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Techofires (IdeaPlus) browser hijacker

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Recently, some random websites have been popping up on my phone (Samsung Galaxy A7 2018), with loads of different names such as Techofires, Sigonews, itfaclty, Ideapuls and now gohi. I have never signed up to any of these sites, and have done a little google search on them which picked up that it was a browser hijacker that can be very malicious, and can reinstall itself on my phone if it is removed (which malwarebytes and other antiviruses do not pick up/recognize) and would like to see if anyone else is having this problem. I saw another post on this forum and apparently it has something to do with browsers being unable to block them.

I'm really worried about this, as I have no idea whether it is actually on my phone and has some sort of keylogger, or is able to hide itself in apps. One website declared that it is able to get on your device through bad updates, and a myriad of other ways. I am worried that it has got hold of my banking details, as I have all my banking things set up on this phone. Since the websites started popping up, I have started getting texts from my bank saying that random amounts of money were unable to be transferred (though it is saying this for my old card which is no longer valid)

What I want to try to get rid of it:

 - Factory reset my phone, and get rid of everything (I have already backed everything up on onedrive and google)

What I have tried to get rid of it:
 - Downloaded multiple trusted antiviruses to see if I can purge it (Unsuccessful)

 - Cleared everything (History, cookies, caches) on duckduckgo (which is my default browser) (Unsuccessful)

I just want to see if there is any way to get rid of it, or if anyone knows more about it and what it can do.

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Hi @Jonny6980,

Although it sounds like browser related, I can check for Adware if you send me an Apps Report.

To send an Apps Report with Malwarebytes for Android use the following instructions.

1.Open the Malwarebytes for Android app.

2.Tap the Menu icon.

3. Tap Your apps.

4. Tap three lines icon in upper right corner.

5. Tap Send to support

Choose an email app to send Apps Report.

Your email app will open with the Apps Report included. Send the Apps Report to create a ticket.

Private Message (PM) me the email used and/or the ticket number assigned.


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I have the exactly same problem. Malwarebytes free did not find any problem.


This ad ware even change app when you are using waze so your life is at risk. I really would like to known who are the creators so we could search a solution on deep web 

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