Android Hompepage Hijack

Discussion in 'Smart Phones and Devices' started by narsbars, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. narsbars

    narsbars [H]ard|Gawd

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    I keep getting an Android homepage hijack using Chrome. "You won an iPhone" etc. I can get out of it but can't make it go away permanently. I don't want to factory wipe and can't seem to find anything that works. Trend Micro, Avast, and many more.
    Galaxy 6, latest update, stock.
    I have erased history to the beginning of time leaving only passwords but the hijack only goes away for a while and then haunts me again.
    Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. Vermillion

    Vermillion 2[H]4U

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    Is your homepage simply set to that website?

    Open Chrome -> Settings -> Homepage
     
  3. narsbars

    narsbars [H]ard|Gawd

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    No. I did check. It was on Bing. I set the browser to no homepage and so far so good but it is a serious pain and worrying.
     
  4. Vermillion

    Vermillion 2[H]4U

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    What were the last few apps you installed?
     
  5. narsbars

    narsbars [H]ard|Gawd

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    Not many and all removed. Real vanilla from the app store.
    I don't do much with the phone except browse and email.
    Boring, I know.
     
  6. Supersnake

    Supersnake Gawd

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    There is an Android Forum thread entitled Android Chrome Redirection Virus/Malware/Adware that is rich with suggestions, ranging from the simple to complex. It's worth a read especially since there are members claiming their particular method worked for them.
    As an example, here is one of the more simple ones courtesy of someone named Priyank Gupta.
    1. open chrome
    2. go to settings
    3. go to site settings
    4. storage
    5. and look for googleads.g.doubleclick.net and any other site storage that looks malicious and remove them
     
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  7. bastage

    bastage Pics of your wife?

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    Settings / applications / chrome / storage / clear data
     
  8. narsbars

    narsbars [H]ard|Gawd

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    I will check this out and report back tomorrow. Thanks.
     
  9. duronboy

    duronboy [H]Lite

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    I have to wipe every few months, regardless of phone, just to maintain performance. If I had homepage hijacking, you bet your ass I'd do a factory wipe immediately, if not reflash the ROM entirely, if possible.
     
  10. Ultima99

    Ultima99 [H]ardness Supreme

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    This. I'd have Odin fired up and have that sucked flashed immediately.

    OP said he doesn't do much on the phone so it shouldn't be too big of a deal.
     
  11. narsbars

    narsbars [H]ard|Gawd

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    Ancient post. Resolution was simply not to have a homepage.