It can be really unpleasant if every time you connect to the Internet on your Android device random ads and banners start popping-up on your display. However, this is a rather common issue and it is not caused by some nasty and harmful viruses like Ransomware or Trojans but it is usually the result of the presence of a browser hijacker on your smartphone or tablet. Browser hijackers are a very frequently encountered form of unwanted software. They are typically created to generate revenue through their ads which is why they tend to be so irritating. Oftentimes, such apps also tend to make certain changes to the browsers such as Chrome and Firefox – they might replace the starting page or the search engine tool of the browser and might also trigger redirects to different pages so as to increase their view count. Of course, this is something that most users would not like to happen to their Android devices which is why hijackers are normally regarded as undesirable pieces of software. In some cases, such software components might offer some functionality but in the majority of instances, even if there’s some use to be had from a hijacker, it will likely not be enough to make up for its unpleasant traits.
Currently, one of the most widespread and annoying forms of hijacker software is the so-called Videojosmooth.com. “Virus” Many have already reported it as a potentially unwanted piece of software and here we will tell you how you can easily take care of it. Removing a hijacker like that from an Android smartphone or tablet is not difficult but you need to know where to look for it in the device’s system. In most cases, hijackers like this one get distributed via other applications where they have been added as built-in components. This is important as it means that if you want to avoid future encounters with hijackers, you’d need to be more careful with the download sources that you use. Make sure that you only download stuff from reliable application distributors such as the Google Play Store while avoiding anything that doesn’t seem trustworthy. Although browser hijackers are typically not dangerous since they aren’t viruses like Trojan Horses and Ransomware, they are still undesirable and their advertising materials might not always be safe which is why it’s better if you keep such apps away from your device.
Videojosmooth.com “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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