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Have you heard of Madware? I’d never heard of it until very recently. If you have an Android phone like me (or an Android tablet), you should keep reading.
Madware, also known as aggressive mobile adware, places advertising in your Android device’s photo albums and calendar entries and pushes messages to your notification bar. Madware can even replace your ringtone with an ad. Can you imagine if you were in a business meeting and your phone rang with an ad? Yikes!
Three of the most popular apps are known to include madware are Brightest Flashlight Free, Zedge and Angry Birds / Angry Birds Space. Both Brian and I have Brightest Flashlight on our Android phones, and Brian also has Angry Birds for Zoë to play. Double yikes!
Other top Madware offenders include Sam’s Club, Assistant, TuneIn Radio, Flashlight and Music Paradise. If you have any of these apps, beware of madware!
Fortunately I haven’t noticed any intrusive ads from Brightest Flashlight yet, but now that I’m aware of Madware, I know what to look for and how to prevent it.
Since I’m now more educated about Madware, I downloaded Norton Spot , an ad detector and scanner fir advertising networks that can spam your device through apps you install. Norton Spot helps you identify apps that don’t respect your privacy and remove them.
When I scanned my phone with Norton Spot, it told me that I have 3 apps installs with a potential annoyance: Tetris, Brightest Flashlight and Easy Battery Saver. It’s good that knowledge so I can make a decision about what to do next.
I’m going to delete Tetris since it’s not essential. I’m debating whether I should uninstall Brightest Flashlight and Easy Battery Saver now that I know they can install Madware on my phone. They’re both such handy apps – what a bummer.
Norton Spot is free to download and install from the Google Play app store for Android devices (Madware only affects Android devices). If you have an Android phone or other device, I recommend downloading Norton Spot.
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