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5/24/16
Original Poster
Google user

Browser hijack 'gpfree0002' / 'gpfree0003' - what can be done?

Since last night, my Chrome browser (on Android) keeps being interrupted by an aggressive redirect under the address of 'gpfree0002' or 'gpfree0003'. It takes me from the page I'm viewing, causes the phone to vibrate, and launches a warning pop-up which says that the phone has been damaged by harmful viruses, etc etc. It is essentially scareware, but I don't know what the extent of it is or how to get rid of it.

I've taken basic steps with the phone, such as running an antivirus sweep, clearing the browser cache, factory-resetting Chrome itself, and resetting the network options, but none of these has detected any problems or made any difference.

If it is significant, the source was gpfree0002 last night, and is gpfree0003 this morning. There's a screengrab from twitter below, from someone who has experienced the same problems.

I'm running Chrome 50.0.2661.89 on a Nexus 6P, Android 6.0.1. Any help very much appreciated!



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5/24/16
Original Poster
Google user
This is still an issue - if I can't resolve it without a factory reset I'll have to go over to Firefox, so any help much valued!

Thanks.
Cat-Friend
5/24/16
Cat-Friend
Hello Chrome-roaming

Thanks for your message. Did you try deleting all your Chrome data? 
Go to the Settings, then choose Apps, then click on Chrome in the List. 
Finally, choose Storage/Data and delete all Chrome related Data.

Reboot you Droid and try again.
Please let me know if this helps.

5/24/16
Original Poster
Google user
Hello - thanks for the response.
 
I did this both last night and this morning, but have still been encountering the same problem. The only difference over this time has been that the redirect is now prompted by gpfree0003 rather than gpfree0002, which was the case yesterday.
 
Do you know if there's anything else I can try?
 
Thanks for the help.
Cat-Friend
5/24/16
Cat-Friend
Hello Chrome-roaming

Thanks for your reply. I'm sorry it didn't help.
Did you install new Apps on your Droid currently? 
Some Apps behave nasty, display Ads and are redirecting Web Addresses.
Please find the App (or Apps) you installed right before the Hijacking begun. Then remove them to see if that solves the Problem.

In addition, please try Malwarebytes for Android.

Please let me knos how it goes. Good luck!
Kind regards, Cat-Friend

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5/24/16
Google user
Hi, I have the same problem here, just started a few minutes ago. Did this solution work? Your feedback would be appreciated.
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Donna Goebel
10/17/16
Donna Goebel
A setting keeps popping up
 
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