Protection Cellphone Club
If your iOS device has been infected by Protection Cellphone Club, then you have landed yourself a browser hijacker. Browser hijackers like Protection Cellphone Club are generally considered to be harmless, but they are associated with certain risks for your system.
Namely, as a result of being infected with an application such as Protection Cellphone Club, your iPhone or iPad can become vulnerable to external threats and even highly dangerous ones like Trojans and ransomware viruses. This may occur as a result of being redirected to pages that are unsafe or have been infected with such viruses by hackers, for example.
This doesn’t mean that Protection Cellphone Club is a malicious piece of software itself, though. Browser hijackers are not identified as harmful and shouldn’t be confused with the above malware categories. In contrast, these are pieces of programming used for advertising purposes. It’s just that their means of advertising may at some point pose a danger to your device.
One of the primary advertising tactics that apps like Protection Cellphone Club use are page redirects. So, in the middle of your browsing session, you can at any point be redirected to some website or address that the hijacker is tasked with promoting. However, whether or not that specific web location is safe is something that the hijacker developers have little concern for.
Similarly, you could click on one of the many popups, banners, box messages or other types of ads that Protection Cellphone Club has been filling your Safari or Chrome browser with. And those may, in turn, lead you to an insecure web location. Therefore, it’s best to simply remove this hijacker with the help of the free removal guide we have for you here.
Remove Protection Cellphone Club 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.
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This is the first thing you should try if you are getting targeted by this kind of spam.
- Log in to 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.