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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by mikey1969, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. mikey1969

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    So I, like many other people, have a few Android devices that I constantly install/uninstall software on, looking for that perfect game, that perfect scheduling app, etc...

    This morning, I had 6 or 7 notifications for "suggested" games and apps. Never had this before, and I definitely want to remove it. I've been installing a lot of the Amazon FAOTDs so that they are at least on my account, and I can redownload them later if I want. I usually look at the reviews to see if the things are getting bad reviews, but since Amazon has no requirement for leaving reviews, this isn't always the best source.

    Anyway, I need to figure out which scanner is the best and easiest to use. Most likely, this would be the most recently installed app from yesterday(Allrecipies.com), but a smart developer would put something in that would pause the adware for a day or two, so that you couldn't use this approach to removing the offending software.

    So my question is really a multi-part one.

    1. How do I make sense of these adware results? Which ones post notifications for things like suggested apps?
    2. Is there a way to keep the app but disable crap like this?
    3. Is there one that will monitor real-time so that I can figure out which app is responsible for these particular problems? Maybe list every app that accessed an ad network since I last checked?
    4. Which of these have acceptable risks? I understand that "free" games aren't free, but I don't have a lot of issues with DeadTrigger 2, for example, and I'll accept ads for a free game, I just won't accept things that pop up when I'm not running the app in question.
    5. My biggest part of this: What's the most useful app for sorting all of this out? There are a million out there, many from reputable companies, once again, I just don't know which is best.

    THanks guys, and sorry for the novel, this is just making me angry, and once I figure out which app it is, I'm installing it, but not until I've listed this crap in my review.
     

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    I have used Airpush Detector in the past, with good results, and I believe it will answer most of your questions.:)
     
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    Thanks, I'll install that one and check it out. Appreciate the tip!

    Wait, that didn't sound quite right... :)
     
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