If you are experiencing issues with your Android device where your browser (Chrome, Opera, Firefox, the default browsing app or any other browser you might use) seems to have had modifications imposed on it such as a replaced search engine and starting page and if you are frequently getting disrupted by annoying pop-ups, page redirects and banners displayed on your screen, then you are more than likely dealing with an Android browser hijacker. A browser hijacker is a software component that normally gets inside people’s devices with the help of some other application. If you have recently downloaded some app or had an application on your device updated that now has a hijacker element in it, then this is the most likely reason for the intrusiveness that you are experiencing. “Virus” is one good example of a hijacker for Android – it is a software element that normally gets added to other apps as a built-in component and once the user installs the other application, the hijacker activates inside the user’s device and the unpleasant effects from it start occurring. Although most of what hijackers do isn’t going to directly threaten the safety of your device and isn’t going to cause any serious problems, it is still understandable why most customers and security experts regard such apps as potentially unwanted. After all, hardly anyone wants to be getting constantly nagged by irritating and obstructive ads, banners and pop-ups as well as having their browser apps modified in various unwanted ways.

Removing and staying away from hijackers in future

It’s actually relatively easy to stop the annoying and unpleasant effects that come from hijackers as long as you know what you are doing. Luckily for you, if you currently have this hijacker in your system, you can easily uninstall its app and fully get rid of it as long as you follow the steps from our removal guide below. Also, if you’d like to ensure that no more such apps are able to get inside your device, remember to only download new software on your Android smartphone or tablet using reliable and reputed sources such as the Play Store. However, know that sometimes hijacker-carrying apps might even be present inside the store which is why we’d also advise you to personally research any new apps you want to get before actually installing them on your device so as to verify that they are safe and that they do not have any unwanted components. “Virus” 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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About the author


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.


    • Are there any apps on your device that you have recently installed or ones that you have had for a while, which have recently had some big update that changed the app’s functionality in some way?

  • Hi everyone here.
    We have same problem about this ie3wisa4
    Me. I solve this problem by going to my all installed apps then i see the apps that no name and no picture and when i click that there’s no apps info so i Decided to uninstall. After that my phone is going back to normal. No more problems for redirect.

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