Security company Dr. Webb has revealed Number of malicious apps in Google Play Store.
In total, the apps, called advertising goods (adware) that generate money for the people behind them by displaying ads, have been downloaded more than 2 million times.
Deceives the user
The apps look legitimate, but when the user installs them on their mobile phone, they hide themselves from the user by changing the icon to something else. They can also hide by making the icon transparent, but perhaps worse, they can also hijack the Google Chrome logo and trick the user into thinking it’s the real browser, Dr. Webb warns.
– When users click on such icons, the Trojans launch the browser and continue running in the background. This makes them less noticeable and makes it less likely that the user will remove them. Moreover, if this malware stops working, users will restart it, thinking they are running a web browser, the company wrote in its September report.
Dr.Web recommends removing these apps:
- Super Skibydi Killer: 1 million downloads
- Agent Shooter: 500,000 downloads
- Rubber Punch 3D: 500,000 downloads
- Rainbow Extension: 50,000 downloads
Delete these too
But it’s not just these apps that Dr.Web recommends you get rid of. Last month, the company also published other malicious apps in the Google Play Store. Many of them have over 10,000 downloads.
What’s common is that apps load suspicious online casinos, even though they pretend to be games.
If you have one of the following apps/games on your mobile phone, you should delete it:
- Eternal Labyrinth: 50,000 downloads
- Jungle Jewels: 10,000 downloads
- Star Secrets: 10,000 downloads
- Fire Fruits: 10,000 downloads
All of the above apps have been removed from the Play Store by Google, Dr.Web wrote in their report, where they concluded that in September they saw a decrease in malware activity on Android.
However, new malicious apps have appeared in the App Store.
Meanwhile, Google announced new measures to eliminate malware on Android. Last week, the search giant introduced a new tool for Google Play Protect that scans for malicious apps in real time.
Play Protect can detect malicious apps downloaded from the Play Store, but also apps downloaded from external sources – so-called APK files – and third-party app stores.
If the tool detects a potentially malicious application, it will notify the user and warn them against installing the application.
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