1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    So recently I have been getting these fullscreen ads that pop up on my s8. My screen will go white and say "processing" just before an ad pops up, and I'll look at it using the recent button and the banner reads "advertising". I have used malwarebytes and lookout and none of them seem to catch it. I can't find any apps that seem suspicious either. Any tips?
    12-11-2017 07:41 AM
  2. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    An app can connect to an adserver. It won't be obvious. It could be anything. Wallpaper, theme, photo enhancement, 3rd part flashlight, anything from Cheetah.

    You might not be able to figure out who. An app can update itself or drop some code. So factory wipe is a possibility.

    Adguard.com is not on GPS but offers system wide firewall VPN to block ads.

    A clean install, don't restore all your apps and data automatically to avoid future problems may seem extreme but best cure.

    Having something that doesn't belong and might be capturing screen data? Not worth trouble that poses.

    Even routers and many/moist Lot devices can be turned into bot or means of delivering malware.
    https://www.routersecurity.org/bugs.php
  3. pkcable's Avatar
    News Republic app maybe? OR some other ad supported app you recently installed?

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    12-11-2017 08:04 AM
  4. noodlepunk's Avatar
    Okay I have made an account, here is an image for reference as to what I mean.
    Attached Thumbnails Pop up ads on S8?-screenshot_20171211-053701.jpg  
    12-11-2017 08:46 AM
  5. pkcable's Avatar
    Ok it does NOT look like News Republic. I don't recognize their symbol at all. THAT is what you need to find. Let me do some digging.
    12-11-2017 09:48 AM
  6. pkcable's Avatar
    I tried to google search your image but it didn't lead me to the rogue app. You are going to have to manually check your apps list. Go to Settings, then Apps, then scroll through that list look for that symbol from the upper left of your photo, UNINSTALL that app! If you can't find the symbol then uninstall your other most recent apps.
    12-11-2017 09:59 AM
  7. noodlepunk's Avatar
    Okay so I have been sifting through my apps and I can't find any with that symbol. I went through he apps on my phone through settings and playstore and nothing? Would I have to FDR?
    12-11-2017 10:42 AM
  8. pkcable's Avatar
    Okay so I have been sifting through my apps and I can't find any with that symbol. I went through he apps on my phone through settings and playstore and nothing? Would I have to FDR?
    That's an option, but let me see if I can get others to come help.
    12-11-2017 10:58 AM
  9. noodlepunk's Avatar
    Awesome thanks I'll wait til you find something.
    12-11-2017 11:02 AM
  10. noodlepunk's Avatar
    Awesome thanks I'll wait til you find something.
    12-11-2017 11:24 AM
  11. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    An app can connect to an adserver. It won't be obvious. It could be anything. Wallpaper, theme, photo enhancement, 3rd part flashlight, anything from Cheetah.

    You might not be able to figure out who. An app can update itself or drop some code. So factory wipe is a possibility.

    Adguard.com is not on GPS but offers system wide firewall VPN to block ads.

    A clean install, don't restore all your apps and data automatically to avoid future problems may seem extreme but best cure.

    Having something that doesn't belong and might be capturing screen data? Not worth trouble that poses.

    Even routers and many/moist Lot devices can be turned into bot or means of delivering malware.
    https://www.routersecurity.org/bugs.php
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    12-11-2017 11:32 AM
  12. noodlepunk's Avatar
    So you recommend a factory wipe as the best course of action
    12-11-2017 02:19 PM
  13. pkcable's Avatar
    I was really hoping others would come by now, but alas my friends may be busy.
    12-11-2017 02:25 PM
  14. Chris5483's Avatar
    Before factory resetting I would look through all your apps see if you installed any recently. You can either disable or uninstall all the sketchy apps and see if that stops it. My S8 doesn't do that so it has to be something that you installed.
    12-11-2017 02:36 PM
  15. noodlepunk's Avatar
    I have skimmed through and deleted my most recent apps installed but as of now I have not had any pop ups so we will have to wait I suppose.
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    12-11-2017 02:38 PM
  16. Chris5483's Avatar
    Ok, if you want to screenshot all your apps that might help others figure it out also
    12-11-2017 02:39 PM
  17. noodlepunk's Avatar
    I was really hoping others would come by now, but alas my friends may be busy.
    It's okay I'm I deleted my moat recently installed apps so hopefully that fixes it.
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    12-11-2017 02:39 PM
  18. Chris5483's Avatar
    Ok let us know if it doesn't!
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    12-11-2017 02:41 PM
  19. noodlepunk's Avatar
    So here all my apps that I have on my phone. The Wallpaper itself is a picture I took with my onboard camera app.
    Attached Thumbnails Pop up ads on S8?-screenshot_20171211-124032.jpg   Pop up ads on S8?-screenshot_20171211-124037.jpg   Pop up ads on S8?-screenshot_20171211-124042.jpg  
    12-11-2017 02:42 PM
  20. Chris5483's Avatar
    If it continues I would disable the following apps to see if it stops. You can also do it one by one if you want to see what specific app is doing it. I'm either never heard of or don't have any experience with the following apps: acorns, bitmoji, credit karma, group me, Metrolink, offer up, name is, pay range, phonto, Robinhood, and stock twits.

    Any of those could be less than scrupulous, IMO.
    12-11-2017 02:51 PM
  21. Javier P's Avatar
    I would start uninstalling Clean Master. Just remember to 'force stop' and 'clear data' before uninstalling.
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    12-11-2017 02:54 PM
  22. pkcable's Avatar
    I would start uninstalling Clean Master. Just remember to 'force stop' and 'clear data' before uninstalling.
    For sure, get rid of it! ASAP!
    12-11-2017 03:19 PM
  23. noodlepunk's Avatar
    If it continues I would disable the following apps to see if it stops. You can also do it one by one if you want to see what specific app is doing it. I'm either never heard of or don't have any experience with the following apps: acorns, bitmoji, credit karma, group me, Metrolink, offer up, name is, pay range, phonto, Robinhood, and stock twits.

    Any of those could be less than scrupulous, IMO.
    Well the apps I have had long before rhe problem began so I ruled those out but do you think they could be a possible reason?
    12-11-2017 03:22 PM
  24. noodlepunk's Avatar
    I was under the impression that app was okay? But I have uninstalled it.
    12-11-2017 03:23 PM
  25. Chris5483's Avatar
    Any of those or none of those could be the problem. the ones I listed I just have no personal experience with so I can't vouch either way for them.
    12-11-2017 03:27 PM
  26. VDub2174's Avatar
    I was under the impression that app was okay? But I have uninstalled it.
    From the apps you showed, Look Out will help with any performance issues. Make sure you have an account for that.
    12-11-2017 03:27 PM
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