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6 Ways To Fix Mobile Redirects on Your Android Phone Browsers

We are all aware of how annoying and frustrating mobile redirects can get. They drive us almost crazy. Imagine a scenario where you open a web page on the Internet looking for your desired content and then out of no-where, corny advertisements suddenly come on your screen and click on themselves and load. Then you find yourself being transported to an unknown and unwanted site as traffic.

These redirects are forced on website visitors. The codes for these redirects are usually placed in an inline frame in the web page’s code and then click on themselves thereby triggering a redirect.

Sometimes, these redirects not only take you to an undesired web page, but they also load up and then begin the installation of malware on your mobile phone! Many times, this malware are installed without you being aware. It is until later when the malware has started causing problems before you realize that there is a virus lurking in your mobile phone.

So, how do you fix this problem of redirects on your mobile? What is the way forward? If you are looking for ways to fix this stubborn problem, then we have a few solutions that you should try.  But first, let us look at the main reasons redirects are created in the first place. Redirects are usually for the purpose of URL shortening, to prevent broken links, for advertising purposes, and to target specific devices.

Redirects are not dangerous per se. But they could frustrate an internet user. Also, online scammers use redirects to pass malware around. It is better to fix the redirect problem before an internet user’s device gets infected. If your device gets infected with dangerous software, then it might be very hard to get rid of it. So, below are our solutions for you to use to nip the redirect problem in the bud.

1. If you are using Chrome, you can use Adblock Plus from Google Play.

You can go to AdBlock plus to install the Adblock Plus application on your mobile. Google has an AdBlock application as well, but it is only available for desktop computers. But Adblock Plus is a very good option.

You can install the desktop version or the mobile Android version. This app will allow you to enjoy ad-free browsing, help you keep your data and android mobile secure, will allow only acceptable ads to display on your screen because not all Ads are bad. This Adblock Plus extension is free to use and allows you some control over your web/internet experience.

2. Use Cleaning software to clear all unnecessary junks and data from your phone.

You can download CleanMaster or any other cleaning app from Play Store. These cleaning applications will help you to clear cache in your browser, and remove unnecessary data from your browser.

3. Download AdLock

You can visit adlock.com to see the link to install AdLock for Android on their web page. If you use an Android device and you are desperate for solutions to your Ad problems, redirect problems, etc., AdLock might be able to help you.

Although this extension is not completely free, it is free for the first 14 days of trial. After you have installed the app from their website, launch it. Tap the Menu tab on the top right corner of your mobile screen and click “check updates”. Now, click on “Update All”. Next thing is to switch to the AdLocker tab and then you enable the HTTPS filtering feature. Enabling this filtering is key to stopping the redirects on your mobile.

4. Copy and paste this text,

chrome://flags/#enable-framebusting-needs-sameorigin-or-usergesture

-into your browser’s address bar for Chrome, then press “Enter”.

After pressing “Enter”, you will see a drop-down menu, click it and select the “Enabled” option. By enabling this, you have prohibited IFrames from taking you outside a webpage without your consent. This works only on Chrome. Just paste the code in the address bar and “go”. Then select the drop-down and click “Enabled”. It should fix the redirect problem.

5. Scan your phone for virus and malware.

You can do this by installing antivirus software on your mobile. Good ones include: Avast Mobile Security, Norton Mobile Security, etc. These two will scan your mobile device for any malware that may have been secretly installed from redirects. It will also block malware requests, install attempts, and protect your mobile device.

6. Turn on the built-in Safe Browsing mode for Firefox in Android

Firefox for Mobile has the Safe Browsing feature that you can turn on to protect you from redirects as well. Although this Safe mode does not 100% protect your mobile from redirects and it could be unreliable. But turning it on is still somewhat helpful when you’re using your Firefox browser.

So, these 6 methods we recommended above should eliminate your redirect problem. They might not be 100% effective because Google does not like users turning off As, but they should reduce the number of redirects and malware overall.

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