Goultravel is rogue software for iOS devices that will take over Safari and Chrome, cause frequent page redirects in them, and change the default search engine and homepage. Goultravel can be described as a browser-hijacking app that seeks to make money through the paid promotion of different sites in need of more traffic.
If you are already familiar with this invasive app because it has recently infected your browser, know that there’s no need for panic. Even though some experts regard software like Goultravel, Smmsky.co and Click Subscribe as malware applications, it must be said that their primary goal is mainly advertising-oriented, meaning that they will keep spamming you with ads and page redirects to generate more income for their developers, but will probably not attempt to harm your iPhone in any way.
That being said, it is certainly advisable to remove Goultravel from your device, firstly, because its continuous advertising activities would make it difficult for you to use your device and, secondly, because some of the ads and the automatic browser redirects may not be safe.
One of the biggest concerns experts have about this type of apps is that their uncontrolled generation of adverts, pop-ups, banners, and redirects may eventually expose the user’s device to more serious forms of viruses and malware, including threats like Trojan horse viruses and Ransomware.
The good news is that, if you follow our Goultravel removal guide on this page, you should have no difficulty uninstalling this aggressive page-redirecting software. Therefore, it is now highly advisable that you go straight to the uninstallation instructions and use them to rid your device of the unwanted app.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Your iPhone’s Safari browser is likely to start getting automatically redirected to ad-heavy sites|
|Distribution Method||Most iPhone hijackers are disguised as cheap, helpful apps that could be downloaded from third-party download sources.|
Remove Goultravel iPhone 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.
- Log in yo your account at iCloud.com and tap on Calendar.
- Tap on the Settings icon (a gear icon) located in the lower-left corner of the screen.
- Now, select Preferences and then Advanced.
- Change the Invitations setting from In-app notifications to Email to and provide your current email.
- 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, they’d go to the email you have provided. This also applies to the spam you’ve been getting – it would too go to your email, but at least you won’t 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 Goultravel 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 Goultravel or anything that looks suspicious and delete it.
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.