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App brought in spam? Says, "Zombie Farm Free!"
nvisages
Member

At the risk of sounding ignorant ... Anyone else ever have this happen? I downloaded a bunch of apps from the marketplace and now I keep getting these notifications with a green star, for example, "Get the #1 Game Zombie Farm Free!" Tap to find out more! (opt out at ...)" and of course the opt-out link doesn't appear on my screen.

Thanks for your help!

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Re: App brought in spam? Says, "Zombie Farm Free!"
Tidbits
Sr. Leader

It depends how the dev does it. Some if you uninstall them it stops. Like Let's Golf 3 for example(they notify you like once a week it seems like). Then there are ones 2-10 times a day...

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Re: App brought in spam? Says, "Zombie Farm Free!"
Tidbits
Sr. Leader

Yes those pesky apps... There's some pretty terrible developers out there.

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Re: App brought in spam? Says, "Zombie Farm Free!"
nvisages
Member

Wish I knew which app "did it" (although maybe it doesn't matter, probably the damage has been done and there's no undoing it) .... I think I was stupid that night, going around downloading like a fiend (smacks head) ...

Thanx for the quick reply!

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Re: App brought in spam? Says, "Zombie Farm Free!"
Tidbits
Sr. Leader

It depends how the dev does it. Some if you uninstall them it stops. Like Let's Golf 3 for example(they notify you like once a week it seems like). Then there are ones 2-10 times a day...

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Re: App brought in spam? Says, "Zombie Farm Free!"
nvisages
Member

Aaah, cool. I think I'll delete some of the apps I had installed. Some weren't what I expected anyway, like REALLY bad ... next time I'll be more discriminating, right?   Thanks so much for the info! Totally appreciate it!

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Re: App brought in spam? Says, "Zombie Farm Free!"
Tidbits
Sr. Leader

No problem. Word of advice look at the permissions. No game should require internet access and personal data in the same breathe.

Some offline games may need internet access though like for license validation(electronic arts for example).

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Re: App brought in spam? Says, "Zombie Farm Free!"
demmo86rt
Leader
Leader

For future reference, the newest, most dastardly ad feature of some apps is Airpush, which sends ads to your notification bar.  To find out which apps on your phone may have this "feature", you can use this: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.denper.addonsdetector&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSw..., and then, if you find any that are doing this, install this: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.airpush.optoutapp&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDE... and run it to permanently opt out.

I think this whole Airpush thing is a load of garbage, but at least they give you a way out of it.

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Re: App brought in spam? Says, "Zombie Farm Free!"
Tidbits
Sr. Leader

Also watch out for WAP permissions in the permission list.

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Re: App brought in spam? Says, "Zombie Farm Free!"
Wildman
Sr. Leader
Sr. Leader

Install AirPush Detector to find out which app is spamming you and delete it....  https://market.android.com/details?id=com.brosmike.airpushdetector&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGws...

Re: App brought in spam? Says, "Zombie Farm Free!"
tgreenwood
Member

This happened when I downloaded a free Aesop ebook. AirPush Detector, recommended above, helped me find out what it was.  I deleted the book, and the ads stopped.

If it's too good to be true, it's probably malware!

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