If you are currently struggling with irritating and frequent redirects to unknown sites and pages, if you are experiencing exposure to random and obstructive pop-ups, banners and blinking boxes that get shown on the screen of your Android device and if your device’s browser has recently had its starting page, new-tab page and search engine replaced without your permission, then you probably have a browser hijacker such as Y631fx43cl “Virus” on your smartphone or tablet. Browser hijackers are software components notorious for their ability and tendency to obstruct users with their aggressive advertising campaigns and with their ability to alter the appearance and tinker with the settings of the user’s browser regardless of what that browser is (Chrome, Opera, Firefox, the default browsing app of the device or any other). In case you are currently forced to deal with such intrusiveness, know that you don’t necessarily need to be putting up with the presence of the hijacker on your device. Here, we can offer you our help with the removal of this pesky software element. Our guide below contains all the instructions you might need for the detection and the removal of the unwanted Y631fx43cl from your Android smartphone or tablet. Although Y631fx43cl isn’t a real virus and can’t really cause any serious harm, it should still be treated as a potential security threat because its constant display of ads and redirects to random unknown pages could potentially make your system vulnerable to some very nasty and insidious viruses. We are talking about threats the likes of Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, Rootkits and so on. That is the reason why it’s essential that you are really careful not to tap on any of the ads, banners and page redirects coming from the hijacker and why it is best if you simply eliminate the undesirable hijacker ASAP.
Keeping your Android device clean
In order to ensure that no more unwanted software like Y631fx43cl is able to infiltrate your smartphone or tablet, you need to be very considerate with regards to the download sources that you use and the new software that you install on your device. The reason for that is because unwanted software like browser hijackers tend to come as components added to other (usually low-quality) applications. Only rely on safe and popular download sources and even then you are still advised to first look up the new apps that you want to install in your system. Figure out what other users have to say about a certain application and only then decide if it is something that can be trusted and respectively installed on your device.
Y631fx43cl “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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