1. N4Newbie's Avatar
    This turned up in my wife's Nexus 5 notification shade. Does anyone know what app it is coming from?

    201.34 MB junks found!  Recommend to clean-screenshot_20151121-071047.jpg
    11-21-2015 06:26 AM
  2. N4Newbie's Avatar
    Ah, okay... It seems to be something recently added to ES File Explorer app.

    There are a number of complaints about it in the app's recent reviews: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...gs.android.pop
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    11-21-2015 06:36 AM
  3. mtkohl85's Avatar
    I can confirm this. And ES File Explorer is now uninstalled.
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    11-21-2015 03:56 PM
  4. syspry's Avatar
    I ditched ES months ago when I started getting suspicious that this app was "free" yet is so full featured. Then I dug further and found out that ES sends data in the background to the developer's China based server so they can sell it to ad companies. I didn't see overt ads yet it was still collecting data for sale. They just chose to do it in the background rather than opting to display open ads. I've since switched to FX file explorer which monetizes through selling addons rather than user data and it's just as good as ES with less bloat.

    I suspect something in marshmellow stopped ES from being able to datamine users in the background and forced them to openly show ads instead which is why you're seeing this now
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    11-21-2015 07:33 PM
  5. hallux's Avatar
    Ah, okay... It seems to be something recently added to ES File Explorer app.

    There are a number of complaints about it in the app's recent reviews: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...gs.android.pop
    I can confirm this. And ES File Explorer is now uninstalled.
    Yup, got the same notification on my Note 10.1 (2014) that's still on KK, got it shortly after I installed the ES File Explorer update. I promptly REMOVED the app from both devices. Now need to find a new file app. There's a Reddit thread on this topic, folks are suggesting FX File Explorer and Solid Explorer.
    11-21-2015 07:38 PM
  6. N4Newbie's Avatar
    I can confirm this. And ES File Explorer is now uninstalled.
    Yeah me too. From my wife's Nexus 5 yesterday and from my Nexus 6P just now; my phone installed the latest update during the night and I awoke this morning to the same offer to "clean" my device.

    It's too bad as I find having some kind of file browser on my phone very useful at times. I'll have to see what else is available.
    11-22-2015 07:13 AM
  7. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    FX file explorer
    Could you link to Play which app this is, please? I think I found it, but I would like to make sure.
    11-22-2015 08:46 AM
  8. syspry's Avatar
    Could you link to Play which app this is, please? I think I found it, but I would like to make sure.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...?id=nextapp.fx

    Dev is Nextapp Inc out of California
    11-22-2015 08:55 AM
  9. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...?id=nextapp.fx

    Dev is Nextapp Inc out of California
    Thanks. That is the app I thought it was, but like I said...wanted to make sure. I will probably start suggesting this app to other members in the future when the case arises.
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    11-22-2015 08:59 AM
  10. Trigati's Avatar
    Good info. I just uninstalled ES from my 6P. I'm trying File Manager by Asus' Zen Phone team. It seems really good, has no ads, and is free.

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    11-22-2015 12:30 PM
  11. srkmagnus's Avatar
    This is why I don't allow apps to auto-update. If there's a new feature I don't want then there's no reason to update. Even then, something like this should not be enabled by default, which is appears to be. It should be a pop-up informing of the new feature and how to activate, if you so choose, but should remain off by default.

