What is Attentioner.com?
Attentioner.com Android “Virus” is an adware. It is a program that is designed to be able to generate ads in a bid to provide more information. An adware is very different from a virus. In fact, they are two separate things and should not be mistaken with each other: a virus is a malicious piece of programming code that is out to inflict harm on the computer in which it resides.
Other than providing a step-by-step removal guide, the page will also give you information on what is Attentioner.com, what does it do as well as how it is being spread. Do not dismiss the following information as it is good for you to know what it is you are dealing with. We’ll also hopefully teach you how to be able to prevent a re-infection in the future.
This program is programmed to integrate itself onto your browsers, be it Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox. By integrating with the browsers, it will be able to track your browsing pattern. After gathering all that information, it will be able to generate tempting and convincing ads that are adapted to your preferences and taste. All this is done to tempt you into clicking the ads, which is the end-goal of the creators.
These ads can take the form of banners, pop-up ads and boxes or even as a separate window. They may display deals, coupons or even a sudden windfall. They are often intrusive and can be overly aggressive at times in their proliferation and appearance. The constant bombardment of the ads especially at times when you are in a rush, overstretched or in a zone, might cause bouts of frustration, anger, exasperation and may even lead to a heightened level of stress, as you’ve probably already seen for yourself. Removal is generally the best course of action.
Regardless of the message that these ads proclaim, do not click onto the ads. Clicking on the ads will not be beneficial to you in any way. Granted, at times, you might be directed to a page where the featured deal can be found. However, these pages are oftentimes those that you frequently visit or have recently visited, so its not really helping you.
More commonly, you might be directed to a page which is a third-party pay-per-click site. This is where the creators want you to end up visiting. When you enter such sites, the creators will be credited with some money, earning some extra income.
There are also cases where the page that you are being directed to, features and promotes the download of a program. This program will be full of security loopholes and will likely become a form of security threat to your computer in the near future.
Sometimes, the page that you are being directed to, doubles up as a portal for other adware to access and enter your computer without your acknowledgement.
How does infection happen and how can I avoid it?
Knowing how infection happens is good as you will have a better idea as to what to look out for to prevent re-infection from occurring.
Infection happens in multiple ways. One of the most commonly used methods by creators to transmit Attentioner.com Android “Virus” is bundling. This is where this adware is being tied together with a popular program and made available for downloading as a bundle. Of course, as downloaders, we will not be able to discern whether or not a program has undergone bundling. But a common feature for these programs is that its download is usually free. There are also cases where files from torrent clients have undergone bundling as well, these can be very dangerous, because the chance of having a real virus inside!
It might seem as if in order to avoid being infected, you should abstain from downloading free programs off the Internet, but that is not necessarily true. Attentioner.com Android “Virus” can only work after it has been installed onto your computer. Therefore, if you prevent its installation you can still enjoy the benefits of the program is was attached to.
To prevent its installation, after downloading any program, select “Custom Installation” rather than “Automatic Installation”. In “Custom Installation”, you are privy to the list of files that are to be installed onto your computer. Read carefully through the list and uncheck any ones that seem unfamiliar, strange, dubious or foreign to you. This will not uninstall the main program or make it unusable in any way.
Another possible way of getting infected would be via opening emails from unknown senders. When you receive emails from unknown or strange senders, do not give in to your curiosity and open the email. Instead, immediately direct the email to your Junk folder and change your mailbox configuration to redirect similar mails to the Junk folder as well.
If you have an Android virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus 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.
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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