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Question about pop-ups and misdirects on an LG G2

Ms.arteest 5,912 1,847 March 9, 2014 at 01:19 AM
I purchased an LG G2 in November, through Sprint. I have been a Sprint customer for 10 years and have never encountered any problems with pop ups and misdirects, but for the last 6 weeks or so, they are my constant, unwanted companions. I am running Lookout and Adblock Plus (on WiFi), but I am still having some problems. After I finally got the proxy settings correct on Adblock, traffic started flowing through the appropriate port, but I am still getting some pop ups. The misdirects occur with great frequency and seem to go, 90% of the time, to the Google Play store. I have only downloaded a few apps, and only from trusted sites and all are scanned with Lookout before they are installed and/or opened. I can't seem to find any settings to control the problem and I would appreciate any suggestions, as I am ready to flush my phone down the toilet!

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try a hard reset and start over. I'm not on sprint, I get no redirects or popups
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reset phone to factory,some adaware apps spam as well
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Thanks. I'll try that.
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I must add, those pop up adverts are very annoying.
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forgot to mention, hold down home key (for task) and shut down 1 at a time you think might be causing it
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Don't sideload apps. Stick with apps available in the play store. Looks like Root is required for the sideloaded adblock plus. For the average user running root is not worth it. After the OP I would definitely say this is the case here.

I am also wondering if possibly the OP set some things to open with the play store by default so when they are trying to open a legit app with a link it is defaulting to the play store. In the future OP might give us some names of the ads or screen shots.

Either way a factory reset is probably the easiest way to clean this up and start again.
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I noticed the LG G2 (at least the Sprint version) redirects you to the play store when an update is available for an app, rather than letting you use the old version and just informing you it needs to update... not certain how to change that setting if that is part of the redirect annoyance. A family member got the phone recently, and it did this straight from factory settings, even with extremely basic (mostly Google) apps. Tried a couple resets and some research, but found no way to disable. It doesn't seem to impede much if you keep everything up to date, however. Not sure if this is the 'redirect' you are experiencing or not.

For adware from apps, Addon Detector is very nice for identifying stuff. It has a notification monitor that can help you ID what app triggered a notification even if others do not detect it as a known advertising addon. Even just an annoying notification is identified by its source.
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I have the Verizon LG G2 and don't see this. You may have some apps set to do some strange defaults. They can be cleared in the application manager.

I would say do a factory reset to make sure you killed the problem. Then browse a bit without installing anything. If the problem is gone, start putting you stuff back one app at a time while testing that the issue does not come back.

If you rooted to get adblock working, then don't do that again. Don't sideload apps either. "Trusted" sites don't exist unless they come through the play store. Tempting to get free stuff that way, but you are exposing yourself to a world of hurt. The scanners that android currently has for apk's just are not that amazing yet. So many allowed functions are just not things you would want running unless they are absolutely needed.
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Does anyone have trouble being heard on their G2? I have to keep mine dam near on my cheek to be heard clear. If I move it away an inch, it sounds like I'm holding my phone at arms length.
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Quote from stufine View Post :
Does anyone have trouble being heard on their G2? I have to keep mine dam near on my cheek to be heard clear. If I move it away an inch, it sounds like I'm holding my phone at arms length.
It sounds fine when my family member uses it, and they are not always all that clear on many other phones.
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