How to Remove Android Pop-up Virus

Computers such as PCs and Macs are not the only systems that are being targeted by the so-called “Pop-up virus,” or, in technical terms, adware. The Android system on mobile devices is also suffering from this pop-up virus, and most users are annoyed with this aggressive type of advertisement.

It is obvious that the purpose of showing pop-ups on Android devices is simply for promotions and marketing. On some occasions, it was also utilized for traffic referral to drive Android users into visiting predefined websites. The purpose may be reasonable, but the results are unfair to Android users, as these pop-ups are too annoying and cause total distraction while online browsing.

How does a pop-up virus infect Android devices?

There are a couple of reasons why Android devices are being hit by the pop-up virus, and just like the usual cause, Android users may have been careless when browsing the internet or unwise when downloading apps.

Adware Installation – Some cases of pop-up viruses on Android devices are caused by the installation of adware that is bundled with maliciously modified APK files. Attackers intentionally alter the base code of the legitimate APK file and integrate the adware script so that it pops up a predefined advertisements once the user is online.

Allowed Push Notification – So far, most Android users who are experiencing the pop-up have accidentally permitted the push notification that prompts when paying a visit to certain websites. This push notification feature of browser programs was meant to deliver alerts and updates to users. However, adware makers and intrusive websites are taking advantage of this push notification feature to send repetitive ads in the browser.

Types of Android Pop-up Virus

So far, we have only recorded two kinds of pop-ups that frequently appear on Android devices. Both were found to be unfair online marketing strategies that digital hoodlums are employing to aggressively promote a product or drive traffic to a client’s web site.

Fake Virus or Security Warning Pop-up

This kind of pop-up normally exhibits an alert or notification that an Android device is under virus attack or that an update is required to thwart a certain infection. The purpose of this fake virus pop-up on Android devices is to persuade users into purchasing a promoted application. Normally, bogus security application makers are the ones that are perpetuating this kind of aggressive pop-up on Android devices.

Fake Virus Pop-up on Android

The Pop-up Notifications

The setup with this simple notification pop-up is very similar to what PC and Mac users are receiving whenever they visit sites that are involved in software or media piracy. It aims to trick Android users into allowing the pop-up notification from the culprit website by displaying the following messages:

  • (website) wants to send you notifications.
  • Press “Allow” to watch the video.
  • Press “Skip” to close the ads.
  • Press “Allow” to close this window.

The stated pop-up messages are just click-baits that will result in a single action when clicked, which is to permit the display of push notifications from the requester’s website.

Android Pop-up Notifications

Pop-up Virus Prevention

It is stated that aggressive pop-ups showing up on Android devices were set off by visiting malicious websites or downloading APK from questionable sources. Therefore, simply ceasing these risky actions will prevent the pop-up virus infection on Android mobile devices as well as the Chrome browser. In addition, properly configuring the browser program settings on how to handle these pop-ups may also help. Hence, it is not a 100 percent assurance. Even third-party pop-up blockers for Chrome or any browser do not have a full guarantee of stopping unwanted pop-ups on Android devices.

Automatic Removal of Pop-up Viruses from Android Devices

This guide to eliminating pop-up viruses from Android devices requires the downloading and installation of Anti-malware tool. Scanning the device with this security application will not only remove the pop-up but also delete any harmful items and viruses on the Android system, Chrome, or any internet apps.

1. Go to Google Play Store and download Malwarebytes.

2. Install the program and tap the Open button when done.

Scan Android with Malwarebytes

3. Proceed with the initialization and allow the program to access Storage and Files if prompted.

4. On scan console, please tap Scan Now to start checking Android device for adware, malware, or viruses. This will also check Chrome and other internet programs.

Scanning Android with MBAM

5. Thoroughly scanning the Android device will take a while, please wait for the process to finish.

6. After the scan, Malwarebytes will display the result. Please Remove/Quarantine all identified threats and restart the Android device to finalized the removal of pop-up virus.

Stop Android Pop-up Virus via Chrome Settings

1. Open Chrome and tap on ellipses icon (3 dots) on top right section of the window.

2. Select Settings from the drop-down list.

Chrome Settings - Site Settings

3. Once you are on Settings page, tap on Site Settings.

4. Next, tap Notifications.

Chrome Settings - Notification

5. The Notification window will reveal the list of Blocked and Allowed sites on Chrome. If the URL of the pop-up virus is listed here, please tap on it.

6. Next, proceed to Permissions area and tap the Notifications (currently set to Allow).

7. Change the permission via slider (Allow to Block) to stop the pop-ups from the unwanted website.

8. You may now restart Chrome browser on your Android unit.

Block Pop-ups via App Settings

Procedures in this section will allow you to block pop-ups and notifications that are produced by certain Android programs, like Chrome, or any internet software and apps. If the pop-up is not originating from the Chrome browser for Android, just choose the offending app (step 3) from the list and disable the pop-up by executing the given instructions.

1. Go to device Settings.

2. Then choose Apps to see all default apps and permission manager.

Android Apps Settings

3. Select Chrome app from the list.

4. Under the Apps Settings section, tap on Notifications.

Android App Notification Settings

5. On App Notifications window, navigate to lower section until you see Sites that were allowed to display notifications.

6. Look for the offending website’s URL and use the slider to disable the notification, which causes the pop-ups on your Android device.

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