jair asks in the Android Central forums:

Hello guys,

Today, April 12th around 1 p.m. CDT, I started getting this strange plus green symbol on my EVO 4G notifications bar (I will be attaching two pictures here) Has anyone perhaps mention anything about this? Notice the green + sign in the notification bar.

Here is when I open it: there is a spam about dating and girls site or something. Please help what should I do to get rid of this and protect from happening again, also this will help others to prevent get the same spam.

Thank you!

Ugh. It looks you ran into what's commonly called an "airpush" ad. They come from certain advertisement SDKs that put that notification bar spam there, hanging all out and trying to get you to click it. They are inherently evil, like Reagan in the Exorcist kind of evil. Good thing finding which app is doing it is fairly easy.

Grab Lookout Ad Network Detector from the Google Play store. It's free, and will scan all your apps to see what they can, and can't do. One of the apps that gets listed as able to place ads in the notification bar is the culprit. Uninstall it, and never look back.

It's worth noting that just because an app can put ads in the notification bar doesn't mean they are doing it. Different capabilities come from different ad SDKs, and some folks may have the ability and aren't using it. We call them the good guys.

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There are 26 comments

tejaskary says:

Awesome info, Jerry ! I don't have this issue now, but had it long back on my Incredible and didn't know what to do !

Of course, if you are rooted you can also install Adaway and get rids of most if not all ads :D

atlas9171 says:

AirPush Detector is also an option, works well for me.

Gator352 says:

I like spam-n-egg sammiches with cheeeese!

wonkman says:

It's Regan from the Exorcist. Are you trying to get all political or is that some meme I don't know.

newboyx says:

Have you ever seen the Exorcist?

wonkman says:

Yes and the character's name is Regan MacNeil. Jerry wrote "Reagan" as in Ronald Reagan the 40th president.

Dinehtah says:

Holy overblown response to a typo Batman! :)

UncleMike says:

Airpush ads are apparently still a problem, but their existence is old news. This is blog-worthy because...?

KSmithInNY says:

Because obviously not every android user is aware. No harm no foul. There's plenty of new content on this site for those who are aware of air push :)

rsa says:

Because I didn't know about it. . .thats why!

demontooth says:

Why are people such dicks??? Were there so many dicks in the world before the Internet but they just didn't have a platform to push their dickness into the world?

Milad6923 says:

its not a airpush , its just a spam caused by installing trash apps from the store , just look around and see what shaky apps have you installed recently!

KSmithInNY says:

Unless you asked the OP which app was the culprit, then verified said app is not an airpush client, then this may very well be airpush.

The commonly used term for these ads is airpush but that's a brand, not a description. Same concept as q tips (cotton swabs technically ) or Kleenex (facial tissue). Sometimes a brand becomes a commonly accepted description of a product many different companies offer.

In the case of airpush ads (status bar advertising ) there are other companies offering the same product but people don't know their names such as leadbolt or appenda.


RickMG says:

Funny...I downloaded the program and the only program allowing ads in the notification bar was Android Central. :)


demonjrules says:

Same here. I LOL'd

i1der says:

go launchers and their go apps/widget have them... I kind used to like Go launcher, too bad, i uninstall right away when found out

wonkman says:

That's news to me. None of my Go Launcher widgets have ads. I don't use them all though. I use 6 widgets and the launcher and Go Locker and have never seen an ad.

1bent says:

Another ad network detector is Appbrain's, I don't know how it compares to lookout.

Elimental says:

I prefer this, much better interface than lookouts option with loads more information.

It even reports what SDK's are included inthe aps like Facebook, Twitter Google Analytics and more, so you know exactly what apps does what.

A14dex says:

GET LOOKOUT AD DETECTOR. I use to have ads on my tablet and couldn't figure it out until I got the app it told me it was some tablet wallpaper app. It tells you right away which app is causing the ads. And its lookout so u know u can trust it.

blaxican25 says:

i use air blocker to block airpushed ads

tgrant1975 says:

Thank you so much. Those push ads were driving me crazy on my HTC rezound.

I had this problem on my Epic 4G Touch. I found this app called "Airpush Permanent Opt out" in the play market. I used it once, then uninstalled the app. Never had a problem with that again. This app is useful for those who don't root their phones. Of course, you do have the experts on here who can give you better options if you do have a rooted phone.

Hope this helps. :-)

babytazz18 says:

I had this problem last night around the same time also. Couldnt figure out what was causing it. good thing I know now. Going to download a.s.a.p.

J240 says:

I occasionally get ads in my notification bar (but instead of a plus sign, its a little green android). I installed the lookout ad network detector app but it shows zero apps are able to display ads in the notification bar. Anyone have any other suggestions?

paulw3 says:

I was getting this problem on my SGS2 with Android 2.3.3 and I couldn't find an answer. Wish I had found this forum. Anyway it went away when I upgraded to ICS thank god and it never came back again..