In the event that your Android tablet, phablet or smartphone has recently been affected by a program called Instant Apps “Virus”, you may be concerned with the safety of your device at this point. Thankfully, Instant Apps “Virus” is simply what’s known as a browser hijacker and not a virus or malicious program of any kind. It’s called that because it usually replaced the homepage and default search engine of your Chrome, Firefox or other browser and redirects you to various web locations. But that doesn’t make it entirely safe to keep on your portable device and below we will explain in short why that it is. In addition, below this article you will also find a removal guide with several simple steps to help you remove Instant Apps “Virus” from your system.
Why browser hijackers shouldn’t be kept on your device
Browser hijackers like Instant Apps “Virus” are generally regarded as benign, however, many security experts tend to categorize them as potentially unwanted programs or PUPs. On the one hand, it’s because they usually end up on users’ devices without them necessarily wanting them to be there. And on the other hand, they may often result in a handful of unpleasant side effects. These include a slowdown of your device, due to the activities the hijacker runs in the background. In addition, it takes up space on your device, as well as RAM and CPU time.
Other side effects include the fact that software of this type actually tends to track your browsing habits so as to optimize its advertising campaigns. This traffic data, as it’s called, can then later be sold to third parties for additional profit, and that’s not something many users are comfortable with. Furthermore, though we already pointed out that Instant Apps “Virus” is not a virus, it could potentially end up exposing your smartphone or tablet to online threats. This can happen as a result of the constant redirecting, for example.
All in all, you can clearly see that there’s no use in keeping Instant Apps “Virus” on your device, so removing it is the optimal solution to this issue. We’d also like to share a good tip with you so you can avoid this kind of software in the future. Hijackers usually come as integral components of other apps. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to only trust the Google Play Store for the download of any programs. And on top of that it would also be good to do some research prior to downloading an app and that will likely to tell you if there’s an advertising component in it or not.
Instant Apps 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.
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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