1. 4886's Avatar
    Visited some dating site
    Now keeps hijacking browser to tell me I've got a virus
    Tried clearing data cache and using another browser doesn't make a difference


    Factory reset only option?
    Attached Thumbnails Browser hijack-screenshot_20170320-153118.jpg   Browser hijack-screenshot_20170320-153113.jpg  
    03-20-2017 10:46 AM
  2. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Welcome to AC forums

    I usually just close it out when I get those. If you can't try malware bytes for android
    03-20-2017 02:46 PM
  3. jasonandrews25788's Avatar
    also check all installed packages one by one.
    03-20-2017 04:44 PM
  4. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    also check all installed packages one by one.
    Some packages have name "null" "."

    I use Ghostery which is good blocking from adware servers. Also picked up a router with built-in firewall options, incl. adware.

    Some AV programs are worthless, not all, most do take a performance hit.

    Wish I could just turn off JavaScript. You could in one of your browsers. Though sites may not function. And open a tab for private anonymous surfing.

    Most such warnings are fake. But very nasty adware. Again, Malwarebytes and boot in safe mode. MB site and forum to get more insight.

    One reason to be current on security updates, one of Android's failings.

    Use a cheap 2nd phone if you want to surf questionable sites.

    There is some nasty malware hitting Android and routers. https://www.theregister.co.uk/AMP/20...pes_of_router/
    03-20-2017 05:06 PM
  5. Tim1954's Avatar
    Try an ad blockers. Adguard works for me..
    03-20-2017 06:07 PM
  6. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    This is why I like Ghostery, built with adblockers. And FAST! Malware is specifically targeting Chrome, too.

    Example of ads blocked, can see what new ones are not (yet) and manually add.

    03-20-2017 07:14 PM
  7. 4886's Avatar
    I had to do reset as wouldn't go away
    But then I was looking on a site aboutnormal tv shows and happened again
    I have ad block but shouldn't these anti virus with web shield pick this up? Eset didn't
    03-21-2017 06:15 AM
  8. blueangel63's Avatar
    I have had the same pop up on my ZTE Blade V7 Lite several times before. The difference this time is that I couldn't remove the message as there was no x to press. It was trying to force me to follow the link (which I didn't). I ended up just turning the phone off and it cleared but I wanted to know how to stop this message hijacking my phone.
    12-20-2017 04:38 AM
  9. Kevin82485's Avatar
    I was able to fix this on my Pixel 2 by going to Settings > Google Services & Preferences > Ads > Turned on opt out of ads personalization, and I also reset my advertising ID for good measure. Was happening in both Firefox and Chrome. I could not figure out how to stop this. I downloaded Malwarebytes and other anti-virus apps, reset app cache on both Firefox and Chrome, uninstalled apps that I thought might be the culprit, and even factory reset my phone, but it kept happening. Finally I came across this forum post over at Google's Help Forum: https://productforums.google.com/for...me/cCJTpaM-AhI

    Basically scam advertisers are hijacking legit ads. Quoting from the post: "This is caused by a fraudulent google adwords advertiser using remarketing to follow us around sites that display adsense ads. They are using some kind of manipulative ad (which auto redirects to these sites without even clicking it). They appear to be cloaking the final url so Google don't notice"

    Mind you this post is two years old and this crap is still happening, but after doing what I described above, so far I have not had any issues. I suggest reading AS797's other comments to get further understanding.
    Chinookman likes this.
    03-19-2018 08:39 PM
  10. Chinookman's Avatar
    Thanks for the detailed info. Helped me clear up wife's fear mongering ads. Also installed brave browser which also helped.
    have a good one!
    03-28-2018 10:09 AM

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