1. The Pook's Avatar
    I have a Samsung Note 2 running 4.1.2.
    Google recently updated Google Play and now does many of their basic function updates through Play instead of through Android releases. Since this has happened I now get unasked for and unwanted Google Play ads for aps that appear on their site randomly popping up on my phone - not from within running apps, but just on the phone itself. There seems to be no way to stop this callous disregard for Google customers' privacy and personal space. Why do they imagine that doing such things will make me want to respond to their advertisers. It makes me disregard the ads entirely. This policy is good for no one, customers, advertisers, Google or Android.

    I don't mind ads appearing in free apps - that's why they are free, that's fine. But I didn't ask for this intrusion and interference when I bought the Android operating system on my phone. These ads interfere with running apps, like the phone app, or the alarm app. Google Play opens itself whenever the phone comes out of hibernation and displays a random app from the store, asking you to install it. When my alarm app goes off in the morning, instead of the screen with buttons to snooze or dismiss the alarm, I get the Google Play screen. When I finally get rid of that, the Alarm is nowhere to be seen, not even in the list of running apps behind the pull down screen, yet the alarm sound continues to go off the whole time. I have to go find the Alarm icon and open it again to turn the alarm off.

    THIS IS AN INFURIATING example of the way Google treats their users. There seems to be no way to turn these Google Play ads off - Google Play is no longer an app and you can't treat it like other apps. There is no way to complain about it to Google. The Contact Us tab on the Google Play site is a joke and doesn't work.

    HOW DO I GET RID OF THESE ANNOYING AND INTERFERING ADS?
    11-20-2013 07:32 PM
  2. Aquila's Avatar
    I've literally never seen that happen and suspect something is wrong with your device. Not only have I not seen it, but it completely violates Google's advertisment ethos. The only thing similar I can recall are apps that used to install shortcuts for other apps and push notifications to the device, and I consider both of those things, along with what you're describing, to be malware.

    Questions to help troubleshoot:

    Do you have any sideloaded apps or apps from third party app stores?
    How long has it been doing this?
    Can you take a screenshot of the ads?
    If there is a notification, you should be able to long press it and get an option for "App Info". Press that. What app is that? If it's something you don't recognize, press "force stop" and then "uninstall".
    11-20-2013 07:41 PM
  3. The Pook's Avatar
    It is not an app doing it, it IS the Google Play store doing it. No I have not downloaded a viral app. No it is not something wrong with my device. How could my phone cause that by a fault with the phone? The only apps I have come from either the Google Play store or Samsung or my phone company. It only started since the last Google Play update. The last ad that came up, just a minute ago, opened a Play Store window at a game called Marvel War of Heroes, but it has opened it at other apps also. There are no notifications.
    11-20-2013 08:14 PM
  4. Gamer_Radar's Avatar
    Its deff a rouge app. Try reinstalling your is.

    Take a screen shot next time?


    sent from my MOTO X using the android central app | Adv Repair Agent-geek squad
    11-20-2013 08:26 PM
  5. Aquila's Avatar
    Okay, well that is behavior that does not resemble anything the Play Store has ever done on any single device that I have handled or heard of. What you are describing is behavior typically linked to downloading "fake" or malware apps. It is possible to get apps like that from the Play Store, but they're rare.

    If you do not know what is wrong, how do you know that nothing is wrong? If nothing was wrong, we wouldn't be trying to troubleshoot what is wrong. This is an obvious case of malware, or a bug. Below are the solutions to either, including how to test if it is actually the Play Store update.

    If it is the Play Store
    , then it should stop if you roll back the update.
    That can be done by opening the app and hitting "uninstall", which will prompt you to uninstall updates restoring the factory version. If that makes the behavior stop, then you can try to update it again and see if the behavior resumes or is gone.
    If it is not the Play Store, then it will continue after that and the solution will be uninstalling the app that is causing the behavior.
    The second case is about 970% more likely, but you can easily test it to see which it is.

    If you're unable to locate the app, then a factory reset should solve it, but you'll have to decline the "auto backup" option at startup and then manually install each app.
    If that ends up being what you do, then be very careful about installing each app, watching for bugs like this with each one.
    Gamer_Radar likes this.
    11-20-2013 08:30 PM
  6. Old Stoneface's Avatar
    What the OP describes is not unlike what my wife tells me started happening to her Galaxy Tab 2 after she last updated to 4.2.2. I instead installed CWM and CM 10.1.3. I have experienced no such things.
    The Pook likes this.
    11-20-2013 08:59 PM
  7. The Pook's Avatar
    Okay, I will try that if the ads recur - I have just uninstalled an app from the Play Store called Cartoon Camera that I downloaded about the time of the Play update in case it is that, as the last time a rogue ad came up the Play Store app crashed and I got a system message saying that Cartoon Camera had stopped working did I want to report it. If the ads stop now I will know it is Cartoon Camera. If the still happen I will try rolling back the Play update as you suggest. Thanks for your help. (I misunderstood what you said earlier about it being a problem with my device - I took that to mean with the phone itself, but from your remarks here it seems you meant a problem with malware).
    11-20-2013 09:18 PM
  8. Mark Adam's Avatar
    OK,

    so this is happening to me too. I truly believe that it is NOT Google, but some 3rd party that has somehow figured out how to open the play store and take me to some game app. Zynga games see, to come up most often. I have a Nexus 5. When to phone comes out of hibernation, Google Play Store opens to a game app. It is annoying, of course. I have uninstalled all the zynga apps that I had and it still happens.

