The cold war between users Android and iOS, the winner of which was still undecided even after a whole decade, was devoid of any sense from the very beginning. The goal of those who supported this confrontation was a banal, albeit not entirely logical, desire to prove to the opponent that their choice was the right one. But, as usually happens in such situations, neither one nor the other side received any benefit from their convictions, so the war ended as unexpectedly as it began, because everyone remained with his own. But the unofficial winner, it seems, turned out to be precisely the adherents iOS.
Android and Internet Explorer have a lot in common
A serious drawback Android, which for some reason is not on iOS, is the abundance of malware. But while spyware or keyloggers stealing passwords still need to be managed, so-called adware (advertising trojans) are all over the place even on Google Play. Once on the device, they, like a giant octopus, scatter their tentacles throughout the operating system and inject an ad script into its components. As a result, banners appear even where they should not be a priori: in the browser, in system applications, in the notifications point and many other places.
Why are there no adware viruses on iOS
Even Google Play is infiltrated by adware
Interestingly, this type of application cannot do the same with iOS. Attackers can try to deceive the App Store and place fraudulent software in the catalog assortment that provokes users to subscribe, they can even clone the entire file system, but it is impossible to inject banner ads into the operating system code. iOS is too well protected for that, so even if you open a malicious site on iPhone or iPad or install adware, what happens to Android, you are guaranteed not to be threatened.
It turns out that in this sense Android is a real analogue of Internet Explorer in its 'best' years. If you remember, the proprietary browser Microsoft until the very moment it was replaced by Edge in Windows 10 suffered from a lack of protective mechanisms that could block the action of adware that provokes pop-ups and spontaneous download of malicious components. not to mention the automatic replacement of the start page. Therefore, if you did not have high-quality antivirus programs, you probably at least once came across ads that fill all the free space.
How to remove ads on Android
Is it possible to fight ad attachments on Android? The easiest way to do this is before they even get to your device. To do this, all you need is not to download any kind of software from any sources, but to use Google Play for this and make it a rule, in principle, not to use APK files. However, due to the fact that cybercriminals often manage to deceive the security mechanisms of the catalog, malware also occasionally infiltrates its assortment. Therefore, before downloading an unknown program, read the reviews – there will certainly be references to the presence of ubiquitous advertising, if there really is one.
In case you have already run into a malicious application with ads that have embedded banners in the operating system, you can try to remove it using an antivirus. To do this, you can use solutions from Kaspersky Lab or Malwarebytes. Just install antivirus software on your smartphone and run a security scan. As a result, you will see the results and, probably, a proposal to delete the files that pose a threat. Otherwise, your only option is to reset your smartphone to factory settings or block DNS ads, as described here.