Who has been browsing on an Android smartphone but suddenly annoying advertisements appear? Events like this are certainly frustrating because it makes browsing or other activities on the smartphone uncomfortable.
In addition to making it uncomfortable, the pop-up ads that often appear suddenly also indicate your smartphone are attacked by malware. The characteristics of smartphones affected by malware include pop-up advertisements, Google Chrome’s front page that changes frequently, unwanted Google Chrome extensions reappear, and warnings about viruses.
Then, how do you get rid of ads on Android smartphones and the malware that causes them? Let’s continue to see three ways to eliminate ads on Android smartphones without the root process as summarized from various sources.
If you often use the Google Chrome browser for browsing, you can use this method to eliminate annoying advertisements. First, open the Google Chrome application and click the three vertical dots on the top right then select the Settings menu.
Scroll down to the Site Settings option and click the Pop-ups and redirects option. Click the toggle until it turns gray and blocks pop-up ads.
You can also block ads on certain sites by clicking on the Ads option under the Pop-ups and redirects option. Then click the toggle to gray and the ad is blocked.
In addition, you can also eliminate unwanted notifications from certain sites. Still in the Site Settings menu, look for the Notifications option. Then click the toggle until it is grayed out and there is a Blocked description.
If your Android smartphone uses a browser other than Google Chrome, there is also a separate way to remove advertisements in the browser by using a third-party application.
You just need to download the Adguard Content Blocker application on the Google Play Store or directly from the Adguard website. This application can be downloaded for free, but the free version is only limited to eliminate ads in the browser. While the paid version can eliminate ads in other applications.
This application can also remove ads without root because AdGuard can work in VPN mode.
In addition to the two ways above, you can also eliminate ads that appear suddenly on an Android smartphone because of malicious applications and malware. Apart from removing advertisements, this method can also make your device safer.
The first step is to delete the problematic application. Press the power button and hold the Power Off option on the screen to restart your smartphone in safe mode. Then delete the applications you just downloaded one by one.
Every time you delete an application, restart your device, as usual, to see if the newly deleted application resolves the problem. After finding and removing the problematic application, you can download the other application that has been deleted again.
After that, you can protect your smartphone from malicious applications by activating the Play Protect feature. The trick is to open the Google Play Store app then click on the menu at the top left.
Then scroll to the Play Protect menu, and click the gear icon on the top right side. After that click the ‘Scan for security threats’ toggle’ until green to activate Play Protect.
Malware on mobile devices is not trivial because it could be a way for ‘criminals’ to enter and disarm your cellphone. If you are suspicious of a cell phone getting hacked, it could be that it is feared to be true, especially if there are the following signs.
There are many possibilities when cell phone batteries are rapidly decreasing. Either because the cellphone is indeed in trouble or it could be that your smartphone is being bugged.
If you feel that your cell phone is fine but are experiencing the problem, there is also the possibility of malware or spy applications that can scan the cell phone and send the data there to the desired server.
Suddenly the screen lags or the application crashes suddenly. This can be due to malware that is burdening mobile resources or colliding with other applications.
You may also experience applications that continue to run even after closing them. Another sign is that the phone restarts repeatedly.
Another sign of cellphones being tapped or hacked is unusually high data bills at the end of the month. This can come from malware or spy applications that are running and sending information back to the server.
When you feel that there are messages or calls that you don’t know about, you should be on your guard. It could be that this is malware that is trying to be done on a cell phone to contact the number. Check the cost of calls or any costs that are in the cell phone. Do not forget to check also the existing e-wallet whether there is a reduction or not.
Indeed, not all pop-ups indicate your cell phone was hacked. But the pop-up that appears continuously turns out to be one indication of a cellphone infected with adware, a form of malware that forces the device to open certain pages that lead to revenue through clicks for advertisements.
If a hacker makes it into the smartphone, they will also be able to access the account that is integrated into it. From social media to email or other applications.
This can be revealed in activities on the account, such as password resets suddenly happening, sending e-mails, marking unread e-mails that you have never read, or registering for new accounts whose verification e-mails enter your inbox.
Well, are your cellphones experiencing signs like that?