Browser hijackers are potentially unwanted software applications that are typically associated with PCs and laptops. However, there are also many hijacker versions created for Android devices such as smartphones and tablets and in the next lines we will be focusing on one particular one named Chromes “Virus”. It has been recently released and many users have reported that it has gotten inside their devices without their permission and has started nagging them with various forms of online advertising. For instance, a hijacker like Chromes might change the new-tab page of the browser (Chrome, Firefox, Opera or any other) that you are using and it might also cause sudden page redirects to promoted sites as well as generate unpleasant and obstructive banners, box messages and pop-ups. All of that could really make it rather difficult and frustrating to normally use your device, especially if you are trying to browser the Internet. Therefore, we have done our best to put together a short, yet detailed removal guide for Chromes that can help any of our readers who has issues with this hijacker get the intrusive software away from their device. The uninstallation and removal process should take only a couple of minutes of your time.
When it comes to what potential dangers there could be coming from a hijacker application, you’d be relieved to read that most of the time, such pieces of software aren’t really capable of harming anything on your device. They are mostly used as tools for advertising something – software products, sites, web stores, online services, etc. Still, though, due to the highly-aggressive way in which the promoting campaigns are conducted, most users typically prefer to get rid of any hijacker software as quickly as possible.
One other thing we need to mention here is that sometimes the offers displayed by such applications could be fake or misleading and might even land you on dangerous sites that are used to spread real malware viruses the likes of Spyware, Trojans, Ransomware, Worms, Rootkits, etc. Just make sure to avoid any advertising materials that could be coming from the hijacker.
How to avoid future hijacker encounters
Most browser-hijacking software like Chromes typically gets added to other apps that users tend to download. That is why you must always download only popular and reliable applications from trusted sources such as the Google App Store and even then it’s still a good idea to conduct your own research on applications that you are about to download and install as sometimes even the apps from the Store might be compromised.
Chromes “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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