If you have an Android device, chances are you have been a victim of these annoying pop-up ads before. You’ve just been innocently scrolling your phone, perhaps to buy something, when suddenly your entire screen is taken up by a random ad. And when you try to close it, you accidentally click on the ad, which takes you to an entirely different page. It’s annoying, it wastes your time and in some cases it can be potentially dangerous for your device and private data.
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What are pop-up ads and why am I getting them?
Pop-up ads are common on desktops, laptops, and Android devices (not typical for iOS mobile devices) and do not always lead to anything malicious. Many companies use them to drive sales of their products.
However, if you find that you keep getting ads or random redirects to other questionable websites without your consent, it is likely that some kind of malware has been installed or your browser configuration has been changed without your knowledge. The good news is that there is a way to prevent this, and the steps are pretty simple.
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How to stop pop-up ads on your Android browser
If you’re just casually browsing your Android device and an ad pops up, you can easily prevent it by adjusting a few settings in your web browser:
- Open Chrome or any other browser you use on your Android
- Tap on the three dots in the top right corner and select settings
- Select Settings from the menu page settings
- Select Site Settings from the menu Pop-ups and Redirects and turn off the feature
- If you also have promotional alerts for specific products on your phone, turn them off by returning to the Site Settings page and selecting notifications.
There are cases when a pop-up ad appears on your Android and you accidentally click on it. If your phone starts opening a lot of tabs after that, there is a good chance that your device has been infected with adware. But no worry. This problem can still be fixed.
How to remove a pop-up virus on your Android
Please note that the settings may vary depending on the manufacturer of your Android phone.
- Press and hold your Android’s power button until you see option two turn it off appears
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- Hold down the Power Off button until the Reboot to security mode option appears. Press OK
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- After your device restarts, go to your Settings app and select Apps & Notifications
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- Choose Show all applications to find the infected app(s).
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- Uninstall the infected app(s) or disable permissions for the infected apps (notifications, tracking, etc.)
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- Select Settings from the menu play shooters and turn on Scan apps with Play Protect.
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Protect your devices 24/7
Although the above steps are helpful, you should still consider an antivirus. Having an antivirus on your Android gives you real-time protection and prevents you from clicking on a malicious link that can lead to installing malware on your devices.
See my expert rating of the best antivirus protection for your Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices by searching “Best Antivirus” on CyberGuy.com by clicking the magnifying glass icon at the top of my site.
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