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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by 132_and_bush, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. 132_and_bush

    132_and_bush Lurker
    Thread Starter

    :thinking:I noticed something unusual yesterday and this morning. At the top left of my screen in the task bar there was a small green cross. I dragged down the task bar and noticed it was an ad of some sort. Then today I got the same thing. It was spam for a free ipad or something from Wal Mart. What the heck is this and how do I make it go away?:thinking:

  2. RigelX

    RigelX Well-Known Member

    Is it coming through your gmail account?
    I've been very careful about throwing that email address around for that very reason.
    If it is...you can try the opt out link at the bottom of the email (sometimes, all that does is let them know they have a "good" email address).
    If it's being pushed some other way, then I have no idea.
  3. csoto2010

    csoto2010 Member

    Maybe you should try downloading Lookout or some other app of that sort to scan your phone. Have you tried a factory reset to see if that might resolve this issue? Just some thoughts as this is not an issue I have dealth with myself.
  4. RigelX

    RigelX Well-Known Member

    Interestingly, just this morning I got my first ever Spam Text Message.
  5. John Redcorn

    John Redcorn Android Enthusiast

    Airpush ads are one thing that can do this, there might be other things besides airpush now. There's something called like airpush detector in the market that can tell you which of your apps has airpush built in. (if it's airpush)

    Also OP, I have this funny feeling you have someone at gunpoint. If so, your coverage is code 3.
  6. 132_and_bush

    132_and_bush Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Got another message on my phone today. This time it was a white star with a red circle in the middle on my notification bar. I dragged it down to see what it was and it took me to some dating site. I downloaded the air push scanner and it said there was nothing on my phone. The messages aren't coming through my gmail, they're just randomly showing up. I wish I had a screen capture app to prove that I'm not crazy. Not too thrilled about a factory reset, so I'll make that my final option. Thanks for the help and please keep the advice coming! And yes I do have one at gunpoint.
  7. wraithevolution

    wraithevolution Well-Known Member

    Yes, that's Airpush. It's a horrible horrible ad app that was piggybacked on one of the apps you downloaded. You can use https://market.android.com/details?id=com.brosmike.airpushdetector
    and it will show you what program is doing it. You can then find the offending app and uninstall it, worked perfectly for me. I would suggest leaving negative feedback on the app page first though, make sure others know about it as well.
    F1R3F7Y likes this.
  8. 132_and_bush

    132_and_bush Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I ran the airpush app a couple of times and it hasn't found anything.
  9. F1R3F7Y

    F1R3F7Y Lurker

    Thanks for the heads up, iPhone free keyboard was an airpush will see if any more spam adverts hit my HTC.

  10. RigelX

    RigelX Well-Known Member

    Over the weekend I started getting airpush spam. Airpush detector worked beautifully.
    Turned out it was the BestBuy product browser that infected me.
  11. okicu

    okicu Newbie

    wow! I feel betrayed. I was getting the same thing on my notification bar. read this thread and looked up airpush. It turns out that it was my overclock app. not good. that app is handy. the odd thing is I'd downloaded that app on another phone I had and NEVER did I get any spam. get a new phone download my apps... a day later this happens. probably an updated version. this kind of spam is WAY too intrusive.
  12. handor

    handor Lurker

    Worked great!! Thanks for the heads up.

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