Web ads on androids

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  1. supra

    supra Member

    Hi, Noob question. How do you remove web ads showing on your apps? I believe the web ad was showing up because I have downloaded another apps which I allowed web ad to be shown on my other apps but I'm not really sure. how do you also know if the app you are downloading will not have any web ad on it?

  2. vbhokiefan

    vbhokiefan Well-Known Member

    You pay for the app.

    In most cases, the free version includes ads. That's what help pay for the app. Most of the more mainstream apps have a paid version which eliminates the ads.
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  3. 28064212

    28064212 Well-Known Member

    There's a couple of apps you can install which block other apps from connecting to the well known ad sites. Don't know what they are, don't use them myself
    Nope. Apps either have ads in them or they don't. No app will cause ads to appear in another
    There's no way of knowing. Most apps which have ads in them mention it in the description on the market, but not all of them. All apps with ads ask for the permission "Full internet access", but lots of apps without ads ask for it as well. Only way to find out for sure is to install it.

    What's your issue with ads anyway? Developers use them as a way of making money instead of charging users.
  4. supra

    supra Member

    thanks for the responses. i'm usually offline and it's annoying to see spaces when i open an app. does Handcent SMS and Bluetooth file transfer apps have web ad on them? do these web ads harm the OS of the phone (just like in pop ups on a PC)?
  5. 28064212

    28064212 Well-Known Member

    You can't do anything about the spaces. Even if you do block the ads, the space will still be there.

    Handcent does have ads, but only on the settings menu, which is rarely used. Not sure about the Bluetooth File Transfer app.

    They're not harmful at all. They probably take up a tiny bit of resources to retrieve the ad and display it, but it would be negligible amount unless they were changing a couple of times a second. The OS is specifically built to cater for apps with ad content.
  6. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Well-Known Member

    They are "mostly harmless", except:
    - they take up screen real estate and cause visual distractions (they are somewhat animated);
    - they cause additional traffic and gps load, thereby draining battery (a little, but still);
    - most annoyingly, they require apps to request "location+network" access rights, causing these to be more and more common, which in turn numbs the users' critical sense. That is a Bad Thing on a rather fundamental level.

    The OS is not "specifically built to cater for" ads per se (that's a very odd idea) - but the connected nature of the OS certainly does enable them to be delivered.

    On the up side, they make apps free that wouldn't otherwise be. For a lot of us without paid Market access, that's a real boon. That's why I think it dishonest to try to block ads (you should accept the whole deal, or choose something else).
  7. crabman

    crabman Well-Known Member

    Install a hosts file update it occasionally and no more ads ever, you must have root. You can find one over at xda.

    edit....I decided to remove directions on how to install a hosts file.

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