Android Charging Boost Removal (Nov. 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove the android charging boost that comes alongside ES File Explorer. These ES file explorer charging boost uninstall instructions work for all Android devices. You can tell your phone is affected if you see a “charging boost when enabled” on your screen.

 

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The charging boost is promoted as a supposedly useful app feature, which will help you enhance the battery charging speed of your device. It comes coupled with Android’s ES File Explorer, as well as a bunch of other free applications. The software comes as an update for ES File Explorer, but can also be downloaded from Google Playstore, if you aim to get the staggering 20% increase in charging speed – if you even believe that, of course. Or in other cases users have complained of being basically harassed by an android charging boost pop-up that keeps on prompting them to download various other apps or visit different websites. The reality of the matter is, however, slightly different. In truth, this added feature won’t be of any help to you or your device. In fact, it’s actually a type of adware (=advertisement + software). So the result of your having the screen-locking charging boost enabled will only be an avalanche of ads constantly plaguing your screen. The screen lock may also block different phone functions – such as alarm clocks, notifications and more.

You might be surprised to find that not only ES Files Explorer has the capacity of downloading this annoying charging boost popup onto your device, but other apps, too. Here’s a list of the possible moles on your gadget:

  • Touchpal
  • Xender
  • Kitty Play
  • Amber Weather
  • Z Camera
  • GO Weather Forecast & Widgets
  • Most GO apps

As this is a legitimate feature (obviously, since you can get it from the official Play store), trying to get rid of it with the help of ad blockers or malware removal tools won’t do you much good. In this guide we will explain to you how exactly the charging boost locks your screen, how to avoid getting infected by it and we will show you how to remove it from your phone or tablet.

What it is

First thing’s first and in order to understand how this particular feature functions, you have to know what the software family it belongs to does in general. Adware is designed to bombard you with ads of various sorts in order for their developers to make a profit through them. This happens on the basis of the so called Pay per click scheme, which is just that: they get paid for every click on their ads. In this case, since we’re talking about a sensory screen, it would probably be more accurate to change the name to Pay per tap. Either way, the goal is to get you to tap on the ads, be it intentionally or by accident (because the ads can sometimes be so numerous and placed in such strategic locations, that you might simply tap them without meaning to). In addition to the ads that may be seen while browsing or using other apps, you will also most likely be seeing ads every time your screen is locked, as that is also one of this feature’s functions. Other mischief the adware might bring upon your phone is slowing it down, crashing your browser and possibly changing some small things around, like the font on your device, for example.

How to keep it away

Here would probably be the right moment to point out that though this program can be incredibly annoying, it isn’t a virus and won’t harm your device. BUT – and this is a substantial ‘but’ – this android charging boost can feature ads, which might be dangerous. They could potentially lead to unsafe websites or download some unwanted program, which may cause clutter or even damge. For this reason we urge users not to tap or click or otherwise interact with the multitude of ads that appear, even if they may seem appealing to you.

In most cases this add-on, just as others like it, is distributed with the help of other ads, which you may end up tapping, thus downloading it. However, the most commonly used technique developers rely on to spread their product is program bundling. This is the practice of packaging one program together with another one, but you don’t get to find this out until you’ve already installed the desired program. This is the case with the above apps, which may come coupled together with the unwanted charging boost. That being said, you should always read the installation menu and keep an eye open for any additional software that may be added. Also, we recommend you avoid downloading content from obscure websites, which are likely to be infested with potentially undesirable programs.

Remove Android charging boost from your phone

 

The charing boost feature was actually created as Du quick charge and is linked to the ES File Explorer application.

If you want to keep using the ES File Explorer it is possible to turn off this annoying feature by opening the ES File Explorer app and changing the settings.

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  • NOTE: This charging boost can also be added to other apps from the below mentioned list. It may be possible to turn it off by looking at the settings of those Apps in a way similar to ES File Explorer

Remove Apps carrying charging boost from you device

Normally you remove Android apps from the Settings menu -> Apps -> (App name)

Apps identified to have the charging boost embedded:

  • ES File Explorer
  • Xender
  • Amber Weather Widget
  • GO Weather Forecast & Widgets / (in fact most Apps related to GO, stay away from the whole family)
  • Kitty Play
  • Touchpal
  • Z Camera

Naturally, “Flashlight” is not suspicious, merely an example to show you how the menu should look like since I only have ES File Explorer carrying the charging boost on my device.

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In most cases you can click on the Uninstall button and be done with it. In rare occasions, however, if the app in question has managed to give itself administrator permissions you’ll see that the Uninstall button is grayed out. In order to enable it you should leave the Apps folder and go to:

  • Settings -> Security -> Device Administrators

In there you will see a list of apps that have admin status within your system. They’ll probably be listed under the Android Device Manager. Remove ES File Explorer from this list. Now you should be able to remove it as normal.

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Did we help you? A thank you in the comments goes a long way to warm our hearts!

 


49 Comments

    • Can you try removing the AP and see if the charge boost is still present? Maybe its on another app outside the list.

    • Hello, it’s possible that its on another app you have installed. Try removing this one and see if the charge boost is still there.

  • It might be another application that causes the same issue. Regardless, you’ve more than likely installed an app that is similar to ES File Explorer and you will need to find it. Do you have any sort of system-optimization application on your phone or something that helps it to charge faster? You can tell us what are the most recently installed apps on your device and we might be able to determine which one is causing the problem with the ads. You can check what apps you have by going to Settings > General > Apps > All.

