Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Mar 2013 10:26 UTC
Google In all honesty, this has taken far longer than I anticipated. Google, the world's largest internet advertising company, has removed several popular ad-blocking tools from the Play Store. While they are technically in the right to do so - they violate the Play Store developer distribution agreement - it's still a bit of a dick move. Luckily, though, unlike some other platforms, you can easily sideload the adblockers onto your Android device.
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On PCs sure. But I've yet to hear about Android malware spreading via adverts (if you have any evidence to the contrary then I'd be interested to read it ;) ).

I don't know of any specific cases on Android, but I'm guessing it's only a matter of time, either through applications or the web itself.

Furthermore, preventing advert-based malware from spreading on the PC can be largely mitigated by disabling a few things like Java plugins from auto-starting.

Right, you could disable Java, Flash, Javascript, etc, which would probably block most ads by default, and break the web in the process.

People rarely pay any attention to the permissions list when installing new applications as it is, adding other things like whether it's ad supported would just create an even bigger wall of text and encourage more people not to bother.

Actually, I was thinking more of a setting in options that says 'do not list any applications with adware'.

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