I'm not sure how flashlight was the solution. I had the Google ads with the globe dropdown. In addition lock screen ads were annoying. I seen posts about restoring phone, install antivirus because they have virus, etc. In reality, you probably installed play store app and gave it permissions to all kinds of things on the phone so they can bloat your phone full of ads. As a software developer, I think those type of devs are snakes. There's proper ways to advertise without hijacking a person's phone with unwanted features when your app is not running. Read feedback before installing. The culprit that got me was S PHOTO EDITOR. got many other people as well because these people name their apps as if they were Samsung. I.E. S Pen is Samsung. Fool me once but not twice. Look at who the devs are and the feed back then you'll be ok. Note: devs need to make money for their apps so you might find ads in their software but should never run ads when their app is shut down (closed).
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