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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by FordLTL9000, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. FordLTL9000

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    On my LG Stylo 3 I installed a couple of countdown apps and, not sure if related, but since then I've been getting this "topreports.news" popup when I lock my phone. It looks like the web browser that opens up when you tap a link in a message in Gmail, where tapping on the 3-dot menu on the top right shows "Open in Chrome" at the bottom of the menu. It also gets saved in Chrome history as "taboola". If I tap "recent apps" it won't show in the recent apps screen, which has made it so I can't see what app is doing this. How can I find what it is and get rid of it?

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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    that's adware. you may want to uninstall those apps
     
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  3. FordLTL9000

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    Thank you. I've uninstalled them but it keeps coming up. I haven't installed anything else new recently that I can think of.
     
  4. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    try clearing cache as well. sometimes if you uninstall the app, the cache will still remain. those adwares can be left in cache.
     
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  5. FordLTL9000

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    I cleared cache again for good measure, and restarted the phone. We'll see. It's not consistent so it's hard for me to keep track of when it happens. I just wish I could track down what's doing it and get it out of my phone.
     
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  6. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    keep us posted.
     
  7. FordLTL9000

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    I cleared cache and restarted, still happening. I turned off wifi and mobile data, and it pops up but can't load the page. Any way I can find out what it is, when it's up?
     
  8. FordLTL9000

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    I installed Popup Ad Detector and CCleaner, and when the ads showed up again it showed the last 2 apps were WTForecast and MyFitnessPal. I uninstalled both and it never came back. I've reinstalled MyFitnessPal because I use it a lot, so if the ads don't come back, it was probably WTForecast. Will update in a few days.
     
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  9. FordLTL9000

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    So far, no more adware. Might have been my WTForecast. I kind of wish I did the other apps one at a time, Malwarebytes, CCleaner, Popup Ad Detector, and Snoop Snitch. Malwarebytes did end up thinking that 42 of my apps were malware. I deleted some of the ones that I didn't use much, but left the rest. I just did another scan and it found no malware.

    As a side note, I'm pretty impressed that this phone is still chugging along. I've had it about 2 and a half years now.
     
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