The “Virus” is a type of browser hijacker and is among the most annoying types of program that can affect your android phone. Though they are not nearly as dangerous as viruses (e.g. Trojans, ransomware, etc.) and shouldn’t be confused with them, they are still not a desired companion and should not be kept on your android phone for much longer after you have noticed them. We have compiled this guide in order to help you remove this issue from your android phone in several easy steps. But before you skip on to that, we recommend you read the below article first, as we believe being educated about a certain issue is paramount in avoiding it and protecting yourself from it in the future.

We will provide you with some basic information as to how the “Virus” works, how it is distributed and what measures you can undertake to keep your android phone safe from infection.

What does do?

As the name ‘browser hijacker’ would suggest, the Android “Virus” is designed to distribute advertisements of different types (pop-ups, banners, page redirects, hyperlinks). The goal of the developers is to get you, the user, to click on any given ad (preferably more ads), which is how they essentially earn money. This is possible thanks to the so called Pay per click scheme, which is the basis of how most browser hijacker operates. Now, here’s where the tricky part comes into play. In order for the developers behind to be able to make their ads more appealing to a certain user (you, in this case), they need to have some kind of information that is specific to that particular user. Thus, they gather all of your browsing details, such as search queries, history, favorites, etc. along with your personal information and analyze that. This way, one sure sign that you’ve been infected by browser hijacker is if you notice banners and various advertisements related to something you had recently been searching for online.

As admirable and sophisticated as this may sound, it raises a few red flags. One of them is the fact that browser hijacker developers have been known to sell your details on to third parties, once they’re done with them. Whose hands your data might land in and what they will choose to do with it is, of course, hard to say; but the risk of it being misused is very high. Another danger point, which shouldn’t be ignored, is that all these ads and pop-ups might potentially lead to malicious websites. From there you could easily get infected by harmful programs that might cause serious damage to your system. Therefore, we highly suggest you avoid clicking on any of the featured ads, no matter how attractive they may seem to you. Due to the nature of browser hijacker, there is really little reason to believe that the offers and coupons are genuine and have something in stock for you.

How do I avoid

browser hijacker usually is bundled into other programs, because most people won’t go about searching for programs like these to download by their own free will. For this reason developers ‘hide’ it behind another software, which users download and then unknowingly install along with it. This would usually be some sort of freeware or other content available on open source download platforms or torrent websites. Now, we would advise you to simply stay away from places like that and that alone will be the easiest way to stay protected. However, as most users will still go ahead and download whatnot from various murky sources, we recommend you at least choose the custom/advanced setup, when installing the program in question. This will enable you to see what exactly has come packaged with it and you will have the opportunity to decide whether or not you will allow it to be installed.

And of course, something we cannot stress enough – always, at all times have your antivirus program working. Make sure it is also a good antivirus, with a respectable reputation and from a reliable developer. If possible, it’s best if it includes a browser extension, because this will ensure a safer browser experience. We recommend running virus scans frequently, about once a week, to be certain no uninvited guests have snuck onto your system and, if there are any, to delete them duly.


Type Browser Hijacker

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About the author

Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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