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 Sa-live.com “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 Sa-live.com “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 Sa-live.com 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.
Sa-live.com “Virus” Android Removal
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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