How to Remove Android Spambots from Your Phone
It's understandable that free Android apps often use advertisements to make money. However, many of these ads can behave a lot like spam.
Want to hear the good news about Android spambots first? Unless they’re a form of malware, spambots are pretty harmless. That being said, they can still behave in a frustrating manner on your phone. Spambots commonly appear as ads in free Google Play store apps. They’re designed to attract a user’s attention, then lure them into clicking on the ad. Bright, colorful, and persistent — spambots make themselves very hard to miss! Although, you sure wouldn’t miss them if they disappeared one day. Click here to make sure that you don’t have any malicious bots or apps on your phone:
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The Two Types of Spambots
When it comes to Android’s spambots, there are two main types on your apps, which you’ll most commonly run into:
- Push Alerts: Push alerts, also known as “push notifications,” show up when you’re not actively using the specific app. Apps will spam you with alerts in an attempt to make you use their app. Often, you can try to manage push alerts by going into an app’s notifications settings. Be forewarned: you’ll have to perform this action manually with every app.
- Icon Ads: The Google Play store has already officially banned this type of spam. However, it may still appear on older versions of apps, if you download them from a third-party store. What are icon ads, exactly? Well, they show up on your home screen, as if you’ve downloaded a new app. But when you go to click on them, the icon brings you to an ad network.
Getting Rid of these Spambots
Often, installing an ad blocking software is the easiest way to free your Android’s apps from spambots. Ad blockers are available in the Google Play store, and they’re great tools for cleaning out those pesky ads. Otherwise, if you don’t want to go down that route, the best advice would be to delete any “spammy” apps. They’re probably more trouble than they’re worth, anyway.