Google has removed a total of 27 malicious apps from Play Store in 2019 August after security researchers found these apps to be a disguise of an adware family. These apps were available in the form of game, TV, and remote control simulator apps on the Android Play Store.
Malicious Apps List
- CamScanner ⇒ Check here why?
- TikTok (Musically)
- Live NetTV
- Terrarium TV
- MIUI Music Player
- Yalp Store
- Lucky Patcher
- NES Games
- YouTube Vanced
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According to the blog post, these apps have been downloaded over nine million times from the Play Store with one of the apps named “Easy Universal TV Remote” has alone been downloaded over 5 million times. It is the most downloaded apps among the list of all 10 adware apps. The app also received multiple comments until the time it was available on the Play Store.
Despite coming from different developers and signed by different APK public key certificates, the apps exhibited same source code and shared the same source code.
So what harm could these apps actually cause you? Once downloaded and launched, these apps display a full-screen pop-up ad asking you repeatedly to press various buttons to continue. Every new page in the steps would open a new ad page. This would happen again and again until the app finally crashed.
This is not that Google has removed such click fraud apps from the Play Store. The tech giant in November removed 13 malicious apps from Play Store after they were found to lack legitimate functionality. Later in December, it removed another 22 fake apps for having a backdoor built into them that helped the apps do ad-fraud.
How to remove the apps
Google has already removed these apps from the Playstore so if you haven’t downloaded any of the apps there’s no reason to be afraid.
But for those who already downloaded the apps, you can uninstall the malicious app. And if that doesn’t help, use adware clean up software–and if all of this doesn’t work, you can do a factory reset.