Some apps use ads from shady ad networks which allow developers to push ads into the notification bar of the phone; without requiring any action from you. In a way, they are as bad as pop-ups that show up when you click a link on the web. Not to mention, they are annoying because they will keep popping up in your notification bar.

Lookout is now releasing a solution to fight this. Called Push Ad Detector, the app will warn you if the apps you’ve installed use this strategy. It does this mainly by scanning for the following ad networks who employ such tactics:

  • Airpush
  • Appenda
  • LeadBolt
  • Moolah Media
  • Startapp
  • TapIt!

Once you scan your phone using the Push Ad Detector, it will show you a list of offending apps (if there are any), and will give you the option to opt-out of those networks, to get more information on them, or simply uninstall the applications using them.

Lookout has one of the best security apps in the Market, so it’s very trustworthy. Although, I don’t usually focus too much on the “anti-virus” capabilities of such apps, the truth is Lookout has been very innovative and on their toes. They were one of the very first to make a detector for the CarrierIQ software, and now they are releasing this Push Ad Detector.

They also have one of my favorite anti-theft solutions inside their security application. So even though the anti-virus part is all but useless, these security firms can still focus on providing other ways to secure your phone, and Lookout seems to always be on the “look out” for such new ways to protect your device.

Download the Push Ad Detector application at the source link – it’s free.