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Help Android Chrome Redirection Virus/Malware/Adware


Nov 1, 2014

I had an issue crop up where whenever I would try to access a link or do a search in Google Chrome on my Samsung Galaxy S4 on Android, I would get redirected to a Malware/Adware type site.

Always starting with slimspot dot com, then redirecting to a pop up saying I've won an award or I have a dangerous virus that needs removing etc.

Anyway, there would be no way to go back and access the original site I was looking at or be able to use Chrome to search for anything because I'd constantly get redirected to this Malware and the only option was to close down Chrome and try again only to get same thing happen again etc etc basically rendering Chrome unusable.

I tried clearing cache/data in Chrome, restoring Chrome to factory default version etc. No luck...

Searched google relentlessly for a fix to no avail.

Tried every legitimate anti virus, anti malware/anti spyware program around, none could detect a problem.

Tried Firefox and that worked fine so I knew it was a problem with the Chrome browser specifically.

So then I figured it out and thought I would post solution on here for other poor suckers who go through the same thing and can't find a fix.

I almost couldn't be bothered but I want to try to be helpful :)

Anyway, connected phone to computer, went to Android folder, then data, searched for Chrome. One folder came up, I shift deleted it.

Voila. Simple as that, problem solved.

Hope this helps someone.
Hi there, sorry that's the only solution I could come up with. Did you delete a file or the entire Chrome folder? I actually had a slimspot pop up today too! But it opened in another window like a pop up rather than hijacking my entire browser, but still gave me the creeps because I hadn't seen it at all since I deleted the chrome folder. Must have picked it up again from somewhere. It was after I accessed a link from Gmail actually so maybe the issue is with Gmail. Maybe try deleting the Gmail folder as well? Doubt you'll lose your emails because they will probably be on the server. Also, I restored the app to factory version and cleared all the data before permanently deleting the folder. Maybe do that for both Chrome and Gmail. Let me know if it works!
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Ok, it came back yesterday. Noticed it only does it if i click a link through from facebook. For example i like a site called watchtime, website about watches. If i click on the news feed in facebook, when i go to the site in chrome it happens. But, if i try to read the same article by just going to the website, it doesn't happen??
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Yes, I noticed it through Facebook as well but nothing since then thankfully. The last few times it didn't hijack my browser anyway, just opened a pop up in a new window. I can deal with that! As long as I can use Chrome. If it keeps happening, I might delete Facebook, Chrome and Gmail and then just avoid clicking links, which is ridiculous but I want to avoid getting this again until Google get their act together.
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I know. I've been getting this all the time again. It's so frustrating. Only thing that gets rid of it is disabling Java in content settings but unfortunately so many things require Java.

Agh, I'm having the same problem, but searching for Chrome doesn't find anything in Android/data/ ... so annoying!! And odd that no-one has commented on this since November ...

I also get the popup out of the blue when I'm playing words with friends standalone app, not even using the broswer.
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I too started getting the slimspot popup this week. (Coincidentally(?) with the new extended forum addresses.) It seems to get triggered when I come here to any one of my bookmarked forums from my mobile. It usually opens two or three new tabs and redirects to a game on Google Play.

Found this lengthy thread on Google Help forum, no solution yet it seems:
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I had the same problem and try everything: clean cache, data, factory reset, delete folders etc. and nothing helped. Today malwarebytes on my PC pop up with warning of trojan called DNSChanger and then I checked my router setting and my primary DNS address was changed to I changed it back to address from my provider and problem is gone. So everybody who have this problem try this solution.
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Looks like this is an ongoing Google ads problem, but it apparently only hitting people in the US, AFAICT. The working fix for the moment seems to be is block Google ads, AdSense, AdMob, DoubleClick. Getting things like fake virus warnings, dating, pr0n, redirects to the Play Store, gambling, offshore pharmacies, penis & muscle growth pills, etc.
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