If many irritating ads start popping-up on your screen whenever you connect to the Internet and/or try to use your browser on your Android device, then there’s likely an undesirable piece of software on your smartphone or table that belongs to the browser hijacker category. But what is a browser hijacker? In Layman’s terms, a browser hijacker is any software piece that has the ability to take over the browser/s that are on your device (Firefox, Opera, Chrome, etc.) and spam them with ads and page redirects as well as alter them in some way (make changes to the starting page address, add a new search engine to replace the one that was there before, alter the toolbar and so on). On an Android devices, the ads and the pop-ups are also likely to occur even when the browser isn’t opened as long as the device is still connected to the Internet. As you can see, a hijacker isn’t really something that most people would like to have on their machines. Hijacker apps are annoying, obstructive and even though they aren’t as malicious as Ransomware, Trojans and other similar threats, they could still represent a certain security hazard if left unchecked. That is why, we highly recommend that you make sure that your device is cleaned off of any such apps.
In the guide further down on this page, we have posted a reliable guide on how to remove the intrusive ART Amnho “Virus” which is one of the newer hijackers out there. Therefore, if you believe that this piece of unwanted software is currently residing inside your device, it is strongly recommended that you take the necessary actions in order to uninstall it.
How to make sure you don’t get any more hijackers
Although apps like ART Amnho “Virus” are not inherently harmful in the majority of cases, you should still try to keep away from them in the future. The best way to do that is to never download any software that looks low-quality or that originates from a questionably-looking sources. Generally, you are advised to stick to download sources that are both popular and reliable while avoiding anything that you don’t know if you can trust. Another good and important tip is to research the apps you might want to download and install beforehand. See if other users have had any complaints about them and only then decide if the given app is worth getting downloaded.
ART Amnho “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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