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Facebook audience ads not flagged by Malawarebytes

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These ads are THE worst, fullscreen ads that pop up irrespective of which app or browser you use, they pop up in their own browser apparently, Malawarebytes  does not flag it  for removal. Is there a Malawarebytes ADW version for Android, or does anyone know of a solution to remove this without having to factory reset? My kids have installed numerous apps on my mobile and I have no idea which app might be the culprit. I've uninstalled Facebook but it makes no difference. Any help would be sincerely appreciated.

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Hi @dwight007,

These types of ads are usually browser related. This is caused by the way most browsers handle redirections executed by javascript code.  Most browsers don't do a great job of preventing these redirects, which also cause ad pop-ups.  Advertising affiliates are aware of this, and exploit this weakness.  Even if an advertising affiliate is shut down for using this exploit, they just come back with a different affiliate id and are right back at it.

The best way to block these pop-ups are to try a different browsers, disable javascript, install a browser with ad blocking (like Opera), and/or install Ad-block Plus.

If you encounter these pop-ups again, back out of them using Android's back key. Also, clearing your history and cache will help stop the ads from reoccurring.

If this does work, we can do further analysis to see if you can Adware on your device.  Just let me know.

Thanks for reaching out,


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