Welcome to our Freegoodapps Android removal instructions. They should work on most Android devices.
Freegoodapps is annoying you with its ads? Here’s what you need to know.
Intrusive programs are all over the internet and also, quite often, integrated within the android device itself. If you’re currently reading this, you’re probably dealing with Freegoodapps.pw – one of the newest of browser hijacker applications that are being created for Android. In this article we will give you some valuable information and tips on both how to get the unwanted application out of your device’s system and how to prevent similar software from entering it ever again.
Freegoodapps “Virus” for Android
Firstly, let’s make it clear what Freegoodapps.pw and browser hijackers in general are. Browser hijacker (advertising-supported software) are a type of programs/browser add-ons that fall under the PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs). The reason for this is because browser hijackers are infamous for their intrusive behaviour on PC. Their main purpose is to generate different kinds of ads for your browser so that once you open it, they will start showing up left right and center. Browser hijacker-generated adverts come in all shapes and sizes – banners, pop-ups, box messages and page redirects are all on the list. This is in fact the main issue with browser hijacker-based browser add-ons – their sheer intrusiveness and rage-inducing potential. Most users refer to Freegoodapps as a “virus”. That is not correct though, Freegoodapps is not a virus per se. Many of you might have jumped to the false conclusion that your smartphone has been infected by some kind of a malicious virus once you’ve started seeing all those ads displayed on your screen. There’s a reason why browser hijackers do not fall under the virus category. Unlike viruses, browser hijackers, for the most part, are not harmful to your system. They will hardly ever attempt to do anything different from covering your screen with annoying ads and occasionally changing your browser’s front page. Still, it should be noted that there’s still some possibility that a browser hijacker ad might expose your device to potential security hazards. Even though this happens rarely, tapping on some of the intrusive ads might redirect you to an illegal and possibly harmful page. Therefore, we strongly recommend to avoid doing that. Also, if you suddenly get redirected to a shady-looking website without your permission, make sure to close its tab as quickly as possible, without interacting with it. As we said, Freegoodapps and most other browser hijacker are not dangerous, but you can never know for sure and also there’s no need for any unnecessary risks. Anyway, if you keep a mental note of those piece of advice, your smartphone should be fine. Next important thing when it comes to dealing with Freegoodapps is to have it removed from your phone. This can be a bit trickier if the browser hijacker has been pre-installed, but worry not, below this article there’s a guide that can help you get rid of the annoying application for good. However, before we get to that, take a few moments to read several important tips and notes on how browser hijacker actually get into your device and how to prevent this from happening
Distributing Freegoodapps and useful tips
There are multiple ways to distribute browser hijacker around..\ Spam e-mails, file-sharing sites, torrent files, program-bundling etc are all viable options for PC. However, when it comes to android devices, there are basically two main methods.
- The first one is when the browser hijacker is being pre-installed onto your device. There’s nothing you can do to prevent this apart from getting a smartphone that does not have any intrusive applications pre-installed on it.
- The second method is similar to the program-bundling on PC’s. The difference is that, in this case, the browser hijacker is not a separate application which is bundled within a third-party program. Instead, browser hijacker-supporting apps for android have Freegoodapps as an integrated part of the application in question. This basically makes you unable to download a browser hijacker-supporting app without getting the browser hijacker along. Therefore, if you know that a certain application has Freegoodapps integrated within itself, reconsider installing it.
- As above, but browser hijacker can always be added as a “feature” to one of the programs you are using through a regular update.
A good piece of advice here would be to look up apps that you’re about to download. A quick research may come in handy especially when attempting to download any free apps since they are most likely to have any browser hijacker features. This is because developers of free apps often rely solely on signing contract with third-party companies that sponsor the app’s developers if they integrate the browser hijacker within their new products.
Freegoodapps Android Removal
It might be enough to navigate to Settings -> Application Manager -> Downloaded -> Locate Freegoodapps -> Uninstall
If this option is not active then try this: Settings -> More -> Security -> Device Administrators
Make sure that only the Android Device Manger has permissions to alter your device. Also make sure that under the Security settings you don’t have Unknown Sources marked out.
Remove Freegoodapps from Chrome
Go to Settings -> More -> Application Manager
Now Go to Application Manager -> Downloaded -> Chrome
Now Force Stop -> Clear Data
Remove Freegoodapps from Firefox
Again, Go to Settings -> More -> Application Manager
Now Go to Application Manager -> Downloaded -> Firefox
Now Force Stop -> Clear Data
Remove Freegoodapps From “Internet”
Settings -> More -> Application Manager
Application Manager -> All -> Internet
Force Stop -> Clear Data
Reboot your Android Device. Your problem should now be fixed.
If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!