Protection Device Site
Protection Device Site is what is known as a browser hijacker and it targets iOS devices. More specifically, Protection Device Site integrates with the browsers installed on iOS devices, such as Chrome and Safari.
If your iPad, iPhone or iPod has recently been infected with Protection Device Site, then your browsing experience has very likely become defined by myriads of online ads. They can come in different shapes and sizes including popups, banners, box messages and even in the form of in-text links. Furthermore, your browser may have started to trigger random page redirects to various sponsored websites just as you’re busy browsing the web.
And to top it all off, your familiar browser homepage and/or its default search engine might be replaced with new ones. The only way you will be able to restore your browsing program to its original pre-hijacker state is by removing Protection Device Site from your device. And this can be done in a few simple steps described in the removal guide below.
What to expect from Protection Device Site
Besides the obvious symptoms that we already mentioned, there are a few other consequences of having an application like Protection Device Site running on your smart device. For instance, due to the way hijackers operate, this one may be collecting browsing data from your sessions online. This is done to optimize the flow of ads and maximize profits from those ads for the developers.
Last but not least, hijackers like Protection Device Site are also associated with the risk of exposure to viruses such as Trojan, ransomware and others due to the frequent page redirects and intensive generation of ads that may lead to unsafe web locations.
Protection Device Site Removal
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.
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 Device Site|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||An unstoppable stream of ads is the most common symptom of a Browser Hijacker infection.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling is a relatively common distribution method along with installers from torrents, ads, spam messages and shareware sites.|