Protection Booster Site
Protection Booster Site is a form of software that is labeled as unwanted because it gets itself secretly installed on iPhone and iPad devices and changes their browsers’ settings. Protection Booster Site changes the device’s browser in order to then use it for generating ads and promoting certain sites.
There are many different symptoms when a hijacker gets installed, so it’s practically impossible to not notice the unwanted software. In fact, a hijacker needs to be as noticeable as possible in order to do its advertising job well.
Common symptoms are the change of the search engine that your Safari browser uses by default, the replacement of the browser’s usual homepage, the sudden page redirects to sites you don’t recognize and don’t want to visit, as well as the frequent spam with pop-ups on your screen while the Internet connection is enabled.
This whole advertising activity causes many users who have Protection Booster Site to think they have been attacked by some serious virus the likes of a Trojan horse or Ransomware. Protection Booster Site is neither of those things, but its unwelcome browser changes and advertising could indeed lower the safety levels of your iPhone and lead to the device’s exposure to hacker-hosted sites and viruses. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to ensure the quick and full uninstallation of this undesirable application. To help you with that, we have prepared a guide that will show you an effective way to remove the hijacker.
Protection Booster Site Removal
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.
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.
|Name||Protection Booster Site|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A Hijacker would install a new search engine service in the browser and use it to redirect your searches to advertised sites.|
|Distribution Method||The method that is most commonly used to spread apps like Protection Booster Site is called software bundling.|