Startpage of Chrome

I’ve been having problems with chrome since installing my fairphone4. Every time I open the app I get to see a gambling site or worse, a sex site. This is of course embarrassing when, for example, colleagues are nearby and you look up something. Mainly because I don’t visit such sites. I’ve already uninstalled and reinstalled the app but it doesn’t help. And this was from day one upon installation. Is this a known issue at Fairphones? Or am I having some kind of hacking during installation? Anyone know this problem?

I’m sure if you searched and didn’t find anything then clearly it is not a known issue.

Did you use a google account to set the phone up?

If you do and can be bothered, do a reset remove, do not connect to the internet and bypass the Google account.

Alternatively install Firefox and disable Chrome in the short term.

Hi Dirk, I had a similar experience one or two years ago also with the Chrome browser on my FP2. It seems your browser has been hijacked (Wikipedia: “Browser hijacking is a form of unwanted software that modifies a web browser’s settings without a user’s permission, to inject unwanted advertising into the user’s browser. A browser hijacker may replace the existing home page, error page, or search engine with its own. These are generally used to force hits to a particular website, increasing its advertising revenue.”).
I installed the free version of “Malwarebytes” from the Google Play Store an did a scan (took some time). This App found and removed the infected browser setting successfully at that time.


So it could be worth a try and ensure that you have the latest OS updates installed. Additionally, I would clear Chrome cache and app data.

But to be honest, I personally wouldn’t trust that system anymore after several months with this problem and consider a factory reset. It’s hard to tell if there were any known vulnerabilities in this timespan which could have been used to further infect your device via the displayed websites. But I won’t say it’s likely, just slightly possible.


it functions again normal. It did its trick the malware app…at this moment Thank you all for The respons.


Thanks for The answer. At this moment the malware - app did it. :crossed_fingers:

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