    My guess is that it is related to some app I installed (and I may not be able to get it out without a factory reset). Hopefully someone can help so I dont have to go through that.

    Thanks.

    M
    01-26-2014 10:57 PM
  9. Caped Codder's Avatar
    Lookout Ad Network Detector is a free app & can tell you where the ads are coming from. Good luck.

    Posted via Android Central App
    01-31-2014 05:58 AM
  10. Mark Adam's Avatar
    Hi there;

    I tried Lookout and avg and a bunch of others. None were able to tell me anything useful. Ran all checks and clean ups and still the issue persisted. So, I had to take drastic measures.

    1) manually backed up all pertinent files.
    2) Deleted all unwanted apps.
    3) Performed a hard reset also known as a factory reset Note: This is not for the faint of heart. Also, a hard reset can take 10-15 minutes, and it has no progress bar, so whatever you do, please let it take its own sweet time.
    4) After the reset, google auto-magically re-downloaded all of my apps.
    5) manually restored backed up files.

    Seems to have gotten rid of the problem.

    I really wish that I knew how the heck it got there in the first place.
    Anyway, good luck.

    Mark
    Golfdriver97 likes this.
    02-03-2014 11:55 AM
  11. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Hi there;

    I tried Lookout and avg and a bunch of others. None were able to tell me anything useful. Ran all checks and clean ups and still the issue persisted. So, I had to take drastic measures.

    1) manually backed up all pertinent files.
    2) Deleted all unwanted apps.
    3) Performed a hard reset also known as a factory reset Note: This is not for the faint of heart. Also, a hard reset can take 10-15 minutes, and it has no progress bar, so whatever you do, please let it take its own sweet time.
    4) After the reset, google auto-magically re-downloaded all of my apps.
    5) manually restored backed up files.

    Seems to have gotten rid of the problem.

    I really wish that I knew how the heck it got there in the first place.
    Anyway, good luck.

    Mark
    That is pretty drastic. Let us know if the issue persists or comes back.

    In addition to this post, I would highly suggest to replace apps slowly. In groups of three maybe four and run the phone for a few days. Then a few more apps. This helps pinpoint which app is the troublemaker, so it can be reported to Google.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    02-03-2014 04:49 PM
  12. Aquila's Avatar
    If there is a notification, you should be able to long press it and get an option for "App Info". Press that. What app is that? If it's something you don't recognize, press "force stop" and then "uninstall".
    Not sure if anyone actually tried this.
    02-03-2014 04:56 PM
  13. Mark Adam's Avatar
    Yeah, pretty drastic, but also kinda cool. Like in the old days when you get to reformat a drive...... a:>Format c: lol. As for adding apps back, that is a great idea. Given that I deleted most of the un necessary apps, I am hoping that it came from one of those.

    NothingIsTrue, there was no notifications when it popped up.

    On a totally new subject, if you are a golfer then you should check this out: GAME GOLF Mine just came by Fedex today. Not much good for me right now, given it is January, and we have a tonne of snow on the ground -- lol.

    Thanks for the help guys :-)

    M
    02-03-2014 06:21 PM
  14. timetry's Avatar
    I'm also wondering what the score is with Google ads. Not from apps, just popping up from nowhere and taking over the screen. The info button identifies them as google. I've tried various ad removers but none seemed to prevent them. Driving us back to iPhones??
    02-28-2014 05:58 AM
  15. Rogerperk's Avatar
    Mine is doing it to but only on a business phone. Not my personal one. Weird.
    06-24-2017 11:32 AM
  16. Boulevard Supply's Avatar
    I have the same issue on my Samsung LG3. The last thing I remember installing was a Google Voice command app for OK Google. I also recently installed Call Control - Call Blocker

    What ever it is seems to be draining my battery quicker as well

    I Click on PLAY STORE
    Click on the MENU
    Click MY APPS AND GAMES

    I UNINSTALLED
    - Google Photos
    - Call Control - Blocker
    - Google Play Games
    - Yahoo Mail
    - NFL Mobile
    - Yahoo Sports

    No Success as of yet
    07-27-2017 05:44 PM
  17. Boulevard Supply's Avatar
    UPDATE TO MY EARLIER POST

    I believe I have solved the issue. No ads so far...

    The last time I went to my home screen and the ad was there, there was also was showing a message about smart charging or something like that.

    What I did was on the
    top right of the home screen,
    when the ad is showing,
    simply tap the icon in the top right corner and click DISABLE. I haven't had an ad pop up since.
    07-27-2017 08:11 PM
  18. Doug Moffat's Avatar
    There is a current thread on Adguard. Read it!
    07-27-2017 08:27 PM

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