Remove Those Intruding Ads!
|Illustration of Intrusive Ads|
Monetizing apps with ads actually helps everyone. It helps developers get money for their hard work, it helps advertisers doing their business, and it also helps companies market their products to a greater audience. Most importantly, ads in apps allow us users to get more free apps in the Play Store. See the picture?
However, despite that fact, there are also limits to which apps can be monetized. Earning money isn't wrong, but sometimes the way we use to get money isn't right. An example of this is when I was asked a few days ago by my father to fix his tablet. It's an Android tablet which is kind of hard to use for older people, so I thought that it might be a misconfiguration of some kind. However, I was shocked to find out that it's much worse than that.
Every time you unlock the tablet, the tablet would immediately open the browser and lead to a certain advertising network that offers "free apps". I thought it was caused by my father immediately locking the tablet without returning to the home screen, so I tried locking and unlocking again. Unfortunately, the same thing happened. I tried for about five times, until I was certain that something was wrong. To make matters worse, the tablet would show a full-screen ad in a certain time interval, pausing any task you're doing until you either click the ad, or the big cross button on one corner of the screen...
I knew that one of the apps must be the culprit, but which one?
I searched the Internet for solutions but most of them recommended me to buy Antivirus apps. Unfortunately, I'm a cheapskate. If it's not free, I'd rather avoid it. Heck, I even got free AV apps but they don't seem to help me. I've scanned and removed suspicious apps and/or files, but the problem was still there.
Fortunately, one forum recommended me to get a free app called Addons Detector. Yes, its UI isn't pretty, but at critical times, I think you'd rather get an ugly-but-functional app than a beautiful-but-useless app. Plus, it's very easy to use. Allow me to explain.
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If the Notification Monitor doesn't work, there's another option: Addons. This will allow you to see what add ons your applications have and use. There are lots of add ons, such as game engines, licensing modules, advertising, etc. However, based on my experience, most problems are caused by advertising add ons. So, you should give it the first try. If you know which platform is causing you trouble, seeking the culprit this way might be the right thing for you. Once you find the app(s) that uses the 'evil' ad platform, go ahead and uninstall it.
|Not very convenient to sort each app one by one, but this might be the most|
effective way to solve ad problems if you know which platform is causing your trouble.
Additionally, for geeks or average Joes who know a little bit more about Android permissions, this next feature might just make your effort finding your trouble easier. Yes, the next feature is the Permission Explorer. This feature basically just lists installed applications based on Android's specific permissions. In case you don't know, one app might need more than one permission, so don't be surprised to see an app with the same name in two different permissions.
Finding the troublemaker using this feature might be harder and more time-consuming for average users, but if you know a little bit or two about permissions, using this feature might be easier for you to find your culprits.
Next, and the final feature of this app is to sort your apps based on their installation dates. If you can't find out which app is causing you trouble, then remembering when it first occurred might just give you a way out. This feature helps you find which apps were installed when you first encountered your trouble.
|If you don't know what's causing you trouble, remembering when it first|
occurred might help give you a way out.
Okay, that's all for now, Folks. I hope that you find this article useful, as this little app saves my dad's tablet life. He was so furious that he might just throw it onto the wall. Anyway, as usual, if you have any questions, just post them in the Comments section and I'll see what I can do to help. Finally, thanks for reading, have a nice day, and I'm looking forward to your next visit :)