Welcome to our Gpfree0002.pw Android “Virus” removal instructions. They should work on most Android devices.
We all know that the Internet is filled with all sorts of unwanted and potentially harmful programs, which can get in your system if you’re not being careful. Usually, once such a program gets on their mobile device, people instantly assume it is a virus and start to panic. In many cases it is indeed a virus, but it is also highly possible that the intrusive software is something far less harmful (yet still unwanted). Gpfree0002.pw Android “Virus” is one such a program. It is basically a browser add-on of the Browser Hijacker type. These fill your browser with annoying ads and prevent you from using your browser effectively. However, there’s big difference between an Browser Hijacker and an actual virus. Viruses such as Trojan Horse or Ransomware, as we all know, are illegal and malicious programs, that undoubtedly have harmful effects on your mobile device. On the other hand, Browser Hijacker programs are, for the most part, legal and will not attempt to damage your mobile device in any way. Gpfree0002.pw itself is not dangerous – it won’t do anything to your system. It’s the ads that it generates that are the problem. In most cases the ads are simply annoying yet harmless. Nonetheless, keep in mind there’s a chance that some of them may trick you into exposing your machine to potential harm. That is why clicking on any of these pop-ups, banners or box messages is considered a bad idea. You see, the majority of the ads are not fake or dangerous but once in a while clicking on an ad may redirect you to a virus-infested page or outright start downloading harmful software on you mobile device. So far, there is no known ransomware that uses Browser Hijacker to install itself, but that may change at any time! Therefore, just don’t interact with them. If you suddenly get redirected to a page you did not open yourself, close it quickly, without clicking on anything besides the X button.
What is Gpfree0002.pw ?
Browser Hijackers are very widely spread throughout the web and your own sample is no exception. The reason for that is because they are so easy to catch. There are numerous methods of distribution for an Browser Hijacker. In this article we will list only the most common and well known ones.
- Torrents – As useful as they are, torrents can sometimes become a real pain in the neck Torrent sites are a very common method for Browser Hijackers distribution. Especially the illegal or shady ones. Since everyone can upload everything on such sites, it is very easy to use them for Browser Hijacker/virus distribution. Therefore, keep that in mind the next time you attempt to download content from a file-sharing or torrent site.
- E-mail – Spam e-mail messages are notorious for their potentially unwanted or even harmful contents. That’s why you have a spam folder on your e-mail account. That is where all suspicious letters are being sent there. However, every once in a while a spam message may manage to get into your regular inbox, that is supposed to be safe. Therefore, remember to always pay attention to the details of the letter (title, name of the person who’s sent it) before opening it.
- Software-bundling – This is the most common way via which users get the annoying plug-in installed on their devices. The intrusive Browser Hijacker is bundled with another program that people download for free from the internet. Once that program gets installed, all content that’s been added to it gets installed on their mobile device as well. That is how the unwanted add-on gets into your system via file-bundling. It should be noted that this is usually a legal method for a Browser Hijacker distribution. In fact, the only reason why the Browser Hijacker gets installed along the main program is because people hardly ever pay attention to the installation menu settings. Therefore, if you want to avoid landing Gpfree0002.pw, always carefully look for any added contents. You may need to opt for custom/advanced settings in order to see the full list of “features” and remove the ones you don’t need. Once you find the list, uncheck everything shady or suspicious-looking. Remember that Gpfree0002.pw may go under a different name. In fact, just in case, you may simply uncheck everything. Often there’s not much use of these add-ons anyway.
If you keep in mind the tips and information provided in our article, you should have no problem preventing any unwanted or intrusive software from getting inside your system. If you still don’t think this will be enough to keep your mobile device clean, you can further enhance your machine’s protection by investing into an anti-Browser Hijacker tool. These can also aid you with the removal of any Browser Hijacker that have already found their way into your system.
Gpfree0002.pw Removal From Android
It might be enough to navigate to Settings -> Application Manager -> Downloaded -> Locate Gpfree0002.pw -> 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 Gpfree0002.pw from Chrome
Go to Settings -> More -> Application Manager
Now Go to Application Manager -> Downloaded -> Chrome
Now Force Stop -> Clear Data
Remove Gpfree0002.pw from Firefox
Again, Go to Settings -> More -> Application Manager
Now Go to Application Manager -> Downloaded -> Firefox
Now Force Stop -> Clear Data
Remove Gpfree0002.pw 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!