Has your Android device started displaying an unusually large number of ads, especially when you try to use your Chrome, Firefox or other browser? Has the browser’s homepage and/or default search engine been changed, too? And are you constantly being redirected to annoying websites you wish to have nothing to do with? Then your smartphone or tablet has most probably been infected by a program called Android Security Center “Virus”. This is what is known as a browser hijacker and in this article we will tell you everything you need to know about this type of software. Moreover, we will also show you how you can manually remove Android Security Center “Virus” from your system and forget about the annoyance it has been causing you.
What does the term ‘browser hijacker’ stand for?
Obviously, the words mean that this program ‘hijacks’ your browser by imposing its own settings. But besides that, there’s much more to a piece like Android Security Center “Virus”. These programs modify your browser and certain system settings with the intention of exposing you to large quantities of online ads, hence all the popups, banners and page redirects. For this purpose they have even been known to monitor your browsing patterns and use them to optimize the display of their ads on each separate device. And all of this is done in the name of profit, as the developers earn revenue based on the number of times one ad or another has been viewed/clicked on.
But are these programs dangerous? Well, the short answer is no, they certainly don’t compare to viruses and malicious software like Trojans and ransomware. But even though they aren’t viruses, programs like Android Security Center “Virus” are still seen as undesirable and best avoided. This is because of the annoyance they cause, the lack of functionality and just the amount of system resources they take up without any justification for the user. In addition, there’s no telling how safe the said page redirects are and what type of websites they could potentially land you on.
So, once you have removed Android Security Center “Virus”, you can also make sure that you don’t get infected again. Keep in mind that browser hijackers for Android devices are typically distributed as integral components of other apps. Therefore, it would be a good idea to avoid downloading apps from third party sources and only keeping to the Google Play Store. But to be completely safe, it wouldn’t hurt to do some research prior to downloading a certain app as well.
Android Security Center “Virus” Removal
Whether you use the default “Internet” App for browsing or a different browser like Chrome you need to go to:
Locate the Browser/App in question and tap on it.
Now the method is effectively the same for users using both “Internet” and Chrome/Other Browsers, yet for more clarity we have provided instructions for both:
For “Internet” Browser Users:
Tap the Force Stop button.
Now tap the Clear Data and Clear Cache Buttons.
For Google Chrome Users:
Click on Force Stop.
Then click on Clear Data and Clear Cache.
Restart your Browser. It might be a good idea to Reboot your Android device, just in case.
If you are still seeing Ads in your browser, it is likely they are generated by the websites you visit and there is nothing you can do about it.
However, if you are seeing Adverts outside of your internet browser, then one of your installed Apps contains the problematic Adware. In this case you need to take a look at this guide.
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