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Is Android showing app ads in share menu now?

Blame Microsoft not Google This behavior was reported in July this year. Microsoft was the culprit. See this XDA blog Microsoft is abusing Android’s share sheet by inserting ads for its apps with ...
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How to search for Android apps without ads?

There's the Playsearch website which allows you that without having to install anything beforehand: Playsearch website, your criteria marked (click image for larger variant) In addition to what you ...
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Is it possible to know if an app has advertisements by analyzing permissions?

You cannot see that just by checking an app's permissions: those permissions ad modules require for their job are the same the app itself might need for another job. You can, however, look up the app ...
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Determine which app is drawing on top of other apps?

Note: adb should already be setup in PC. For Android earlier than version 4.4.x, root access may be required. Some commands would not work on Android earlier than version 5.1. Jump to heading "...
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How to search for Android apps without ads?

Not sure with native Google Playstore, but you could use Yalp or a fork of Yalp, Aurora (F-droid link), it has many search filters e.g for ads, gratis, number of downloads etc.. Aurora Store is an ...
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Pop-up advertising message filling the screen

That's not an Airpush ad. Also, these kind of ads are forbidden by the Google Playstore TOS. Always pointing to the same app suggests another app from the same developer placing it, not an ad module. ...
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Why does this ad keep showing up below my notification bar and how do I stop it?

There are many complaints about the Premium Wallpapers HD app, which apparently started to show ads looking like this after its latest update. In general, an Android app can draw anything over other ...
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Intrusive Google Play Store advertisements appear as soon as I start charging my phone

It isn't a Virus. So, no anti-virus or malware scanner will catch this. It is just an app which adds lockscreen ads to your device while charging. These ads are set so that they only appear while ...
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No download link for Adblock Plus

Adblock forums says this product is outdated (not maintained anymore), eventually use adblock browser for android Also, see this post see what said an eyeo moderator: "Unfortunately at the ...
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Some program is showing ads on my desktop... How can I catch it?

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. ...
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Determine which app is drawing on top of other apps?

If you're using Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you can use its native permissions manager. From an article on BGR, Android 6.0 Marshmallow has a lot of highly anticipated new features and one of them is ...
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How to stop touchpal providing a daily summary?

It seems they recently added an option to disable it: TouchPal -> Settings -> General Settings -> uncheck Daily Summary The new interface to disable daily summary (22 Nov 2016): TouchPal--> ...
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How best to block ads on non rooted phone?

Adguard is a good option (as suggested above) given it can employ more than one way of filtering ads from traffic. It can utilise local VPN or local HTTP proxy, but can have significant battery drain. ...
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Does an adblocker defeat the tracking part of the ad module, or just the display of ads?

tl:dr; Tracking can be done by an app without showing ads. By merely blocking ads you are not preventing tracking Hosts based ad blocking is better than browser ad blocking, since it does not ...
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Determine which app is drawing on top of other apps?

Thanks a bunch @Firelord ! I have finally found the app which has been preventing me from installing apk's and performing adb backups. For me I found it was an app called Battery Mix Read on to see ...
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How to stop touchpal providing a daily summary?

In Touchpal 2016, got to settings, looking & feel, and uncheck daily summary towards the bottom of the listing.
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How to block ads in Android applications?

You can use an ad-blocking DNS server such as AdGuard DNS. Unlike the HOSTS file method, you won't need to use an app, nor root your phone. On ​​Android 9 Pie and later, you can use ad-blocking DNS ...
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How do some apps get past ad blocking?

It's been 5 years since I asked this, and I've finally found a solution for rooted phones. Google Play Services is the culprit. You need an app that can disable individual sub-components of other apps....
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Banner Ads on bottom of different apps- Is this a Virus?

There are various advertising networks that will use cookies and the likes of which to track you and profile your online movement, and then later use those to target ads at you. It is possible that ...
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Why do I see adverts after closing WhatsApp?

Like KeshavaGN, I suspect a 3rd party app behind this. But neither your Nova Launcher, nor WhatsApp itself. To isolate the culprit, I suggest the following steps: Check with e.g. Appbrain Ad Detector ...
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Invasive advertising in Android notification center

I've never been bothered by an advertisement since ages because of my ruthless choice of using a full-fledged ad blocker like AdAway. You may try it if the device is rooted, or try adblock-plus for ...
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How to remove the bottom promo banners in Firefox for Android?

Try typing about:config in the address bar. After you open it, search for the browser.snippets.enabled parameter, tap on it, then tap on the Toggle button. This disables the banners from appearing ...
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Something is blocking ads and I don't know what it is

Somebody gone borked up their hosts file Luckily, it's an easy fix. Your going to need root, and a root file manager (Like ES file explorer) In your file explorer, go to /system/etc, and look for a ...
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How to mute audio of video ads?

Thanks to @aBochur's comment It turned out that video ads use the media channel I have muted the phone media and the ad audio was muted as well.
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how to block an OS app popup?

First get the stk and stk2 package name and path, then back them up with pull : adb shell pm list packages | grep stk adb shell pm path com.android.stk adb pull /system/app/Stk/Stk.apk adb shell pm ...
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How to stop ads showing up on screen

Possible reasons: • Checkout Games that you installed recently. • Check if you installed any app related to Wallpapers or lock screen category. Because as far as i know Samsung doesn't have ...
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How do I stop ads interrupting my music player

Open the Google Settings app on your device (called Google Settings or Settings, depending on your device). Scroll down and tap Google. Tap Ads. Turn on Opt out of interest-based ads or Opt out of Ads ...
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How to search for Android apps without ads?

I prefer to block ads using the free Blokada app from F-droid instead of searching apps without ads. It works when using apps, browsing (and more), and it makes using Android definitively a far ...
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How to prevent myself from accidentaly opening android ads?

I typically use the back button. Since it's not on the screen (Samsung J3V) I don't run the risk of accidentally tapping on the ad. But there are times when the back button doesn't work, which is ...
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Why do I see adverts after closing WhatsApp?

I think applock is the culprit(and they openly mention that). Try opening applock and inside left sidebar menu, tap first item(or menu header) called 'Account center' or 'Upgrade to Premium' and ...
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