The guide aims to help users remove the Tubemate Virus from Android devices. Tubemate is by no means a virus or a potentially unwanted application, however is downloaded by third parties, it is commonly injected with additional content – like the pop up messages you are likely receiving if you are on this page. For this reason we created the guide below, so we can assist you in the removal of this threat.
Something that annoys a lot of Android users is when their smartphone or tablet starts to get spammed with various intrusive pop-ups that cover a big part of the display making it difficult to use the device without accidentally tapping on them. Another common complaint is that the Chrome or Firefox browser of the device gets frequently redirected to random websites that the user did not open on their own. In addition, the homepage and default search engine of the browser are often changed. All of those are symptoms of potentially unwanted software known as a Browser Hijacker. Recently, a new Hijacker seems to have been released and a lot of users have already gotten it on their smartphone or tablet. The name of the undesirable software is Tubemate “Virus” and if you too have had it installed onto your device, know that we can help you uninstall it and fully remove it.
Are Hijackers dangerous?
The primary purpose of applications such as Tubemate “Virus” is to gain income through aggressive advertising (hence the pop-ups and redirects). While this does not automatically make them malicious or harmful, it should be said that such an unauthorized invasion in your device’s system can indeed be regarded as a potential security risk. The intrusive banners that get displayed on your screen might be coming from some shady and unreliable advertising network and could potentially link you to all sorts of sketchy websites with sketchy contents should you tap on them. The same applies to the page redirects that some Hijackers are known to trigger. Therefore, even though Tubemate “Virus” isn’t some sort of malicious and noxious virus the likes of Ransomware or Trojan horses, it is still probably a good idea to see to its removal as soon as possible or else, your device might get exposed to all sorts of hazards.
How do Hijackers get installed?
The most common method used for spreading and installing Hijackers like Tubemate “Virus” onto user’s Android smartphones and tablets is by adding the unwanted software to some free app. Once the user installs that app, its Hijacker part would be able to start spamming the device with its nagging banners and browser redirects. The best way to prevent this from happening to you is to be very careful with what applications you install on your device. It is advisable that you only use the Google Play Store when downloading new apps and even then, it is still a good idea to look up the app and see what the results have to show. Note that some Hijacker developers have found ways to get their applications within the Store and even manipulate the rating and reviews so that users would be tricked into downloading the app.
Tubemate “Virus” 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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