    • Thanks. I’m pretty sure it is a charge booster in its own right that I accepted on a pop up offer in a stupid moment. But it doesn’t come up in Application Manager and doesn’t seem to show anywhere for Uninstall.Don’t know where to find it.

        • Not sure where to find that. My list of apps in App Manager is in alphabetical order.

          I discovered I can Disable the booster. Sometimes I see the option to Enable, otherwise it’s gone from my screen at least. But still can’t find it to Uninstall.
          Problem half-solved.

          • When in the Apps Menu, go to All and sort them by size. Make several screenshots of the apps that are at the top of the list – most likely the unwanted app will be among the first 15-20 apps, depending on how many apps you have.

          • No such option as far as I can see. The Disable seems to have got rid of it from my screen anyway. If it’s there in my phone somewhere I probably need directions for the Galaxy 6 Edge specifically to find and remove. Many thanks anyway.

          • Unable to find ES File Manager or anything that looks like a Charge Booster I agreed to in a weak moment. It brought up Booster page with a rocket graphic with various ads when I plug in charger. As above, I have disabled it but it must be there on my system somewhere I guess. It has never showed in list of Apps. No problem now that it doesn’t show.

          • This is weird. Usually, Browser Hijackers for Android come integrated within other apps. We still believe that you have some shady application o your device and you just don’t know which one it is. Do you have any form of security app or one that provides some sort of smartphone optimization?

          • You could try to uninstall it or at least disable it for some time and see if anything changes.

          • My girl broke up with me because of the girls that where on the adds thinking I was cheating on her with dating sites that’s why I deleted it the smart charge

    • I didn’t installed any app. The apps installed in my phone is there from last atleast 6 mnths to 1 yr.

      • Do you have any sort of Android optimization/antivirus apps on your phone? The issue might be caused by them.

  • Thank you. I haven’t actually been able to find this annoying adware in my apps but I have disabled it through the pop up screen. Hopefully with more time and patience I can get rid of the pest completely.

  • Got another one for your list of culprits: Super-Bright LED Flashlight from Surpax Inc.
    Your aside mention of your flashlight app reminded me I had brought that up and accidentally clicked an ad in it a few hours before I first noticed the malware.

    So I brought it up, went into the settings, and sure enough, there was “Smart Charging” which “may display ads.” Sliding that off fixed the problem.
    As long as the damn thing doesn’t renable it on me I might keep it, but if you’re shopping for a flashlight app, and don’t enjoy having 2 unlock screens to navigate, you may wanna look elsewhere.

  • While you legit helped me, I’m thanking you here bc I dig warming hearts, one, and, two, I love that some smart body went to the trouble to say that on he first place. So thank you very much, Some Smart Body!

  • The idea was that the Flashlight app would serve as a mere example, yet it seems that as of late, even this application seems to bring about unwanted effects so it is now a valid example of what kind of app might be the cause behind the unpleasant issues. Know that applications that trigger unwanted effects are often difficult to pinpoint and one must oftentimes take their time so as to figure out which app is the problematic one.

  • Yea, after going through my apps to find the one responsible for this I also found that my flashlight app was the cause.

  • Mine turned out to be in the Flashlight app as well. Weird thing is I’d had it installed for a good month or two before the charging ads began showing up.

  • I also accidentally tapped open my flashlight app a few days prior to this Charging Boost showing up on my phone. It really looked like it was a notice from Samsung. I never put anything on my phone other than well known, tested apps from the Play Store, and had the flashlight app for 1+ years. Reading this was quite an eye opener. Thanks for posting the info, Deleted the app, cleared cache, etc. and it appears to be gone. Side note: Downloaded AppChoices from the Play Store approx 6 months ago. Can’t really measure results, but hopefully less biz have access to my personal info.Thanks much!

    • I think that is where I might have got it from. I used ShareIt to import music to my phone from the computer, and I know it did update recently, Then one day suddenly I was seeing this Speed Charger showing up (accompanied by ‘ads’), and had no idea how that got there. I’d hate to lose ShareIt because I use it so often (at least for music)…maybe will just have to go to using a cable instead, as I don’t share across other platforms or with other phones. Thanks for this information. I was thinking it might be either shareit or a music app that had updated recently but couldn’t be sure. I haven’ t looked into how to change settings though, within ShareIt , That is a different story. So hope I can figure that out. I put my phone in airplane mode when charging and take it out of the phone cover, and sometimes just turn the phone off completely. So far, I have seen no speed increase with the supposed ‘speed booster’ from how I’d been charging the phone all along.

  • You can add Share-it to the list as it has the ‘Smart Charging’ feature turned on as well. Thank you for the guide! I was able to remove that pesky feature.

  • None in your list of apps are in my phone and I dont know which app is carrying the charge booster. This was helpful and yet not. Lol. How would I find it in my phone, it just showed up out of nowhere. My first guess was that it came with another app update, but I wouldn’t even know where to begin looking. I turned it off on my phone because it was so annoying, and I still have no idea of how to locate it in order to remove it.

  • I had a “charging boost” notification suddenly appear with lots of advertising, read this review and on its recommendation removed “GO MUSIC” and the annoying charging boost notification disappeared. Thank you for this advice.

  • The only one of those apps that I had was ES. I didn’t have the option to turn it off. Uninstalling didn’t help Mine also looks different than the one in the article.

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