August 31, 2015

How to prevent from ruining your reading experience? is a nuisance. It is the meanest possible click fraud one would ever encounter online. It affects your browsing experience mainly on your mobile devices, be it android or iOS. So far I have not heard of ad-type affecting browsing experience on Windows Phone. That is probably because users are not reporting it.

I am sure you will agree with me that it is a pain. It usually happens when you click on a hyperlink from an application or search result. You are expectantly waiting to read the stuff that you clicked on and like a slap on your face the browser redirects your url to No matter how hard you try, you cannot get rid of this persistent menace.

How do you prevent from redirecting your urls to a page that cannot even be opened? Yes, that is what happens. redirects your browser to a dead page that gives you an error message that the url cannot be found.

After a little bit of research online and a few trials and errors later, I figured out how to prevent from redirecting me to another page, driving me nuts. Fact is, though there are a lot of people who are affected by this menace, no one has figured out a solution that prevents from redirecting you to a dead page. Some even try to sell anti-virus software to try and earn a few bucks, riding on one's inability to tackle the menace. Is there no solution to I think there is!

Now, the usual way to tackle malware taking over your browsing experience is to clear the cache. In this case however, I found that clearing the browser cache alone does not help. There are a combination of things you need to do if you want to prevent from ruining your browsing experience. Let me tell you what those steps are:

Step One - Close all open tabs: If you have any tabs open on your browser, close them. Otherwise, they may get saved in your history much after you clear your cache and the issue with will persist.

Step Two - Clear the cache: Though this does not help, it is a good idea to get rid of all the cookies stored on your device. How do you clear browser cache? If you are using an Android device, go to your browser settings, find out privacy settings and click on the blue button that says 'delete browsing data.' You may want to delete both browsing history and cookies when you delete browsing data. may get saved in your browser history and sit there to trouble you gain. It may also have cookies in your phone that will further attack the other urls that you click on.

Step Three - Delete website data: Apart from cookies and browsing history, your browser may also save website data of certain websites, like location and preferences. My assumption is pretends to be a part of that website data and gets saved on your phone. If you are using an android phone, go to settings > Site settings > Storage and delete all site data saved on your phone.

Step Four - Disable JavaScript: This is in fact the key to getting rid of from your phone. Unlike what people want you to believe, the click fraud of is not exactly a virus. Nor is a malware that affects your system, if you consider the definition of malware. It is a JavaScript injected into your browser, perhaps using cookies, browsing history or site data. And the best way to deal with it is to turn off the JavaScript functionality on your browser. If you are using an android phone, you can do this by going to Settings > Site Settings > JavaScript and choosing Block.

May 25, 2014

Application shortcuts disappearing/missing from the dock on Android Phone

We usually place the icons that we use the most on the dock of Android home screen. It can be really a nuisance if they go missing every time you reboot the phone. Especially with Android 4.1 in the running currently on most phones, icons or applications missing from the dock of the Android phone is an issue.

Does the problem of of application shortcuts or icons missing from the dock happen to all Android phones that have version 4 or above installed in it? My experience and a little research I have done tells me that it does not happen to all Jelly Bean or Ice cream Sandwich phones. Icons go missing from the dock only if you installed a custom launcher recently and uninstalled it. There, you see the issue!

It is a bug in Android that causes the problem. You install a custom launcher, make it default. You use it for a few days and then decide to uninstall it. The issue is the stock launcher gets confused with the default settings and your phone still thinks that you are running a custom launcher. In the process, one or two application shortcuts from the dock or home screen goes missing every time you reboot the phone or unlock it. The way to deal with this issue is to clear defaults of the launcher.

What do you do when you see that application shortcuts are missing from the launchpad or doc? Follow the simple steps below:

Step One: Open your phone settings and go to the application list
Step Two: In the application list, got to All Applications and find out Launcher. This is the stock Android Launcher on your phone. (If you have any other custom launcher installed, uninstall it before you do this) 
Step Three: Once you open the stock Launcher settings. Scroll down and click on Clear defaults. Reboot the phone and see if the problem persists. Usually, this will solve the problem. 
The final and drastic step: If clearing the defaults on your stock launcher does not solve the issue of application shortcuts missing from dock, then you need to take the final drastic step. Remember, if you do this all the customization you have on your home screen will be lost. (Do not worry, you can do the customization after the issue of missing application shortcuts from the dock is solved.) Here you go - CLick on the Clear Data button on your launcher settings. Reboot the phone. Now, I am sure your issue of missing application shortcuts from the dock is solved forever!!

February 16, 2014

The Curious Case of Duplicate Icons on Andoid!

Did you reach here searching for a solution to the shocker as you were swiping through your applications list on your Android phone and seeing two icons for the same app? You are not the only one who suffered from the pain of seeing two icons of the same application in your app drawer. And I am sure you tried the next best step of trying to delete one application thinking that the application got installed twice and burned your hand by deleting the only copy of the application installed on your phone. Trust me, you are not the only one who face the curious case of duplicate icons in your Android App Drawer.

It happened to me too. I just bought a new Android Phone a few days ago. And the phenomenon of duplicate icons in the App drawer started happening two days after I bought the phone. I was about to curse my buyer instinct for my stupid decision of buying an Android phone from an Indian phone maker, discarding the international big boy brands. But then I decided to do some research.

You are right, this happens only on devices that run the latest Jelly Bean version on Android. This seems to be a bug on Android that duplicate the icon of applications. This usually happens on Android Phones that run the stock version of Jelly Bean, without the device maker's highly customized user interface. Now, what do you do when you see two icons of the same application in your app drawer?

There is only one solution to this problem of duplicate icons on Android. Reboot! Reboot!! Reboot!!! Yes, just switch off your phone, keep it switched off for a minute or two and then reboot the phone. Sometimes, you will notice the same issue after you reboot! That is why I said 'reboot' three times!