By Axios StaffIn a world where we’re constantly exposed to malicious ads and online malware, it can be easy to get caught up in the hype of a new gadget or service, only to lose sight of the fact that you might have unwittingly gotten caught up.
To help you stay safe from the spread of malicious apps and ads, here are the top three best ways to keep yourself protected.1.
Remove any app that appears as a “recommended” in your app store.
If you’ve never heard of “recommendation,” it’s the process by which apps and games are suggested for you to install.
The process involves an app that has received positive reviews or has received an app store review in the past, and the app can then show up in your apps list as a recommended app.
When you install the app, you are asked to confirm your approval.
You can opt out of recommending apps from the App Store by going to the app store’s settings page and selecting the “remove apps” option.
It’s a fairly simple process, but there are a few ways to do it.
If your app isn’t yet listed as a Recommended app, check to make sure it’s still in the App store.
In the settings page, click on the check box next to it and select “remove”.
The app will disappear from the app stores.
You can then reinstall it using the instructions below.2.
Remove all your apps that display “Amazon Store” or “Amazon Marketplace” in the app’s description.
When you open up your Amazon app, all of the apps that appear in the settings will look like Amazon.
If the app is a “Recommended” app, it will show up as “Amazon Market” or simply “Amazon.”
If the game you are playing is a paid game, it may be labeled “Game of the Day.”
If your app is in the “Recommended Apps” category, it’ll have a different icon on the app icon bar, which indicates that it has been selected as a recommendation.3.
Disable all the apps in your home theater that display ads or popups in the background.
If all your devices are connected to the Internet and you have enabled automatic updates and/or firewall rules, these apps will be removed from your home’s app store by default.
It might not be possible to remove them completely, though, so you’ll need to manually disable them.1Password for Windows, the popular password manager app, can be used to automatically remove apps from your app stores, according to the Microsoft Blog.
If those rules aren’t in place, you can manually add them using a PowerShell command to the Windows PowerShell prompt, like this:Get-AppStoreList | Out-Null -ErrorAction SilentlyContinueGet-appstorelist -name “AmazonStore” -Name “Amazon” -Enabled “True” -Type “DisableAll” -Force1Password For Windows is available for free and has been downloaded over 50 million times.
The command below will remove all apps from apps that don’t have an app name in their name.
Remove-Appstorelist for Windows -Name ‘AmazonStore’ -Name “‘Amazon”” -Enabled ‘True’ -Type ‘DisableAll’ -Force