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While I was visiting a page on a usual website with the built-in browser of the Android Facebook app, a pop-up just... poped-up, saying dumb stuff about my cellphone being full of viruses, etc. (Quite similar to "Virus Found" Web Browser Pop-up) Not wanting to click on anything, I just frenetically tapped the "back" button of my Android Cellphone, which prompted the pop-up to come back until eventually Google Play Store opened and offered me to install "https ://play .google. com/store/apps/details?id=com.duapps.cleaner"

Tapping the home button of my cellphone, then using the app switcher to close Facebook, everything seems to be fine again.

My question is: Is there some way to prevent this from happening again? I mean, I was visiting a (I think) perfectly legit website which I visited many time before. Also, this is the first time I see this on a phone's browser (maybe I was just lucky until now)

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    Likely malvertising. Probably can't be prevented unless you stop using the browser. Killing the app was the perfect thing to do – Neil Smithline May 31 '16 at 2:07
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    Firefox on Android can use an ad blocker. That should help some. Just install Firefox from the store and then search plugins for adblocker – Neil Smithline May 31 '16 at 2:09
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Yes, the answer is simple. Go to the Facebook App's settings page and turn on "open with external browser" or somesuch, and the infernal internal browser in the FB app will be silenced!

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    I tried to find this setting and cannot. Can you confirm the steps to change this setting? And can you confirm that you are talking about the mobile Facebook app and not a Facebook app from within Facebook? – schroeder Oct 19 '17 at 7:17
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    Step to this options: Hamburger Menu -> App-Settings -> open Links external to true – Serverfrog Oct 19 '17 at 8:07

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