A rising problem with Android devices is the fact that a lot of apps that users download for their Android smartphones or tablets actually have added built-in components that can be rather annoying and, at times, even frustrating. We are referring to apps that have some form of adware or browser hijacker element added to them. In the present article, we will focus on a piece of software called Special Offers Online “Virus” – it is an ad-generating and browser-hijacking software component that could impose changes on your device’s browser (be that browser Chrome, Firefox, your default browsing app or some other one) such as a replaced starting page, new-tab page or a changed search engine. Also, random page-redirects and ads-generation could also get triggered due to the activity of Special Offers Online “Virus” on your device and usually the only way to stop all this is to remove the app that’s causing it. Now, if you currently have this hijacker on your device, know that you mustn’t worry since it isn’t an actual virus. Most browser hijackers are legitimate software components and even though they could be really annoying, they typically lack the malicious and destructive abilities that real viruses like Ransomware and Trojans possess. That said, it’s still preferable if you remove Special Offers Online from your device in case it has gotten installed on it. After all, you probably don’t like getting constantly nagged by random banners appearing on your screen and getting frequently redirected to online pages you don’t actually want to go to.
Be safe and avoid hijackers in future
A very important piece of advice on the topic of Android hijacker apps is to avoid interacting with the promotional contents that they try to put on your display. Though most of them should be safe, you never know when an ad might land you on some shady and obscure site that could be illegal and maybe even used for distribution of malware viruses such as Worms, Trojans, Ransomware, etc.
As far as avoiding the future installation of more hijackers like Special Offers Online on your device, you really need to be considerate regarding the download sources you normally use. Generally, its best if you only use the Play Store and even then it’s still a good idea to make a quick research on any new apps you are about to download. Now, if you want to learn how to remove the pesky hijacker, take a look at the following uninstallation and removal guide.
Special Offers Online “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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