Some program keeps showing me ads on the main page every now and then. It's extremely annoying, and I'm unable to catch it. Is there a way I can detect it to remove it?

When the ad shows up, I try to hold the home button to see the app name, but it disappears. Sometimes the ad is a link, so it asks me for the browser to use. My device is rooted.

  • check Settings > Apps > Running and look for 3rd party apps that you installed. One of them is responsible.
    – Bharat G
    Commented Oct 18, 2015 at 15:57
  • @BharatG Thanks for the suggestion. I tried that already actually. There are many... Trying one by one will take a very long time as an ad is shown every 15-20 minutes. Commented Oct 18, 2015 at 15:59
  • you can try to disable some apps from starting at boot to check. like autostart manager. i don't know allowed here or not but the bigtincan may be useful too.
    – Iftekhar
    Commented Oct 18, 2015 at 17:12
  • @lftekharAS I will do that once I know what app is doing that! Commented Oct 18, 2015 at 17:23
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    @Firelord I installed AdAway... let's see if that helps! :) Commented Oct 18, 2015 at 19:06

3 Answers 3


Finding the Source

For Android >4.1

If your device is running Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" or higher, you can just press and hold on notifications and your device will tell you who is generating them.

For Android <4.1

Use Airpush Detector. This application has a big list of apps that create banner ads. If it finds an application it knows of, it will tell you and ask you to uninstall.

Stopping the Future Problems

Use an Adblocker to Block Ads:

  1. AdFree (Recommended)
  2. AdBlock Plus
  3. Ad Away

I installed AdBlock Plus (not the browser, click on the gray link in below the big link in the middle) and AdAway and this solved the problem. Unfortunately this works only if your device is rooted.

  • Good to hear that the problem solved, but isn't adaway alone enough for you? Why are you using two ad blockers?
    – Firelord
    Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 0:06
  • What grey link are you talking about? did you not think maybe they might change their website design?
    – barlop
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 18:39
  • @barlop It's dead now. I now use DNS666 from Aptoide store. Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 20:49
  • @TheQuantumPhysicist thanks. I used Airpush detector which was mentioned in Matt's answer. It found two culprit apps. I'll try DNS666 too.
    – barlop
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 23:49

You can install AdwCleaner! With it you can remove Adware,PUP/LPI (Potentially Undesirable Program), Toolbars! I have used it, and its very good! It does a great job!

Then you can use adblock plus, to prevent any other ads from showing up! But first use adwcleaner!

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