Who has been browsing on an Android smartphone but suddenly annoying advertisements appear? Events like this are certainly frustrating because it makes browsing or other activities on the smartphone uncomfortable.
In addition to making it uncomfortable, the pop-up ads that often appear suddenly also indicate your smartphone are attacked by malware. The characteristics of smartphones affected by malware include pop-up advertisements, Google Chrome’s front page that changes frequently, unwanted Google Chrome extensions reappear, and warnings about viruses.
Then, how do you get rid of ads on Android smartphones and the malware that causes them? Let’s continue to see three ways to eliminate ads on Android smartphones without the root process as summarized from various sources.
1. How to get rid of ads in the Chrome browser
If you often use the Google Chrome browser for browsing, you can use this method to eliminate annoying advertisements. First, open the Google Chrome application and click the three vertical dots on the top right then select the Settings menu.
Scroll down to the Site Settings option and click the Pop-ups and redirects option. Click the toggle until it turns gray and blocks pop-up ads.
You can also block ads on certain sites by clicking on the Ads option under the Pop-ups and redirects option. Then click the toggle to gray and the ad is blocked.
In addition, you can also eliminate unwanted notifications from certain sites. Still in the Site Settings menu, look for the Notifications option. Then click the toggle until it is grayed out and there is a Blocked description.
2. How to Get Rid of Ads with Applications
If your Android smartphone uses a browser other than Google Chrome, there is also a separate way to remove advertisements in the browser by using a third-party application.
You just need to download the Adguard Content Blocker application on the Google Play Store or directly from the Adguard website. This application can be downloaded for free, but the free version is only limited to eliminate ads in the browser. While the paid version can eliminate ads in other applications.
This application can also remove ads without root because AdGuard can work in VPN mode.
3. How to Get Rid of Ads and Malware
In addition to the two ways above, you can also eliminate ads that appear suddenly on an Android smartphone because of malicious applications and malware. Apart from removing advertisements, this method can also make your device safer.
The first step is to delete the problematic application. Press the power button and hold the Power Off option on the screen to restart your smartphone in safe mode. Then delete the applications you just downloaded one by one.
Every time you delete an application, restart your device, as usual, to see if the newly deleted application resolves the problem. After finding and removing the problematic application, you can download the other application that has been deleted again.
After that, you can protect your smartphone from malicious applications by activating the Play Protect feature. The trick is to open the Google Play Store app then click on the menu at the top left.
Then scroll to the Play Protect menu, and click the gear icon on the top right side. After that click the ‘Scan for security threats’ toggle’ until green to activate Play Protect.