In the event that you’ve been experiencing some rather strange things with the browser on your android device and are wondering what’s going on – you’ve come to the right place. If any of the following describe your situation, your device has been infected by a browser hijacker called Polo4.me – changed homepage, changed default search engine, searches get redirected to random promotional pages, numerous ads visible throughout whole of online experience, etc. Stick around and find out how to remove this program from your phone or tablet with the help of our removal instructions and also how to prevent future infections.
Is Polo4.me “Virus” dangerous?
Let us explain something before continuing any further. Polo4.me is a browser redirect but it is not a virus! Depending on how you want to look at it, but all in all programs of this type are generally not considered to be harmful or malicious. You might run into cases when the words ‘browser hijacker’ and ‘virus’ are included in the same sentence, but we can assure you that that’s not the reality of things. Polo4.me may come across as suspicious and shady due to some rather questionable features, such as its ability to collect your browsing-related details. This still doesn’t put it in the same category as ransomware, spyware, Trojans and other viruses, though. Even the fact that it may potentially display misleading ads and links to compromised webpages still doesn’t make it qualify as malware. Nevertheless, you would be wise to take these details into consideration and avoid interacting with any of the numerous popups, banners, box messages, etc. There’s no telling which of them may have been tampered with by hackers and trust us – you don’t want to find out. In addition to the above, Polo4.me’s presence on your device might over time lead to compromised performance of your entire device, as the program calls on its resources in order to display the massive ad campaigns.
How it gets installed
Unlike regular computer browser hijackers, the ones created for android devices have skipped being included in installation packages of certain software – instead they are integrated directly with other apps and thus come as inherent parts of them. The simplest way to avoid falling into traps like these is to take the time to research the app you’re interested in downloading. Be sure to check for user reviews and read the user’s agreement where applicable and you will surely be informed about any added and potentially unwanted features, such as the inclusion of ads.
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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