1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    My mother in law is getting a lot of pop ups on her android tablet. I tried to post a link to a screenshot for you to see but it won't allow me to post with a link. Any suggestions on this and what to do?
    06-19-2018 08:56 AM
  2. Mooncatt's Avatar
    Tell her to ignore them and to stop visiting shady websites.

    I know that sounds snarky, but that's about the gist of it. These are nothing more than pop-up ads using a scare tactic to try convincing people to buy junk software. It's no different than if a random stranger came up to her on the street saying the same thing. It's physically impossible for a random website to A) access your phone, B) scan it in a matter of seconds, and C) find evidence of hacking, viruses, etc. They just tell you that in hopes you are spooked into buying their "spyware cleaner" or whatever they want to call it, then your phone is magically cleaned. In reality, there's nothing on the phone, the software is fake, and you just wasted money.

    These sorts of ads typically appear on less than desirable websites, like pirating and porn sites (not judging, just how it goes). Every once in a while one may sneak into a regular ad supported website. In these cases, she should report the ad to the site administrators so they can look into it and remove it.
    06-19-2018 09:36 AM

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