1. chanchan05's Avatar
    Basically I got a small list of apps with known aggressive ads (pop ups on homescreen, lockscreen takeover ads, etc). Let's add to this list!

    1. Dream Shell Icons
    2. Apps by EpicOmegaApps
    3. Apps by PINWHEEL
    4. Snap Pic Collage Color Splash
    5. Super-Bright LED Flashlight/Torch
    6. ES App Locker and ES File Explorer
    7. GO apps (GO Keyboard, GO Launcher, etc)
    8. KittyPlay
    9. Peel Remote App
    10. Photo Editor Pro
    11. TouchPal apps
    12. VideoShow video editor
    13. Xender
    14. Zero Team Apps (Z Camera, etc)
    15. HiFont
    16. Battery Doctor
    17. FotoRus
    18. UC Browser
    19. Apps2SD
    20. 360Security
    21. LOCX: App Lock
    22. XBrowser
    23. Solo Launcher
    24. Dolphin Browser
    25. Amber Weather
    26. PIP Camera
    27. KingoRoot
    28. Power Security Antivirus
    11-28-2018 09:32 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Ooh, great idea!
    EgretOwl2 likes this.
    11-29-2018 01:43 AM
  3. chanchan05's Avatar
    Ooh, great idea!
    Yeah. It would be nice if we can have people contributing to the list and we can sticky. At least that way we can just link and say, 'look here, if you have any of those, uninstall.'
    11-29-2018 02:08 AM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    What? No Cheetah Mobile apps listed? Or is that such a given that there's no need to list them?

    I'm going to sticky this thread so people can see it easily.
    EgretOwl2 likes this.
    11-29-2018 02:49 AM
  5. chanchan05's Avatar
    What? No Cheetah Mobile apps listed? Or is that such a given that there's no need to list them?

    I'm going to sticky this thread so people can see it easily.
    Well technically they're data miners right? Not aggro ads? I haven't tried them so I don't know how they do ads. These are stuff I encountered and lists from Malwarebytes and Symantec before on aggro ads.
    11-29-2018 03:04 AM
  6. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Oh yeah -- I was thinking of a different kind of shady ad practices: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article...chava-ad-fraud
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    11-29-2018 03:11 AM
  7. Javier P's Avatar
    One more for the list that I uninstalled from a friend's phone, Power Security Antivirus.

    There are hundreds of posts in the forums about these intrusive ads and a generic list of the apps pushing them include many categories: calculator, flashlight, keyboard, camera, antivirus, photo editor, PDF reader, free games ...

    In general this kind of apps have several bad reviews in the Play Store where users reported these annoying ads. My recommendation is to take a couple of minutes reading the reviews before installing any app and, of course, leave a one start review if you had this problem.
    11-29-2018 08:51 AM
  8. chanchan05's Avatar
    One more for the list that I uninstalled from a friend's phone, Power Security Antivirus.

    There are hundreds of posts in the forums about these intrusive ads and a generic list of the apps pushing them include many categories: calculator, flashlight, keyboard, camera, antivirus, photo editor, PDF reader, free games ...

    In general this kind of apps have several bad reviews in the Play Store where users reported these annoying ads. My recommendation is to take a couple of minutes reading the reviews before installing any app and, of course, leave a one start review if you had this problem.
    Added. Thanks. You know I'm really curious as to why people install these kinds of apps. Sure even if you want to install an AV just so you have something to do the thinking of whether an app is malicious or not for you, why go for the weird brands and not the more well known ones like Kaspersky, Bitdefender, AVG, etc.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    11-29-2018 09:22 AM
  9. Javier P's Avatar
    Added. Thanks. You know I'm really curious as to why people install these kinds of apps. Sure even if you want to install an AV just so you have something to do the thinking of whether an app is malicious or not for you, why go for the weird brands and not the more well known ones like Kaspersky, Bitdefender, AVG, etc.
    Yeah, I would love to have the right answer for that
    11-29-2018 09:34 AM
  10. Toto39's Avatar
    People see adds for them via Facebook and install them because the ad says your phone is infected. I deal with customers that will have 3+ AV, cleaner, and security apps due to this everyday.
    Javier P and chanchan05 like this.
    11-29-2018 08:40 PM
  11. Javier P's Avatar
    People see adds for them via Facebook and install them because the ad says your phone is infected. I deal with customers that will have 3+ AV, cleaner, and security apps due to this everyday.
    Good point.
    11-29-2018 09:15 PM
  12. Akshayshinde's Avatar
    I think you guys forgot about youtube
    11-30-2018 02:27 AM
  13. B. Diddy's Avatar
    YouTube doesn't serve up aggressive ads that popup and take over your screen. It gives you ads if you don't subscribe to YouTube Premium. If you subscribe, the ads go away.
    11-30-2018 02:40 AM
  14. Gary Smith6's Avatar
    Hey guys. I came across a post SOMEWHERE (god im kicking myself now!!!!) Of a guy that installed an app that blocked all the other apps permissions. He said it seemed to be working fine but had only just started testing. Anyone know what was used? Might have been a hacker with his own code, dammit, can't remember
    11-30-2018 02:54 AM
  15. Almeuit's Avatar
    I think you guys forgot about youtube
    There is a difference in normal ads versus aggressive ads. YouTube normally has ads just like Hulu does unless you pay. That is normal. Aggressive ads are things like take-over-phone ads.
    chanchan05 likes this.
    11-30-2018 03:00 AM
  16. chanchan05's Avatar
    Hey guys. I came across a post SOMEWHERE (god im kicking myself now!!!!) Of a guy that installed an app that blocked all the other apps permissions. He said it seemed to be working fine but had only just started testing. Anyone know what was used? Might have been a hacker with his own code, dammit, can't remember
    There's an app called Bouncer in the Play Store. It only gives temporary permissions to apps when you use those apps, then blocks them off if they're not active. At least that's how I understood it. I don't have apps that I feel I need to treat that way, so I don't use it.
    Gary Smith6 and mwake4goten like this.
    11-30-2018 03:47 AM
  17. TechTimid's Avatar
    Thanks for posting that list, I'm new to apps and am wary of loading any that may be troublesome to have on my phone. I haven't loaded any yet, but will refer to this listing before I do.
    01-22-2019 05:18 PM
  18. FincoApps's Avatar
    Well technically they're data miners right? Not aggro ads? I haven't tried them so I don't know how they do ads. These are stuff I encountered and lists from Malwarebytes and Symantec before on aggro ads.
    Not all of them are data miners. They just show Ads really frequently.
    Actually wished you tried them out first
    02-04-2019 04:43 AM
  19. chanchan05's Avatar
    Not all of them are data miners. They just show Ads really frequently.
    Actually wished you tried them out first
    That post was referring specifically to Cheetah apps. Which are apps that should never be installed in the phone as they already confessed to data mining as a company policy.
    02-04-2019 05:14 AM
  20. FincoApps's Avatar
    Guys, first of all, I'm new here and I'll like to say I'm happy to be part of this forum. I want to explain the general tactic behind most of these Apps from a professional point of view.

    Notice the sample apps @Javier P mentioned ie Calculator, Flashlight, Keyboard etc... They are all simple Apps. (Easy to create but have VERY high demand). Naturally, these are not Apps people would like to pay for, so the only monetization option left is via Ads.

    At my company, we recently started the same strategy for business. We research on the Apps that has the highest demand and can be easily developed in 2 days, then we infuse them with Ads.

    We considered the agressive Ads option but after reading Google's policy, we decided against it.

    What I'm surprised about is how are these Apps escaping the merciless Google
    02-04-2019 05:18 AM

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