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android installing apps without my knowledge. It also showing annoying popups. How to resolve this issue?

Android version : 5.1 Lollipop Device: Micromax Canvas 6

Everytime i factory reset, it will fix the issue. After some days, it will start to show popups from Amazon, Myntra like shopping sites. Phone is installing apps in the background.

  • Give the screenshot, pls – Suncatcher Apr 2 '18 at 6:20
  • This is almost certainly caused by an app you install yourself. – Dan Hulme Apr 3 '18 at 8:53
  • @DanHulme No its not, because only stock apps can get this access when your device isn't rooted! – Stackcraft_noob Apr 3 '18 at 14:13
  • @Stackcraft_noob It's not unknown for malware apps to download other APK files and trick the user into installing them. We've had questions like that before. – Dan Hulme Apr 3 '18 at 14:42
  • @DanHulme Ok!?! Now I learned something new! I always thought that on a non-rooted device something like that is impossible – Stackcraft_noob Apr 3 '18 at 17:10
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As I know every Android OS phone have the option "Auto-update apps" in the Google Play Settings. For the first, I would completly disable that!

On the site of a Micromax Canvas blog, there is already an article about this issue. I found serval solutions below there ⬇ ⬇ ⬇


If your Device is rooted then our friends of XDA-Developers already have it:

  1. Disable the Software Update application

Now that you have gained root access and ADB is up and running, you can continue with disabling the dreaded application responsible for the silent installs and unwanted ads. All you need to do now is to fire up a command prompt, make sure the prompt is at the directory of your ADB binary, and execute the following command:

adb shell pm disable com.adups.fota


For non-rooted device you can try to disable the Software Update package:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Apps
  3. All Apps
  4. Then disable or uninstall there all apps/ packages that are responsible for updates and install. I don't know which and what they're called. I tried to find out but I looks like it is always an other. Whether it's FWUpgrade.apk or Software Update or the app itself.

Try also to uncheck: Settings–>About Phone–> System/Software update

For more just google itself, I found many other possibilities but I can't list all them.

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