In the event that your Android tablet or smartphone has started to display unusually large quantities of ads on its screen, especially when you use your Chrome, Firefox or other browser to surf the internet. The ads are typically screen-wide banners, in-text links and box messages that seem to be just randomly popping up and redirecting you to pages you don’t want to see. If this sounds just all too familiar, it’s likely your portable device has been infected by a program like Com.google.provision “Virus”. Com.google.provision “Virus” is a browser hijacker and below we will tell you exactly what this means for you and for your smartphone or tablet. In addition, we will also show you how to remove it in just a few simple steps.
What browser hijackers do
Programs like Com.google.provision “Virus” are designed with the sole intent of having various products and services promoted online, directly on the screens of millions of users. There are PC versions, as well as those available for our portable devices, as you can now see. For the most part, they’re considered fairly harmless. However, in the bigger picture, they can potentially cause problems. Not to mention that for the purpose of achieving maximum effectiveness of their advertising campaigns, hijackers often snoop through your browsing history as well.
Don’t worry, they can’t get hold of any sensitive information. But it’s an unpleasant fact nevertheless. This, as well as the reality that they cannot inflict any direct harm to nor self-install on your system is what separates them from viruses. Real viruses, on the other hand, such as ransomware, spyware, Trojans and worms can result in all kinds of damage, of which you’d rather not get the chance to find out. Another unpleasant consequence of having something like Com.google.provision “Virus” in your system is that it may become much slower and less responsive. So the best way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to simply remove the hijacker and save yourself the headache.
Now, as browser hijackers usually come integrated with other apps, you most probably installed it on your gadget yourself. But mistakes are made so we can learn from them. And your lesson from this mistake is to always double check the apps your downloading, before you actually do download them. Be sure to only use the Google Play Store for new programs and it also wouldn’t hurt for you to try and research the given app online beforehand. That way user reviews may be able to tell you whether there’s a hijacker involved or not.
Com.google.provision “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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