Google Play Now Coming With Spam Notifications?

I’ve been having a problem for the past few weeks and I’m still not sure where it’s coming from.

Update: A reader identified the problem as being a spammy ad network (it came hidden inside an app). He recommended that I use an Android app called Airplay detector to identify the spammy app.

Shortly after the Android Market became Google Play, I noticed that mysterious icons started appearing on my Samsung Galaxy Tab. The icons turned out to be links to app pages in Google Play, and I’ve been seeing links for 2 apps in a particular: Youtube Offline, Mario Kart.

The odd thing about this is that I’ve only been spammed by the 2 apps. Each has shown up several times, and they only started showing up after I installed the Google Play update. I’ve asked around on Twitter, but no one seems to have noticed the issue.  That is itself rather odd, but after doing some googling I found that at least one Android blog also got the spam for Mario Kart.

The thing is, I just got another piece of spam today, and I’m really getting tired of it. Is anyone getting this kind of spam on your Android Tablet? Any idea where it comes from?

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. meth1 April, 2012

    Sounds like Airpush. If you’re curious, run airpush detector to see if you have any apps on your device that have it. Otherwise, you can just opt out of it.

    1. Nate Hoffelder1 April, 2012

      Thanks! It was Airpush.

      This was a new one for me.

  2. Artem Russakovskii2 April, 2012

    An even better option is Lookout Ad Network Detector: – it detects far more than just Airpush.

    1. Nate Hoffelder29 April, 2012


    2. Darryl Brooks31 January, 2013

      Anyone have another solution for this. Getting these ad notifications also. Just got one for a game called hellfire. Neither airpush or lookout is finding anything.

  3. Jo29 April, 2012

    Thanks so much guys! Sorted 🙂

  4. Ted19 November, 2013

    Hi guys I also have same experience and even worse the ad link spam are so often pop up and connect to the google play store, it so horrible, how to stop it???

  5. mike13 March, 2014

    My 9 year old boy is getting advertisements for stuff like the karma sutra and best sexual positions in recommended apps

    Not at all happy about this.

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