Nobody likes irritating online ads and sudden unwanted page-redirects, right? However, if they are coming from a certain website, it is still typically possible to avoid them – you either simply stop visiting the site that generates the ads or you install an ad-blocker app to your browser. But what is one to do if the ads keep coming and coming regardless of the site that is being visited at the moment? Well, if you are faced with a similar situation, know that you likely have a hijacker application on your device that might be affecting your IE, Chrome, Opera, Firefox (or any other) browser. Browser hijackers are a category of software that is infamous for its ad-generating and browser-modifying abilities and it is usually associated with PC. This, however, is not to say that browser hijackers can only affect computers and laptops. There are many such software pieces that are actually specifically developed for Android devices such as smartphones and tablets and in the next lines we will focus on one such hijacker called “Virus”. This software has the ability to infiltrate the user’s browser and trigger unpleasant activities such as ads-generation, sudden redirects to random pages and replacement of the frontpage/new-tab page of the browsing program. Of course, all of this can be extremely frustrating. Many users complain that hijackers such as oftentimes tend to cover their whole displays with obnoxious banners that prevent them from using their devices normally. The good news here is that it’s actually quite easy to get rid of the obstruction and irritation caused by the hijacker. If you are presently struggling with “Virus”, we can help you eliminate it from your Android tablet or smartphone, just scroll down to the removal guide below and complete the steps as instructed.

Should you be worried

Hijackers are typically not a major concern and can be deal with with relative ease. However, the ads generated by them might not always be reliable and might sometimes be coming from sources with bad reputation. Tapping on such ads hides risks such as landing on illegal sites or even getting your device infected by insidious viruses like Trojans, Worms, Ransomware, etc. Therefore, it’s better if you simply stay away from any advertising materials displayed by and remove the hijacker as soon as possible. Also, to avoid future installation of such pesky software, be really careful with what sources you use for new apps and also conduct your own personal research on the applications that you wish to install. “Virus” Android Removal

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. Virus

Whether you use the default “Internet” App for browsing or a different browser like Chrome you need to go to:
Settings/More/Application Manager/All Virus

Locate the Browser/App in question and tap on it. Virus

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. Virus

Now tap the Clear Data and Clear Cache Buttons. Virus

For Google Chrome Users:

Click on  Force Stop. Virus

Then click on Clear Data and Clear Cache. Virus Virus

Restart your Browser. It might be a good idea to Reboot your Android device, just in case.

  • Important!

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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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

1 Comment

  • The path to to the App Manager is just an example, it may not be the same on all devices. As for the lack “clear cache” and “clear data”, even without them, the issue should still be managable. We first need to ask you if you have recently installed any new apps on your device that may be the actual culprit behind the ads. Recently updated apps that didn’t show ads before but now do may also be the cause behind the issue.

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