On my sister's Huawei 360 adverts appear on top of other applications whenever wifi or mobile data connectivity is on. These adverts are so annoying since the sometimes freeze the phone covering the whole screen with a small x on the right hand side corner. They also consume a lot of data. They can show even on whatsapp. I have checked if there are any launchers but only the default one appers, Also I dont any funny apps in data usage under apps that use background data. Could these apps be the one installed via USSD code or phone serial number?

  • It's quite difficult to answer, without having knowledge of your installed apps.
    – Grimoire
    Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 15:50

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The first reason for these annoying ads might be because of your browser when you have accidentally clicked on any of adds shown.Those malicious adds may install some apps in your ROM(internal memory) which may not be uninstalled so easily or will re-appear every time you connect to internet.
So, you could take backup and restore the phone to factory settings. I did the same way when i was attacked by these malicious apps.

PS: these type of apps may import your photographs and other data. Please be cautious and do factory setting ASAP.

  • Notice that ROM is another way to call the firmware, or operating system. If those advertising applications pushed themselves to the /system partition of a device, then a mere factory reset won't help.
    – Grimoire
    Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 15:52
  • @DeathMaskSalesman How would one go around that then? Would it involve installing a custom rom?
    – user145490
    Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 16:14
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    @user145490 There are three ways around privileged ads. The first involves rooting the phone, manually identifying the offending apps, searching for their packages inside /system/app or /system/priv-app and delete them (tedious, but less aggressive). The second is to try finding your device's stock ROM, and flash it. The third is similar to the second, but is about flashing a custom ROM, yes.
    – Grimoire
    Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 16:18
  • @DeathMaskSalesman I would not recommend the first one, as you can really screw up your OS (and maybe notice that too late) when deleting the wrong files with root
    – Namnodorel
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 21:07
  • @Namnodorel And that sums up pretty well why root tends to be disabled by default, doesn't it? One should always make backups before toying, and always inform themselves before deleting or messing with something unknown. Root is powerful, but that power is not without risk.
    – Grimoire
    Commented Nov 22, 2016 at 7:49

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