These 21 Android apps contain adware & malware. If you're using any of these apps, uninstall them immediately. Last month, Android users had to manually remove 16 infected apps. This month, apps with adware & malware were discovered again in the Google Play Store. This time 21 gaming apps are affected.
The 21 infected apps were by the cybersecurity company Avast detected and contained all of the HiddenAds malware. The Trojan is used to generate revenue by collecting user data for marketing purposes and redirecting app users to lucrative advertising. The Trjoaner generate profits for the manufacturer with every click on an ad.
These 21 Android apps contain adware
- Assassin Legend - 2020 NEW
- Cream Trip - NEW
- Crush car
- Desert Against
- Find 5 Differences - 2020 NEW
- Find Hidden
- Find the Differences - Puzzle Game
- Flying skateboard
- Helicopter Attack - NEW
- Helicopter shoot
- Iron it
- Jump jump
- Money destroyer
- Plant monsters
- Props Rescue
- Rolling scroll
- Rotate shape
- Rugby pass
- Shoot Them
- Shooting run
- Sway ManI
In total, these 21 apps have already been downloaded more than eight million times internationally. Plus, six of them are still available on the Play Store (this may have changed since the time of writing).
While Google is doing everything in its power to prevent the HiddenAds malware from entering the Play Store, the malicious apps are unfortunately always finding new ways to get onto the platform and onto the phones of many users. The HiddenAds malware is what is known as adware. Although this is not as dangerous as other malware, it can slow down your phone considerably and is very annoying in the long run.
An overview of the most common malware on Android devices
Adware shows you advertisements in the form of pop-ups at frequent intervals. You will usually notice this while browsing, if you are unintentionally redirected to other websites or apps.
Your device or data will be locked and you will be asked to pay money to a certain address (usually cryptocurrency). As the name "ransom" (in English: ransom) suggests, you should pay to unlock your device.
Root malware is very common on Android. When "rooting" a device, the entire operating system is activated. This gives you all the rights. This malware roots your Android device and thus gains access to the entire operating system.
This malware manipulates your Android device by sending and receiving SMS without your knowledge. The SMS charges apply here.
Spyware monitors and records your activities, data, passwords, etc. without your consent.
Like on a computer, Trojans are very difficult to remove. These are often hidden in an app that appears legitimate and can thus cause considerable damage.
Experts advise caution when downloading from the Google Play Store
"Users need to be vigilant when downloading applications to their phones and are advised to check the applications' profiles, reviews and to be mindful of extensive device permission requests" - Jakub Vávra, Threat Analyst at Avast.
In German this means roughly: Before downloading an app, users should carefully examine its profile and become suspicious if an app requires excessive authorization.
Gaming apps in particular do not require any permissions via microphone, camera and the like. According to Avast, your best line of defense against these types of apps is to always read the app reviews carefully and be suspicious of high-priced in-app purchases and check the permissions the apps request. And since these apps are clearly targeting a young audience, education for children is also vital.
If you think you might discover any of these apps on the Google Play Store, report it immediately and don't install the app on your phone. If you have already installed the app, you should uninstall the app immediately and, if possible, with a Virus scanner for Android check that you have completely removed the malware from your phone. For the future, you should also equip your Android phone or tablet with a reputable one Antivirus app protect.
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