How to Remove Ad pop-ups and Malware on Galaxy S20

Tired of seeing many pop-up ads on your new Samsung smartphone? If that is so, then this post is for you. Here’s a quick guide on how to remove ad pop-up and malware on the Galaxy S20.

Smartphones are among the widely used virtual platforms for various kinds of advertisements. In fact, majority if not all contents already integrate pop-up ads. An example of this is when you’re in the middle of playing a game and then relevant apps are played from time to time. While this is beneficial to some, many smartphone users find this annoying. Thankfully, there’s a way to get rid of these annoying pop-up ads on your homepage, lock screen or within your galaxy s20 apps. 

To stop these ads from popping up on your phone, you have two options. First is to disable the app that keeps showing pop-up ads and second is to completely uninstall the app from your device. If the ads have been popping up for a while, checking and modifying a few settings to determine which apps are the underlying cause would be necessary. 

Keep reading for more information.

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Easy steps to remove ad pop-ups and malware on Galaxy S20

Time Needed : 5 minutes

The following steps will help you identify apps on your Galaxy S20 that keep showing pop-up ads and malware. For those who are not yet familiar with the Android platform, I’ve provided individual screenshots depicting the given instructions. Start whenever you’re all set.

  1. To get started, open Google Play Store.

    The Play Store app icon is usually found among other essential app shortcuts on the Home screen.
    Just tap the Play Store icon to open it.

    remove ad pop-ups and malware on galaxy s20 - open play store

  2. From the Play Store main screen, tap the Menu icon.

    This icon is represented by a triple line located on the top-left corner of the screen, within the Google Play search field.
    A list of sub-items will then be displayed.

    remove ad pop-ups and malware on galaxy s20 - play store menu icon

  3. Tap My apps & games to continue.

    Doing so will launch a new screen that contains a list of apps installed on your device.

    remove ad pop-ups and malware on galaxy s20 - my apps and games

  4. Tap the INSTALLED tab.

    Doing so will open a list of sorted apps that are recently installed on the device. These are the apps you have downloaded from the Play Store.

    remove ad pop-ups and malware on galaxy s20 - installed apps

  5. Tap Alphabetical to sort the apps in alphabetical order.

    You will then see the apps listed alphabetically.

    remove ad pop-ups and malware on galaxy s20 - alphabetical order

  6. If prompted, select Last used from the Sort By options.

    A list of apps that you’ve recently used will then be displayed.

    remove ad pop-ups and malware on galaxy s20 - last used apps

  7. Tap to choose any from the most recently used third-party apps and uninstall or disable it. 

    If the ads are still popping up, try to disable the next app until the pop-up ads stop appearing.

    remove ad pop-ups and malware on galaxy s20 - uninstall app

You can reinstall or re-enable the apps that aren’t showing pop-up ads after identifying the bad app(s) given that pop-up ads are no longer appearing.

While pop-up ads can help businesses increase brand visibility, seeing a lot of these apps can eventually become so annoying especially for smartphone users. As a matter of fact, these apps can interfere with any work or task you’re carrying out on your phone.

In addition, some ads are also being used as hosts for malicious software (malware) to breach personal information from potential consumers. That said, smartphone users are likewise allowed to manage these pop-up ads and get rid of them, if necessary.

And that covers everything in this tutorial. Please keep posted for more comprehensive tutorials, tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your new Samsung galaxy s20 smartphone. 

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