Browser hijackers have become among the most annoying programs that you are likely to be infected by. The reason for this is that they normally get installed on the user’s device without them necessarily giving their consent or even knowing about it. And on top of that they take charge of the Chrome, Firefox or other browser, by changing its homepage, setting a new default search engine and also redirecting your searches to various sponsored pages. And now these irritating programs in the face of VinaAds and others like it have even started plaguing android devices. Luckily we can help you remove VinaAds from your smartphone or tablet with the help of the below removal guide.
But what it is a browser hijacker really?
Software of this type is developed with the aim of generating income for its developers by means of displaying paid ads on users’ screens. And since nobody ever recalls installing the software in question, in addition to the intrusive behavior, hijackers like VinaAds are often mistakenly called viruses. Fortunately for everyone, a browser hijacker cannot harm you or your portable device. But it can potentially make it more vulnerable to infections with real viruses, like ransomware, spyware, etc. And that alone is already a good enough reason to have VinaAds removed.
You might be eager to know how VinaAds ended up on your tablet or phone in the first place. Well, the process is slightly different from that on desktop computers and allows less room for users to maneuver past hijackers. The thing is that this annoying software was most likely integrated in another app that you downloaded around the time the annoying symptoms started manifesting. This could have been a game or some other free app. And unlike with their desktop counterparts, you weren’t given the option to opt out of the added ad-generating component.
You can, however, prevent hijackers like VinaAds from entering your android device from now on. All you need to do is be more selective with the content you download onto it. Be sure to only use the Google Play store and not third-party websites to get your apps. And it will also certainly be very helpful if you researched the app you’re about to download beforehand. Check for reviews left by other users and this way you will have a better chance of knowing whether a certain program has a hijacker integrated in it.
VinaAds “Virus” Pop-up 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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