What is causing these ad notifications?Support


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  1. victek

    victek Well-Known Member

    I recently started receiving a spam notification which opens a browser window with an advertizement. This is not an SMS or email message. I'm guessing it was caused by something I installed but how can I figure out what, and more importantly how can I disable or block the ads? TIA

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  2. TheAtheistReverend

    TheAtheistReverend Anybody want a peanut? VIP Member

    I had the same thing happen to me when I updated my market through an external link a while ago. That was the only thing I did to change anything on my phone that could cause it. I scanned my phone with Lookout and found "no malware", but uninstalled the updated market and went back to the original and haven't had a problem since.
    I don't get it though, nobody else on the thread I got the updated market from had any of the same experience.
    Have you updated your market recently?
  3. victek

    victek Well-Known Member

    Can't remember when I last updated and if I did it internally or downloaded an APK. I'm running 3.3.11 - what version do you have? I saw an option in Market settings for personalizing ads from Google and Admob - maybe that's the problem? I turned it off.
  4. TheAtheistReverend

    TheAtheistReverend Anybody want a peanut? VIP Member

    I am running the same now, and that is what I had updated to from the 3rd party site.
    I'm assuming you didn't update via a 3rd party site, so that's out. I'm hoping your switching off personalized ads does it for you (I might have inadvertently done the same thing when I uninstalled my update, then updated normally)
    Let us know if that did it...

    Kinda creepy isn't it? I just about lost my sh*t when those started popping up.
  5. Rush

    Rush {<>}~{<>} Guide

    Installed this application ... http://qiz1.qr.ai It will find the app that is causing this.

    Best of luck.
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  6. victek

    victek Well-Known Member

    Air Push Detector - this may be the answer. It found one Go Launcher theme which I uninstalled. thanks!
  7. Rush

    Rush {<>}~{<>} Guide

    You're welcome. :)
  8. bberryhill0

    bberryhill0 Well-Known Member

  9. TheAtheistReverend

    TheAtheistReverend Anybody want a peanut? VIP Member

    If these "Airpush" ads get out of control, we'll lose a lot of Android users. I hope this gets squashed.
  10. cmybliss

    cmybliss Well-Known Member


    Amen.
  11. TheAtheistReverend

    TheAtheistReverend Anybody want a peanut? VIP Member

  12. cmybliss

    cmybliss Well-Known Member

  13. blackepoxy

    blackepoxy Well-Known Member

    Lookout should make an update to scan installed apps for this and notify you.

    I will send them an email comment about it.
    Maybe every one running it should follow suit, so they get a lot of requests for this feature.
    I haven't seen any yet and don't want to.
  14. TheAtheistReverend

    TheAtheistReverend Anybody want a peanut? VIP Member

    I see what you did there! Look-out, hehe...

    I'm on it. Email will be sent.

    Now.
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  15. blackepoxy

    blackepoxy Well-Known Member

    Awesome, I want to keep on using Android & and don't want this nasty stuff on my phone.

    Send the email to feedback@ myl ookout. c om
    Title the message air push notification spam


    I am sure y'all can handle the rest.
  16. TheAtheistReverend

    TheAtheistReverend Anybody want a peanut? VIP Member

    I truly hate to think of what depths I would reach if this got out of control and was persistent. I'm talkin' iPho...


    ...No, I'll go back to my landline, Yellow Pages, Rand McNally maps, and photo album first.
  17. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Well-Known Member

    Don't forget about your Sony Walkman. C'mon man, it's got auto-reverse. :D
  18. blackepoxy

    blackepoxy Well-Known Member

    You had better get a messager bag to carry all that stuff around. By the way that would look much better than having an i with one of those horrid looking otterbox defender cases on it with the two triangles at the top, man those are some kind of U G L Y.
    Makes me want to toss my cookies on the spot every time I see one of those...Abominational little things... :(
  19. swordsx48

    swordsx48 New Member

    i just joined to say was it the jamaica weed theme? @victek
  20. victek

    victek Well-Known Member

    There's a theme called the "Go Launcher Ganga Weed Theme" (which actually has some interesting wallpapers). Is that the one you mean? I just had a look at the permissions it requires and they seem excessive. It was too long ago now for me to remember which theme it was, but it wasn't this one. The Air Push Detector app flagged it though and after I removed the theme the ads stopped.
  21. swordsx48

    swordsx48 New Member

    i had a "jamaica weed theme"
    i dont even know what air push is but i went to air push detector and that said go to addons detector, got that and this theme was the only thing under air push and it was one of the apps i had recently installed so i got rid of it and. gone. :D
  22. blackepoxy

    blackepoxy Well-Known Member

    Looks like Lookout listened and gave us what we wanted.

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.lookout.addetector

    When it finds an offending app don't choose opt out, just uninstall, you should not have to give up your imei/esn # etc, to have them stop the ads. That's giving them even more info.

    It also lets you share your results with others, like so...

    My device has no apps that send push ads - check yours with this #Android app from @Lookout http://bit.ly/addetector
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  23. Cb1rocket

    Cb1rocket New Member

    Easier way to find out where the add is coming from is to press and hold then click app info. It shows where the offending advert is coming from which app. Then uninstall, simples
  24. TheAtheistReverend

    TheAtheistReverend Anybody want a peanut? VIP Member

    I think that only works for 4.0+ doesn't it?
  25. Cb1rocket

    Cb1rocket New Member

    Yeah sorry if the os we are talking about is for an earlier release

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