How to get rid of "Chrome search contest 2020" scam Android?

jverner

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Sep 27, 2020
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I have this scam on my Android phone. I understand it is a redirect virus. I factory reset the phone twice without adding any apps and not installing the optional Samsung ones. IDK what to do. Suggestios?

One peculiar thing that might be relevant: The redirect takes effect only on websites I have built with Wordpress on my reseller's account. This suggests to me that there is a vulnerability on the websites. Yet when I access them with my desktop, there is no redirect. I scanned one of the sites using MalCare and it found nothing wrong.

TIA

JV
 
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Jack

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I have this scam on my Android phone. I understand it is a redirect virus. I factory reset the phone twice without adding any apps and not installing the optional Samsung ones. IDK what to do. Suggestios?

One peculiar thing that might be relevant: The redirect takes effect only on websites I have built with Wordpress on my reseller's account. This suggests to me that there is a vulnerability on the websites. Yet when I access them with my desktop, there is no redirect. I scanned one of the sites using MalCare and it found nothing wrong.

TIA

JV
Hello,
This looks like an issue with the site you're visiting rather than with your phone. Most likely there's a line of code in on that site that is redirecting you to these ads. What's the site URL?
 
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jverner

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Sep 27, 2020
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I found that it is a problem with corrupted Wordpress code. I deleted all Wordpress files and folders except for the wp-content folder and the wp-config.php file. Then I reloaded Wordpress except for the wp-content folder and the wp-config.php file. This worked for me. I would like to get my hands on the hacker who did this. Best wishes.
 
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