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« on: July 13, 2012, 02:15:31 PM »

I just switched over from the iPhone, and the very first day I get my new S3, there are notifications that I could win an iPhone!  Anyway, these things keep popping up, and I keep clearing them.  Someone told me that there is adware installed on my phone from AT&T.  I also could not find a way to delete or remove these programs.  Is there anything other than rooting I can do to remove the "forced to have" programs on my phone, or at least block them from sending me annoying advertisements?  I would like to keep my regular notifications, you've got mail, text, missed call, download complete, etc.

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2012, 02:23:36 PM »

to get rid of the ads, try this https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brosmike.airpushdetector&hl=en it's called AirPush detector , it worked brilliantly when I installed a rogue game a while ago.

the unwanted programs: I'm not sure if this works for unrooted phones but if you go into the application manager scroll to the app you want to get rid of and select disable, (uninstall updates if it says that, then disable), it doesn't remove them but sort of just disables them if you decide you want them back, just go to the bottom of that list and they'll be there just click enable.

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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2012, 08:56:15 AM »

Thanks, I am going to try that.  I only have one more question though, I'm new to the whole android thing, so how do I know what programs I need and don't need.  Like S Voice I know I need, but some of the others, I have no idea.
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2012, 09:00:50 AM »

Trial and error I guess, what apps I don't use and would remove might be your favourite ones - if you get my meaning, the beauty of just disabling them (If you can)  is that if you decide you want them it's just a case of re-enabling them, whereas if you actually remove the apps then it would be a reflash of the firmware to get them back.
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2012, 10:42:28 AM »

Yes.  I was just afraid to disable something that was critical to the operation of the phone.  I guess I can make a list of the apps and research them to see what each one does and then start removing the ones I don't see a need for.  This is going to take awhile, but in the end, will be worth it IMO.
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2012, 07:23:23 AM »

Ok, I disabled a ton of programs that I don't think I'll use.  If I ever need it, I just have to re-enable it.  Also, you can not disable certain apps, so this keeps people like me from accidently disableing something vital to the operation of the phone.  Thanks, and I hope this ends the non-stop pop ups.  I'll check back later and let you know if it worked or not.
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2012, 07:43:47 AM »

excellent, glad it worked Big Smile
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