    Thanks for posting - I uninstalled the app even though it had not updated. Plenty of other File Managers for me to use.
    11-22-2015 12:38 PM
  12. tonyr6's Avatar
    The "FX Plus" add-on adds media management, network (FTP, SFTP, SMB, WebDAV) and cloud capabilities (Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box, SugarSync). The "Plus" add-on is a paid app (with a 7-day free trial).
    It is useless to me. I use this all the time. I am tired of these free apps selling out all the time on Android. Many apps I got for free on iOS that stayed free to me even after they switched to pay but on Android not one app ever stayed free. It either got ads that I had to pay for or spyware. Maybe I will go back to Apple's strict app store policy's where I get updates day 1 and I can do a full complete backup without losing any app data. Now I understand why they are so strict they would have not allowed this crap.
    11-22-2015 01:14 PM
  13. DC Wuff's Avatar
    Long-time ES File Explorer user here. No longer. Buh-bye!
    11-23-2015 03:53 PM
  14. pcabe5's Avatar
    Since this is posted in the Marshmallow thread , I'll ask, can't you just turn off some of the app permissions you don't want? Thought that was part of 6.0.
    11-23-2015 05:29 PM
  15. hallux's Avatar
    Since this is posted in the Marshmallow thread , I'll ask, can't you just turn off some of the app permissions you don't want? Thought that was part of 6.0.
    Turning off app permissions is different from disabling an entire part of an app. Unfortunately, turning off the permission that would disable the ability to scan for junk to delete would also disable the main capability of the app (file access).
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    11-23-2015 06:04 PM
  16. MikeCorsten's Avatar
    This is quite alarming I've been a long time user of this app and suggested it to lots of folk, time to say see you then??
    11-24-2015 06:38 AM
  17. Wicket's Avatar
    check out Cabinet. Open sourced, Material Design and I found through Jerry I believe.
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    11-25-2015 01:24 AM
  18. tonyr6's Avatar
    Good info. I just uninstalled ES from my 6P. I'm trying File Manager by Asus' Zen Phone team. It seems really good, has no ads, and is free.
    I did clean the junk files when the alert showed up. I though since it was from ES File Explorer it was okay. I hope now I don't have no Chinese spyware on my phone. I blame Google and there stupid open platform for allowing this on there so called safe Play Store.

    Thank you using that gets me cloud storage management.

    check out Cabinet. Open sourced, Material Design and I found through Jerry I believe.
    Thanks for this too. Does not have cloud storage but it is great to manage local content.

    I already uninstalled ES File Explorer and ES Task Manger (does not work no more clean temp files or anything else does nothing). Now I have to go through the mess of getting rid of these junk apps on my parents phone.

    I just hope the two new file managers I am replacing with don't get greedy and start pushing ads. If they do it is a immediate delete.
    11-25-2015 10:37 AM
  19. bobdrad's Avatar
    Thanks for the helpful info!
    11-25-2015 12:25 PM
  20. bobdrad's Avatar
    This is why I don't allow apps to auto-update. If there's a new feature I don't want then there's no reason to update.
    I wish you were kidding. The single most important reason to update is to receive security patches. Unless you are completely OCD and closely monitoring the patch history for every single app you own, you'll miss a patch which closes a known security vulnerability.

    So it's important to leave automatic updates on. Sometimes this means you'll get a new feature you didn't want, or lose one you relied on, but that's better than leaving your front door open to hackers.
    11-25-2015 12:30 PM
  21. tonyr6's Avatar
    So it's important to leave automatic updates on. Sometimes this means you'll get a new feature you didn't want, or lose one you relied on, but that's better than leaving your front door open to hackers.
    I am not a security nut. I never once had someone take over my device without my permission. Years ago when I go my first 2 computers I did not even run a AV and did not get infected because I am careful.
    11-25-2015 02:10 PM
  22. anon(6142785)'s Avatar
    File manager by zenui Asus. Simple and works great.

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    12-07-2015 07:11 PM
  23. Chairman Honeycrisp's Avatar
    Interesting...anybody know if the Pro version removes the tracking?
    12-08-2015 04:37 PM
  24. bobdrad's Avatar
    I am not a security nut. I never once had someone take over my device without my permission.
    ... that you know of.

    That's the point. Somebody who harvests your data or joins your phone to their BotNet isn't going to send you a postcard telling you they did it. Unless it's one of those new encrypted, decrypt-for-ransom scams gaining popularity. Then you'll get a nice postcard asking for money in order to return your data. Seriously - not getting security updates is asking for trouble. By the time you discover you've been hacked it's too late. Everybody is fine until the moment they aren't. Then it's too late.
    03-28-2016 02:29 PM

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