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    Default Chasing down Pop up malware or adware

    First time Android user here - new LG G3, rooted (IOroot).

    I just started getting pop ups on my screen which look like Malware. The most recent was

    The page at 'http://www.googlandroid.com' says:
    Detected you are using an expired Android Keyboard!
    Update to the latest version (TouchPal) now.
    [OK]

    It popped up while selecting a widget to place on the lock screen - not a place I expected a popup to occur. I deleted the most recent app I'd installed, but it came back. There was another (which occured on my home screen) but I didn't capture it. Since I'm not using TouchPal, it certainly smells malware-ish.

    How does one go about tracking down what is running and how to squish these annoyances? (note: while this is my first android phone, I'm not a stranger to linux or the commandline in unix or windows - I just don't know how android is laid out from a developer side, and don't know where to start picking apart the source of this kind of stuff)

    Thanks!!
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    Default Re: Chasing down Pop up malware or adware

    It still may be an app that is just giving pop up garbage. Do you get anything like that in the status bar?

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    Hmmm... Didn't notice - thoughts couldn't have been since it was on the lock screen.

    I just had another pop up for a game - are those really allowed in ad-sponsored apps?
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    You can see if you can reboot in safe mode ( I don't know how on your phone), and if it stops, then it is one of your apps.

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    Default Re: Chasing down Pop up malware or adware

    I believe in the android world it is pretty much always an app.

    Goto Settings, Apps, Downloaded apps and get rid of anything you do not recognize.

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