Protection iPhone Club
Protection iPhone Club is an unwanted iPhone app that aims to take over the device’s browser and use it for pushing its advertising campaigns. Protection iPhone Club makes money for its creators through the display of paid ads, banners, pop-ups, and through the generation of page redirects.
Apps like this one are very common for Android devices but in recent years there have been more and more of them for iPhones and iPads as well. They are called browser hijackers due to their ability to insert themselves in the device’s Safari, Chrome or other browser and alter its settings without requiring permission from the user. For example, your browser may start to use a different search engine as its default one and the browser’s homepage may be altered. These modifications, too, are part of the ad-displaying agenda of the hijacker.
Most users who get Protection iPhone Club on their iPhones feel irritated and frustrated by the adverts because they don’t stop popping up and there’s no way to control them. However, what is an even bigger issue with this uncontrolled ad-generation is that it may lead to the exposure of your iPhone to more hazardous forms of software like viruses. Oftentimes, hijackers like Protection iPhone Club may promote unsafe sites through their ads or they may even automatically open such sites in your browser. If you are unlucky, you may get targeted by dangerous viruses such as Trojans, Spyware, or Ransomware, which is why it’s best if you get down to the task of removing Protection iPhone Club ASAP. You can use the instructions from the removal guide below to make the uninstallation quicker and easier for yourself.
|Name||Protection iPhone Club|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Aggressive web ads all over the the screen, auto-redirects to unfamiliar pages, unauthorized web browser changes.|
|Distribution Method||Browser Hijackers are typically included in free software packages and are promoted as bonus applications to the main installation.|
Protection iPhone Club 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.