Gpfree “Virus” Removal (Android Pop Up)

This page was created to help you remove the Gpfree “Virus.” These Gpfree “Virus” removal instructions work for android phones.

Gpfree “Virus” is a form of adware for Android devices. And we all know that this particular type of program can be as annoying as a leg loving puppy. Now, while PC users more or less had it figured out and could manage to maneuver past these nuisances, our phones and tablets have proven to be a little more susceptible to various unwanted software. And also another thing that sets them apart from their standard computer cousins, is that they don’t come secretly bundled into other programs. Here, they’re quite blatantly just an integrated part of the program in question. But we’ll get into this in a little bit.

For now we would just like to assure you that there is no reason to panic or to fear for your phone or tablet, as this is NOT a virus. Viruses, as opposed to Gpfree “Virus” , are forms of malware (malicious + software), generally designed to harm you and your gadget in various ways. This could be ransomware that has been installed to extort money from you, or a Trojan horse that steals your data. Either way, that is not the case here. Nevertheless, we do not recommend keeping adware on your android device, because it could potentially lead to other problems. For this very reason we have designed the following guide, which will help you remove the Gpfree “Virus” from your phone or tablet.

What is the point of adware?

As the name would suggest, it’s there to distribute ads. These can come in the forms of pop-ups, banners; they can sometimes be as aggressive as to cover your whole screen and even come coupled with sound – not something you would like to run into while playing your favorite game in the waiting room. And the problem is that you have no way of preventing these ads from appearing, and you cannot really even predict when one of these loud, startling advertisements of baby shampoo or prostate medication will come up. But the purpose of these ads often just popping up out of nowhere (typically while you’re doing something else) is to get you to tap on them. It’s a simple strategy, but an effective one at that: you’re there, say, playing a game, both your thumbs are engaged in the process, actively touching the screen, when all of a sudden: Download this great app to find your perfect match! You aren’t given an adequate time to react, and one of your fingers accidentally lands on the ad. Bingo. This will automatically redirect you somewhere, but what is important is that this tap has already earned the developers some cash. And that is how adware works. In the world of computers with mice it’s known as the Pay per click scheme, but Pay per tap would probably make it more appropriate for this case.

How does it get installed on your device?

In most cases it came together with another app you downloaded. As pointed out in the distinction above, it wasn’t bundled into the program, rather it was made an inseparable part of it. Unfortunately, you couldn’t have known this and will have only noticed Gpfree’s presence with the increased amount of advertising going on on your device. Especially, while browsing the Internet and one sure way of determining whether the ads you’re seeing are indeed due to adware is taking note of your search queries and favorited pages. Adware is known for gathering information related to your browsing in order to create ads that are more relevant to you. They can’t count on accidental taps alone, some of the visits need to be voluntary as well. So, if you happen to see a suspicious connection between what you were researching the other day and the ads that are flooding your browser now – you have almost certainly got yourself an adware infection.

While there’s no way of knowing for sure whether the app you decide to download comes bearing uncalled for gifts, you can make an effort to research it first. If there’s something wrong with it, there are bound to be users exposing it all over the web. Also, it’s a good idea to abstain from downloading content from various open source download platforms across the internet, which may be distributing infected software.

Gpfree “Virus” Removal

Step1

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

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

Step2

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.

Step3

Restart your Browser. It might be a good idea to Reboot your Android device, just in case. Otherwise you are all set. If we helped you or if our guide didn’t work for you please let us know in the comments section.

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