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Discussion in 'HTC ThunderBolt' started by tituswife, Jan 18, 2012.

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    A widget that says market showed up on a desktop. When I touch it, it goes to a website, Handango, an app website. I've never been there before! How did it get there?

    Please help solve this mystery! Thanks!

    Sent from my stock Thunderbolt
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
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    Did you ever find your answer? My Bionic got it this morning. I've never downloaded this, just got up this morning and there it was on my home screen.....
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    Have you tried Airpush Detector? It may be from another app you installed.

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    Yes, I have. No luck. It doesn't show up in my apps either
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    Run airpush detector from the market, it's most likely an app. Usually some free music app.

    Sent from my Illudium PU - 36 Explosive Space Modulator.
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    I've tried Air Push and nothing comes up. I have searched my apps and it doesn't show up there. I opened it and it's "Handango Apps" It's for a bunch of free apps I've never heard of. I can delete the widget, but would really like to know where it came from and if it's still going to lurk around somewhere in my phone. I'm not very savvy with the tech side of my droid. I'm not rooted, stock, & running 5.9.902.XT875
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    This just happened to me after my phone turned off randomly, and restarted two or three times. Now it's on my homescreen.
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    Are you all on the stock ROM? Sounds like Verizon is pushing crap ware....

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    I'm on stock, but if it was doing that it would have forced it on me when market upgraded, at least I assume. That's when all the other bloatware auto-updated. I cleared all data in my market and it hasn't reappeared.
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    I went to a Sense ROM, not stock really, it is the partial Sense 4.0 port over at the Rootzwiki Development Forum... Anyway I think I have it too- purple icon that says "apps". Now that it's my problem, I will be looking into this more.....

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    For those of you with the widget, what recent applications have you guys installed prior to seeing the widget? My guess is that you guys probably can narrow down your culprit if it's an actual app that's causing this. If I come across this widget, then I'll let you guys know what apps I recently installed before that.
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    I had this stupid Fandango widget pop up when i downloaded kill office jerk. The game was actually sorta fun... but just stopped after a few kills. But as soon as it did quit, I saw that stupid widget that you're talking about. I sent the developer an email, no reply.
    There was another widget that was there too. I just deleted them and uninstalled them.
    sent from my MAXX.
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2012
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    Upon actually reading the description... it says that you receive these apps to keep their app free. Go look in the apps you've downloaded in the play store. Read in the descriptions.

    sent from my MAXX.
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    Damn, I just installed all of my "downloaded" apps at once yesterday.... ehhh it's not that important, but if we agreed to it in app terms, it's our faults for being too lazy to read the description. Not that it's a big deal, like everyone else I removed it.
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    I got the same widget and was equally puzzled. Razr Maxx, not rooted, recently installed battery calibration & skyvi. It did not show up in list if widgets when long pressing home screen & no apps downloaded saying handango or anything similar. Very strange!

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    Solution found?

    My wife's Bionic is now getting this. She tells me that various apps appear without her installing them -- she just deletes them, but eventually different ones appear.

    The two that she just showed me (including the handango one discussed in this thread) are actually links to browser page -- not installed apps. As observed above, I suspect that some application has been given permission to "install" these -- i.e., create links to browser pages. I don't know if this is actually one of the permission options, but it seems like a reasonable guess.

    Has anyone solved this? E.g., is there a way to search for applications that have been installed with a given permission?

    Thanks,
    Barry
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    Yes, air push detector should give you a list of any offending apps that push adds via homescreen icons or status bar notifications.
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    I tried Air Push Detector, but it failed to find the app. Then I want to the Amazon app where I get most of my apps and went in search, but I don't know what the permission would look like.

    Any idea how they phrase the permission to spam your Favorites screen?

    >> update:
    I believe the "offending" permission is:
    com.android.launcher.permission.INSTALL_SHORTCUT

    and I found it on the app: QR Droid
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012
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