Protection Phone Fun
Protection Phone Fun is an unwanted iPhone app that is programmed to expose you to different kinds of ads while you are using the browser. Protection Phone Fun can be categorized as a browser hijacker because it takes over the device’s main browser and makes unauthorized changes in it.
Apps like Protection Phone Fun are very widespread and even though they are more common for Android devices and Windows computers, there are also versions for Apple products such as iPhones and Macs. The purpose of these browser hijackers is simple – they are created for the purpose of spamming the users with ads and redirecting their online searches to different promoted sites. In order to achieve its goal, some hijackers modify some aspects of the infected Safari, Chrome or other browser, such as its homepage settings or its default search engine.
Another very common hijacker symptom that users complain about is the sudden page redirects that these apps oftentimes trigger in the browser. The redirects automatically lead the user to the sites that the hijacker is programmed to advertise. However, if any of those sites are unsafe and contain virus threats such as Trojans, Spyware, or Ransomware, your iPhone may get exposed to them if you have a hijacker installed on it. Besides, even if the sites and products promoted by Protection Phone Fun are safe and legitimate, it can still be particularly irritating to have this software on your phone due to the constant obstruction coming from its advertising activities. Therefore, uninstalling Protection Phone Fun is still the preferable course of action and we can help you with it. There are removal steps below this guide that will allow you to manually remove this hijacker from your device.
Protection Phone Fun Virus Removal
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.
|Name||Protection Phone Fun|
|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.|