Masterhost.space is a browser hijacker that affects portable Android devices. Specifically, Masterhost.space can become part of the Chrome, Firefox or other browser that you have installed on your smartphone or tablet.
Typical symptoms of an infection with software like Masterhost.space have to do with the appearance of your browser. Namely, the hijacker will likely change the browser homepage to a different one and possibly also substitute the existing default search engine. But most annoying of all would have to be the myriads of online ads that begin to flood your screen with the installation of this type of software on your device.
These ads come in every shape and size, from popups and banners, to box messages and in-text links. And they can be visible on any website, at any time.
The Masterhost.space Virus
You may also be forced to deal with page redirects as a result of Masterhost.space’s activity, and that’s something to watch out for. The more Masterhost.space redirects you are faced with, the more likely you are to potentially be exposed to some unsafe web location that may be swarming with viruses.
Hence, we recommend removing Masterhost.space from your smartphone or tablet, instead of having to endure all of its annoying effects.
We should point out, however, that although Masterhost.space runs the risk of exposing you to various malicious threats such as Trojans and ransomware, it is not a virus itself. Browser hijackers are classified as potentially unwanted programs at most, and they actually serve as a means to earn revenue from paid ads.
Remove Masterhost.space Virus from Android
The first thing you are advised to do before you even attempt to remove the malware app is to start your device in Safe Mode. Safe Mode basically prevents any unnecessary software from running on your phone, only leaving the most essential processes active. This can be very helpful when removing Masterhost.space because it will stop the malware from running any processes that may keep you from eliminating it.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a single universal way to access/enable Safe Mode on an Android device. Different smartphone and tablet manufacturers giv their products different mechanisms to enter Safe Mode. In most cases, you’d be required to hold down the power button to get the option to restart the device into Safe Mode but oftentimes it is a bit more complicated than that. Here, you will have to look online for instructions on how to enter Safe Mode for your specific device brand and model. Usually, a quick Google search on “How to enter Safe Mode on * your phone model*?” should give you the needed instructions. Follow those instructions and once you have Safe Mode enabled on your phone, proceed with the next steps.
The second step is to find and eliminate the app that is causing disturbances on your device. Go into Settings and open the App Manager (this could be named differently depending on your phone model – Apps, Applications, Application Manager, etc.).
Once you are there, find the All Apps list – again, this list could have a different name but shouldn’t be hard to figure out. Now look through the different apps on your device (it’s best if you sort them by installation date from newest to oldest).
If there are is an app you don’t remember installing yourself or one that you installed just before the problems with your device started to take place, or if you see an app named Masterhost.space (or something similar), tap on that app and then select the Uninstall button.
Just know that it isn’t necessary for the problematic application to have the Masterhost.space – it could have a totally different name in order to avoid getting removed. This should get rid of the suspicious application and hopefully solve your problem.
In some cases, the Uninstall button might be grayed-out, preventing you from removing the app. This is usually a good indication that this app is indeed the one responsible for the problems with your device. If that is the case, go to Step 3.
If you have successfully removed the suspicious app, skip Step 3 and go to Step 4.
Go back to Settings and type Admin in the search box. Look for a result titled Device Admin Apps or something similar – it should typically be under the Security and Privacy settings.
Once you find it, see what apps have Admin permissions on your device. If you have been unable to remove the malicious app because the Uninstall button is grayed-out, the likely reason is because this app has Admin permissions that it shouldn’t have. If you see the app listed in Device Admin Apps, revoke its rights and confirm the action no matter what warning message about the app not working properly shows on your screen. After that, go back to Step 2 and try removing the malware app again.
Now it’s time to clean your browser(s) – often, hijackers such as Masterhost.space could affect the way your browser works by making small but unpleasant changes to it. That is why it is suggested to clean your browser data and cache. To do that, go back to Settings/Apps Manager/All Apps and find the entry for your browser and tap on it. Now, first select the Force Stop option and then the Clear Data and Clear Cache ones. It doesn’t matter what the specific browser is and if you have more than one, do this for all of them.
Finally, restart your phone normally so you are no longer in Safe Mode and test how it performs and if the problem is gone. Usually, Android malware isn’t as hard to remove compared to Windows malware so everything should probably be fine after you complete this guide. If, however, the issue persists and Masterhost.space is still being a nuisance, you are free to contact us through the comments section and we will try to personally assist you with removing the unpleasant malware app.