A very big number of Android smartphone and tablet users have recently been complaining about various forms of advertising-related disturbances occurring on their devices. The most common complaints are about generation of intrusive ads on the users’ screens, unwanted browser redirects to random unknown pages during online sessions, changes to the user’s browser (Chrome, Firefox or any other browsing app) including replaced starting page, new-tab page, search engine and toolbar as well as other similar irritating activities that would constantly nag the user and decrease the quality of their Internet experience. If you are facing similar issues, then know that the most likely cause for them is a browser hijacker software component that has gotten inside your device. An example of a browser hijacker is the recently detected “Virus”. This is a relatively new browser hijacker for Android and there are already quite a lot of users who have had their devices “invaded” by it. Now, it’s obvious that such piece of software could be really irritating and unpleasant to have on your smartphone or tablet. However, it is our task to show you how to handle this problem and remove the pesky software component so keep on reading if you want to find out more about that. Below this short write-up, we have provided our visitors with detailed instructions on how to uninstall the undesirable software and remove all of its activities from your Android device. Also, if you need any additional help, you can ask your questions within the comments section and we will make sure to answer them.

More about “Virus” and other Android browser hijackers

Most such software isn’t actually harmful or damaging – hijackers are not viruses, they are not some nasty malware threats like, say, Ransomware, Spyware, Trojan Horses, Rootkits, Worms, etc. However, software like “Virus” is still deemed unwanted due to its intrusive behavior and also due to the fact that it might still hold certain risks for your system. Here, it’s the place for use to advise you to avoid tapping on any of the ads, banners, pop-ups or page redirects that might show on your screen while “Virus” is still in your device as they might sometimes land you on sites that might be dangerous and before you know it, you might have some nasty Ransomware or Trojan virus on your hands. Also, as a piece of advice for future, only download new apps from reputed sources – most hijackers come to the user by having been previously integrated with some other questionable or low-quality app so always be considerate regarding the software you allow inside your Android smartphone/tablet. “Virus” Uninstall

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.

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