New Adware Found in Google Play, Harboring Apps Suspended
It looks like something bad has been cooking among multiple really famous apps on the Google Play. A new adware has been discovered recently and it has been causing a lot of trouble for people who somehow download the infected apps.
According to a research done by Avast, the malware was originally discovered when some of the users complained about it on the internet. While it could have been ignored, the number of users that were at the risk of getting their devices infected was much greater resulting in a deeper investigation.
So apparently what happens is that you install certain apps and they do your bidding perfectly in the initial days – this usually leads to the impression that there is nothing wrong with the device, but there really is!
After you have rebooted the device and spent some quality time using the application in question it starts to show its true colors. You start getting advertisements that are disguised as warnings relating to the device’s software or the contents you have in it.
For instance, some of the messages that pop up might say that your phone (or tablet) is infected by malware and that you should get help, others might say that the software is outdated and needs to be updated and finally some would claim that your storage memory is filled with porn – yes, that too.
Just in case you agree to the fake messages and do what they say, you will be taken to fake app stores, or you might be asked to share information that you should definitely not share – among numerous other things.
The worst was when some of these adverts started diverting the users towards security apps that are genuine – but apparently they don’t have a very ethical marketing manager.
Some of the applications that have been identified to harbor the adware at Google Play include a card game Durak (which has millions of downlaods!), IQ test and a history app.
Thankfully, Google Play says that they have now taken action against the apps that were found to be harboring the adware. As a result, the applications have been removed from the store.
We are still not sure if this is the end of it or if there could be other apps that have escaped the scrutiny – just make sure you are downloading things you can trust!