Kuwaited iPhone

Kuwaited

Kuwaited is a vivid representative of the browser hijacker software category that specifically targets Apple devices. Namely, Kuwaited can integrate with your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

Kuwaited iPhone

The Kuwaited Calendar Virus

And as you can tell from the name of this class of software, Kuwaited will particularly target the browsing program installed on your device. Hence, it can become part of your Chrome, Safari or other web browser. And once that happens, it will begin to take over its settings in order to aid its own advertising activities.

This is why one of the most prominent symptoms with a hijacker like Kuwaited, Calevent, Critical threat is the vast increase of popups, banners and other ads visible during browsing sessions. In addition, Kuwaited may also become the reason for you experiencing frequent page redirects to various seemingly irrelevant web addresses. Then on top of that, your browser’s appearance may be subjected to certain changes, as well.

For example, its homepage and default search engine may be substituted with new ones. And you may also find that there’s been a new toolbar added to the browsing program. The annoying thing about all these changes, however, is the fact that they will remain more or less permanent as long as Kuwaited is on your iOS device. Therefore, if you would once again like to have control over your browser, you will have to remove Kuwaited from it. And we can show you how to do that in the removal guide below.

Another good reason to want to remove this hijacker is the potential dangers it may expose you to, such as ransomware, Trojan horse viruses, etc.

SUMMARY:

Name Kuwaited
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms An increased number of popups and banners in your browser, frequent page redirects to various sponsored web locations, changes made to the browser’s appearance without your consent, etc.
Distribution Method Alongside other applications that may not necessarily come from a reliable developer.

Remove Kuwaited 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.
    Kuwaited 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 Kuwaited 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 Kuwaited or anything that looks suspicious and delete it.

Kuwaited 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.

Kuwaited 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/

Kuwaited 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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Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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