It’s not a new thing that android is by far the most popular mobile operating system with over 2.5 billion users.
That makes it a prime target for malicious third-parties that want to infect devices across the globe with malware. Most recently, the team at Barracuda Security discovered almost 200 apps that contained either adware or a suspicious combination of device permissions. And now cybersecurity company White Ops has identified 116 apps – with more than 4.6 million downloads between them – it claims are performing ad fraud.
All of the apps that was discovered were noted to demonstrate similar behaviours. The adware being used was noted to be capable of hiding, making it harder to detect by apps designed to root out malware like VirusTotal.
White Ops urged Android fans to remove any of the apps in question if they have them installed and provided the package names for each.
I’ll be dropping the full list of the app which Android warns the public about in my next article when I’ve successfully completed the record but for now check the list below and see if you have any of these in your phone today.
If you’re one of those 1.5 million that downloaded the apps you should uninstall them from your device now.
Beyond just an adware issue, the apps also ask for a number of unnecessary permissions that could allow them to do more malicious things than just serve you ads.
- Speed Booster
- Clean Droid
- Battery Saver
- AppLock Privacy Protector
- Virus Cleaner Antivirus 2017
- Super Antivirus & Virus Cleaner (Applock, Cleaner)
- Antivirus – Security
- Drawing Lessons Lego Star Wars
- Smart Antivirus
- Antivirus Clean
- Security Antivirus 2018
- Max Security – Antivirus & Booster & Cleaner
- Antivirus Cleaner – Virus Scanner And Junk Remove
- Temple Crash Jungle Bandicoot
- Antivirus Cleaner For Android & App Locker Pattern
- Addon Sponge Bob for MCPE
- Smadav antivirus for android 2018
- Antivirus Free : Process Virus
- TV Antivirus Free + Applock
- Antivirus Virus Cleaner – Security Applock 2017
- QR Code Free Scan
- QR Code Scanner Pro
- QR Code Scan Best
- QR Code / Barcode Free Scan
- Block Strike
- Parkour Simulator 3D
- Wrestling WWE Action Updates
- Smart Swipe
- Call Recorder Pro
- Call Recorder
- Wallpaper HD – Background
- Master WiFi Key
- WiFi Security Master – WiFi Analyzer, Speed Test
- Free WiFi Connect
- Five Nights Survival Craft
- Mcqueen Car Racing Game
- Addon Pixelmon for MCPE
- CoolCraft PE
- Exploration Pro WorldCraft
- Draw Kawaii
- San Andreas City Craft
- Exploration Lite : Wintercraft
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