How to remove Adware from an Android phone


remove adware on android phone

Do you get that unexpected Advert popup or sudden browser redirect (usually to a game, e-commerce or porn website) on your Android phone? Well, chances are you’ve been hit by an Adware. In my previous article on managing unwanted Android applications (see https://journal.hovatek.com/how-to-remove-bloatware-on-an-android-phone/ ), I explained what Bloatware are and how to manage / remove them. In this guide, we’ll be discussing Adware on Android phones and how to get rid of them. For PC users making use of Google Chrome browser, see https://journal.hovatek.com/how-to-remove-adware-from-google-chrome-pc-browser/ .

What are Adware?

Adware are programs / scripts which serve advertisements (mostly unsolicited) to target users. The adverts being referred to here could either be media (for viewing / listening) or sponsored applications (for installation).

How do I know when my phone has been infected with Adware?

Adware don’t necessarily have to be installed on your Android phone to do their job. They could be embedded in websites you visit. Some symptoms to look out for include:

  • Frequent popup adverts (whether while using your phone or visiting a website) on your screen
  • Constant redirects to Google Play Store, E-commerce websites or Download websites
  • Unsolicited applications being automatically installed or updated on your phone

I see adverts saying “Your phone is at risk, you have virus, scan now”, is this true?

Ignore them, they’re just advertisements (or even Malware) and nothing more.

Are Adware dangerous or can they harm my phone?

Adware are often more annoying than dangerous since what they do is flood your phone with unsolicited adverts and app installs; degrading user experience in the process. Some Adware are however a security (and bandwidth) risk as they collect personal information and force-install other unsolicited applications.

How could my Android phone have gotten infected by Adware?

Adware could infect your phone as a result of the applications you install and spammy websites you visit.

How do I remove Adware on an Android phone?

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Some measures to implement when infected with or plagued by Adware include:

  • Use a browser that supports Ad blocking like UC web browser
  • Uninstall all suspicious applications
  • Install a good Antivirus like AVG , Avira , Malwarebytes or Avast and scan the phone
  • Do a factory reset either under Settings > Storage or in Recovery mode (see https://forum.hovatek.com/thread-479.html)
  • Format (wipe the entire ROM) the phone then re-flash the Stock ROM. This method helps eradicate Adware at the /System level

How do I protect my Android phone from Adware?

  • Avoid installing applications indiscriminately
  • Avoid frequenting websites that popup / popunder several ads while you navigate
  • Install an Ad blocker apk like Adblock Plus 

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18 comments on “How to remove Adware from an Android phone

idowu muhydeen ologbenla

Nice job keep it up

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jamixy

after following all ds procedure…ma m7 stil hang wen am playing games or making calls…also there is this apps that will nvr uninstall from my phone…

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Hovatek

ok. it means you’ll need to wipe your system partition and I can guide you step by step.
before we proceed, is the phone rooted?

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jamixy

yes sire……
Is rooted

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jamixy

yes sire…
The phone is rooted

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jamixy

yes sire….. the phone is rooted

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Hovatek

ok. backup the phone using the guide @ https://forum.hovatek.com/thread-468.html
let me know when you’re done backing up
its important you backup the phone just incase something goes wrong.
i’l be waiting…

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jamixy

error during copying file between phone and pc

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Hovatek

download MTK droid tools from a different source.
refer to https://forum.hovatek.com/thread-7655.html

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jamixy

still having the same issue

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Hovatek

use a different PC and USB cord.
download MTK droid tools @ https://forum.hovatek.com/thread-468.html

jamixy

I try all D’s still no gud result
pls just tell me on hw I can flash my m7

jamixy

after downloading…???

Hovatek

i already told you what to do in my previous reply

jamixy

I HV try all d method in other to backup my m7….still gt diff errors….pls just help me on how to flash the phone..am tired of all D’s malfunctions
tnxxxxxx

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