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removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Malware – a browser hijacker that targets smartphones and tablets with Android operating system

Example of ads virus is a mobile browser hijacker that targets Android OS users. This variant of Android virus is capable of hijacking Chrome and Firefox web browsers. It might not only replace browser’s homepage and default search engine but might display ads and redirect to promotional websites as well.

Usually, hijack occurs when users download corrupted apps, use unknown third-party app stores or download illegal content. After the infiltration, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) might alter browser’s settings and take control over it, meaning that it might:

  • change default homepage;
  • replace current search provider;
  • prevent from reverting above-mentioned modifications;
  • display annoying and aggressive third-party ads;
  • redirect to promotional websites. redirect issue is a bothersome feature that prevents from normal browsing. However, this activity might be dangerous as well. Some of these redirects might force you to visit phishing or infected websites. Therefore, you can easily get tricked into installing banking trojan or ransomware.

As you can see is not a malicious program or a virus that can damage the system. However, the appearance of the potentially unwanted application definitely increases your chances of encountering serious cyber threats that are currently lurking on the web.

Additionally, Android virus might also be capable of collecting information about users. Hijackers are often interested in browsing-related information, such as recently visited websites, search queries, clicked ads, etc. These details allow creating personalized advertisements that you might be willing to click.

Clicks matter to developers because they bring revenue. However, if you do not want to click on a malicious ad, you should remove as soon as possible. We have no doubts that you are not enjoying interruptions when browsing the web as well. Thus, possible dangers should motivate you to get rid of this cyber threat.

Usually, it’s enough to delete cache and browsing history of the affected web browser. However, if ads come back, you should opt for automatic removal and uninstall PUP using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another mobile security software.

Illustration of virus
Redirects to warn about the infiltration of the browser hijacker.

Distribution of the mobile virus

Android malware mostly spread via third-party download sites. Thus, users are advised not to use unauthorized download sources.[1] However, malicious or potentially unwanted applications might end up on the official Google Play Store[2] as well.

For this reason, mobile security experts team from[3] recommend paying attention to these details before downloading the app:

  • check information about the developers;
  • read reviews outside app store;
  • read app permissions and do not install apps that seems to require too much;
  • read EULA or/and Privacy Policy. If these documents are not provided, you should not trust the app.

Removal of the redirect virus

In order to remove virus, you have to uninstall a malicious app and its related components, as well as clearing data and cache of the affected browsers. Nevertheless, you can try to locate and delete hijacker-related entries manually; it’s recommended to rely on the mobile security program.

Browser hijacker might be hard to detect. If you leave some of its components, it might re-appear on the browser. Thus, all your attempts will be vanished into oblivion. Thus, it’s better to opt for automatic removal with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another anti-malware.

If you cannot install or run security software, you should reboot Android device to Safe Mode. However, if this method does not help or the virus prevents this activity, you will need to perform a factory reset.

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