Getting pop-up ads on tablet (not on browser), seem to be coming from the Search app. What should I do?

Hey everyone,

I've been getting these really annoying pop-up ads whenever I have an internet connection, whatever app I'm using. These aren't ads in websites I browse, really full-on pop-ups when I'm using messenger or another ap.

I can usually get out of them by pressing the back-arrow button, but they are really annoying and slow down my device. I have previously solved the problem by doing a factory reset, but it's back and I don't want to have to do it every time.

All the apps I installed came from the google play store, and are messenger, duolingo, quora, youtube, khan academy, and a metronome app. I have also tried Avast, AVG and more than one purported pop-up and ad detector, and from what I understand, it's my 'search' app that's causing the problems through an AirPush addon (which is the most frequent pop-up, asking whether I want to customize the ads I receive blah blah blah). [apologies if I'm not using the correct terminology, I'm only semi-technical]

This creates a problem because Search is a built-in system app - it came with the device. I can't remove it as-is, and I am aware that it would be possible to do it through a workaround, but then I'm afraid it would mess up other apps' functioning. Would it?

What should I do?

Thank you in advance!

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