Despite their usual association with PC and laptop systems, the so-called browser hijacker applications can also be encountered on Android systems as well. However, before we go into more detail how a hijacker such as “Virus” could enter your Android smartphone or tablet, we must first briefly describe this software category and what its representatives typically do.

A browser hijacker like “Virus” is basically any piece of software that is able to get attached to any of your browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc.) and cause certain alterations to their settings (for example, a replaced homepage and new-tab page) as well as triggering unwanted redirects to promoted pages and displaying advertising materials regardless of the site that is currently being visited. As you can see, browser hijackers can be quite irritating and obstructive which is one of the two main reasons why most people deem them unwanted. The other reason for that is the potential issues that might arise from having a hijacker on your device. A common example is when the user gets displayed fake or misleading web-ads that might actually serve as hyperlinks to potential dangerous web-addresses that cyber-criminals might be using to spread malware viruses such as Trojans and Ransomware. While most hijackers aren’t inherently harmful, they could still jeopardize the general safety of the device they are on through their intrusive and oftentimes aggressive advertising campaigns. Because of that, we highly advise our readers to eliminate if it has managed to get installed on their smartphone or tablet. A guide will be presented to you down below on this page with detailed instructions on exactly how to remove the pesky hijacker app so that it can’t mess with your browser any longer.

Avoiding Android hijackers in future

Hijacker software for PC has many different ways of getting inside the user’s machines. However, when it comes to Android devices, there’s one main technique used for the distribution of this kind of software and that technique typically is adding the hijacker to another application that doesn’t initially seem unwanted. In many cases, the hijacker-carrying apps are actually legitimate and sometimes even rather useful. However, since the unwanted page-redirecting and ad-generating element has been added to them as a built-in component, the only way to eliminate the hijacker would usually be to uninstall the whole app. As far as avoiding browser hijackers in future is concerned, we recommend you always use only reliable download sources and also it’s advisable that you always look up the new applications that you are willing to install to see if any other users have noticed anything potentially unwanted within the said app. Removal

Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker – you might want to see if you’re not infected with it as well.

You can find the removal guide here.

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.


  • I have com with a McAfee Site Advisor Warning: Dangerous Site notice with a Keep me Safe or Visit anyway tabs showing up every time I open up google chrome. I have a Samsung Galaxy 4 (yeah, I know it’s old) – have followed your directions except I don’t have a clear data option in Chrome Applications Manager. I did go through Chrome settings and cleared data from there. I have rebooted the phone. I have tried this twice and still no luck. Are there any other tricks to get this ann

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