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  1. Vladimir Tolskiy

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    Hello.

    I recently received a UMX U673C phone with Assurance Wireless, a service for poor people that is carried out by Virgin Mobile.

    Sometimes such service is referred to as "obamaphone".

    Everything was nice, however my phone constantly offers me to install new apps. I suspect that the program that is responsible for this is Google Play. A message that pops up has an "X", however when I hit this "X", the app still installs and I have to uninstall it.

    Over time, those installations lead to another problem: annoying spam ads that pop up on my phone screen every time I turn the screen on.

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    Here you can see who sponsors those adds.

    How do I get rid of those two problems and restore the usability of my phone?
    I tried to change the ad settings in Google play, that did not work.

    I am looking for ways to block ads.
    I am also looking for ways to override Google Play, prevent app from installing unless I key in a secret combination or do something else to give an app I want to install a special permission to do so.

    Thank you.

     

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    Was "Obamaphone" really a thing? Show me a link please. I kind of doubt you.
     
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    yes it was and still is
    www.assurancewireless.com
     
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    That didn't mention Barrack Obama. Sounds like a Bush plan to me.
     
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    Is 'TrumpPhone' a thing in the US?
     
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    It's not Google play causing your issues, go thru your list of apps and see what could be the culprit.
    You can try installing No root firewall, and go into it's settings to block permissions for each app.
    I use adguard, which blocks all ads in all apps
     
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    Yep this is due to the generic gallery app..some gallery apps contain ads.....just go to settings, then apps, then find the gallery app, and disable it. ***That app comes with ads***....Then go to the play store and download a gallery app that does not contain adds....the play store will tell you if the new gallery app will have ads or not and just choose one that does not have ads...problem solved.....i dont know why they give us phones that come with these type of apps already installed--set up for failure--
     
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    I disabled "Gallery". Waiting to see what happens.

    Almost a month had passed and now I can conclude that
    GALLERY WAS THE CULPRIT
    I disabled it and the recurring problem is no longer there.


    Several times I got some other pop-up message, yet that appears as it had originated from a different source - the chrome browser.

    Thank you, OnMyWord !
     
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    I also have a UMX U673C. Ads and that green install popping up seconds after first starting the phone straight out of the box. Factory reset twice and both popped up before I could even open google play.
    Stubborn Trojan Killer found a package called com.fota.wirelessupdate through System.Fota.Apk. But the app gave me no advice how to remove it.
    Opened up app permissions. Ad_surface had a permission to draw over other apps. I have taken away that permission and disabled this "system" app.
    A web search of ad_surface brought me here.
    Thank you OnMyWord. I have disabled the Gallery today. I have not gotten an ad or a green install for the past hour. This is a record for my phone because they had been popping up every five ten minutes the data is left on before taking your advice. Thank you very much.
    I will share my story on the other android forum about the UMX U673C problem. Maybe the makers of UMX will find this forum and correct the Gallery issue.
     
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    Same problem with assurance wireless unimax u673c. I disabled "Gallery" but it hasn't help. I just got the phone a few days age. I have not gone online or downloaded any apps. This is my first "smart phone" and it is proving more difficult to use than I expected. I may just send it back.

    BTW: I guess Asian women are looking men everywhere. I have same ad but for the LA area (not that I live near LA)
     
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    It would be useful to run a national survey and find out how many of those obamaphones actually help their users find jobs, rent apartments, etc. And how many of those phones end up being thrown away or returned.
     
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    Fix UMX pop up ads: go to settings- apps- then click the gear icon on top right- then draw over apps- turn them all off- also click the 3 dots on upper right- select show system- and turn them all off.....next disable the gallery app and download a new gallery app from play store that has no ads. It is most likely only the gallery and only the ad_service draw over
     
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    Fix UMX pop up ads: go to settings- apps- then click the gear icon on top right- then draw over apps- turn them all off- also click the 3 dots on upper right- select show system- and turn them all off.....next disable the gallery app and download a new gallery app from play store that has no ads. It is most likely only the gallery and only the ad_service draw over
     

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