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Is it Verizon or an app hijacking my browser to push sites at me?
This morning for the second time, I woke up to an ad on my browser, or rather my browser tuned to a random promotional site that was clearly an ad push by somebody. I hadn't been using the browser when I went to sleep and certainly hadn't been on visitmyrtlebeach.com, which was what was on my screen when I unlocked it. I've never been to that site and never would go. Last time, a couple of weeks ago, it was ITT Tech, another site I never have visited and never would. Same situation - I hadn't been using my browser when I went to sleep, and then there it was first thing when I unlocked my phone in the morning.
Is this related to that new thing Verizon is doing where you have to opt out on their terms page or else they have permission to target you with ads based on your browsing and location? I opted out of that on the 12th just after they rolled it out, got my first wake-up browser ad on the 13th, and today got my second one on the 28th. If it's Verizon, it sure is taking them a long time to stop spamming me after I opted out.
[UPDATE: Spoke with Verizon. First level support had never heard of anything like this and kept talking about ads related to their program. And I kept saying, it's not ads, it's whole sites, and my browser getting sent to them and then pushed to the top overnight so I see it when I wake up. The fact that they had a hard time understanding what I was saying makes it seem like it's probably not Verizon.]
If it's not Verizon, it's got to be an app, right? I want this stopped immediately. What an intrusion.
The first time it happened was October 13 so I'm thinking it would be something that I either installed on Oct 12 or something I installed as much as two weeks prior to that. Here are the apps I've installed in the two weeks up to the 13th, separated by store. Some of these in my "purchase" list were actually just updates to stock apps. I'd never intentionally install anything VCast for example.
Do you know any of these apps to be the culprit of this sort of thing?
If it's Verizon, would flashing a non-stock ROM block their ability to do this?
ES File Explorer
Screencast Video Recorder Free
Skype mobile on Verizon
V Cast Music
DC Metro Transit
Elixir 2 - Widgets
AMAZON APP STORE:
SketchBook Mobile Express
Graffiti Pro for Android
Symphony of Eternity
Cut the Rope
handrite Note Pro
Treasures of Montezuma 2