Find those pesky Ad-pushing apps with Lookout

I never use ad-blocks. Not on my phone, or my computer. I completely understand that a developer has put in a ton of effort to create something that I’m using for free, and the least I can do is let them try to make money through advertisements.

But I have one golden rule: Keep those ads out of my notifications. I don’t care how good the app is, if you do that, I am going to uninstall you and give you a 1-star rating.

Only problem is, it can at times get extremely difficult to realize which app, in particular, is sending those notifications. Especially after downloading a substantial amount of them. Luckily enough, Lookout has us covered with their new Push Ad Detector.

The process is quite simple – just install the Detector and run a scan. It’ll give you a list of which apps use push-ad networks. the service also lists the networks used and helps you opt-out of these networks.

However, I don’t opt-out of them. I simply uninstall them. I’m not going to give a service private information, such as my IMEI, to stop them from spamming me.

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  • phonixor

    It’s already to late!
    They will snail mail spam you now!

  • feztheforeigner

    What has the world come to?! The Mayans were right!

  • Matt S


  • Loydster2

    FYI my wife installed the pintrist app and it sports ads to the notification bar. ANd now it is uninnstalled

    • SavageJeep

      Have her use the Pintrest mobile site. Much better as it is official whereas the other apps are not.

  • RobertoCalavera

    Awesome, I’ve been looking for something like this for awhile now.  Great find!

  • Nemesys06

    Just found out that my favorite flash light app is responsible for the ads in my notification bar… Now it’s gone

    • Giles Peach

       Try Tiny Flashlight…. it’s very cool, I think you will like it.

  • Robert Bonestell

    As a developer who makes money from in-app ads (Admob, specifically) I would like to see some statistics on what users prefer; notification bar ads versus in-app ads (that can be distracting and accidentally tapped such as in Angry Birds). How would people react to notification bar ads that only appear when you open the app?