There are a lot of users of Android devices that are struggling with a very common software issue – the presence of a browser hijacker in their smartphones, tablets and other Android devices. A browser hijacker is a software element that is usually a part of some other app which carries it and is basically what gets the hijacker distributed among users.
Browser hijackers are widely regarded as unwanted and it is easy to see why – they tend to flood the device’s screen with different pop-up ads, random flashy banners and even redirect popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox to obscure promotional pages. It’s also possible that the homepage address of the browser as well as its default search engine tool gets modified in some way by the hijacker. All of this, of course, is done in order to generate marketing profits for the creators of the browser hijacker.
Naturally, pretty much every users who comes to face such advertising irritation on their Android devices wants to have the pesky software taken away. However, not all users know where to look for the hijacker that is irritating them with its advertisements. Here, however, we can help those of you in need of assistance with the removal of a very popular and widespread browser hijacker that goes under the name of Searchingdog.com “Malware”. We assume that the majority of people who have arrived at this page are here precisely because the Searchingdog.com “Malware” hijacker has somehow snuck inside their devices and is currently causing irritation and frustration. The good news is that if you follow the removal guide below you will be able to easily and quickly make the hijacker go away and restore your device to the way it was before the nagging software got installed on it.
Avoiding undesirable ad-generating software
It is important to keep your device clean from undesirable software the likes of Searchingdog.com “Malware”. Though this isn’t a virus and can’t mess with your device and files like a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse could, it’s not the most reliable form of software and due to its uncontrolled ads-generation could indeed potentially expose your device to a variety of hazards. With that in mind, be sure to keep away from software sources that are not reliable. Only use download platforms for new applications that you are sure you can trust and even then it might still be a good idea to research each app before actually downloading and installing it.
Searchingdog.com Android “Malware” 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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