calendars.
4. Look for Family Line Services or anything that looks suspicious and delete it.

Family Line Services iPhone

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.

Family Line Services iPhone

Choose Preferences from the Safari menu. Then do the following:

  1. Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
  1. 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/

Family Line Services iPhone

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. 

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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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