The applications manage to hide from the view of their victims. researchers in bitdefender computer security detected a trace of malicious software, called malware, in the Play Store. Thanks to a new detection algorithm, they were able to identify 35 android apps hide malware in Google Store. We tell you all about these applications.
It seems that the scammers behind the operation knew circumvent protection measures of the society. Once published in the Play Store catalog, the apps have even undergone regular updates. These extensions contained elements intended to hide application trace on a phone According to tests carried out by the antivirus company AV-TEST, Play Protect, the system that checks the security of applications before they are downloaded from the Play Store, isa lack of reliability. That is why it often happens to find dubious applications. In early August, Trend Micro detected 17 malicious Android apps.
Malicious Android apps hide from their victims
Once these apps are on the user’s smartphone, they start appearing unwanted ads. These ads appear every time the user visits a website, writes an SMS or uses another application. In this way, criminals manage to generate significant advertising revenue. Many malicious apps are aimed at delivering advertisements to users’ smartphones. This widely used monetization technique degrades the user experience by slowing down the Android interface. Viewing ads also puts you at riskdamage phone componentswhich can overheat.
According to Bitdefender, apps can in principle deploy other malware on Android smartphones. A future update may add more functionality to the apps. To prevent victims from uninstalling them, malicious apps quickly change your name. The apps will be renamed “Settings.” The icon that represents the application will also evolve in the same perspective. Finally, they will not appear in the list of recently opened applications. “ When a user looks at recently opened apps on the device, the adware app is not present says Bitdefender. Therefore, it becomes impossible for a common user to get their hands on it again. Again, this trick is used by a lot of malware. This is the case of xHelper, which manages to remove the icon from the home screen.
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many of applications detected by Bitdefender they have had more than 100,000 downloads. Less popular titles have had more than 10,000 installs. The researchers estimate that more than two million smartphones were infected during these downloads. Here is the list of affected apps to avoid at all costs.
Walls light – Wallpapers Pack, Big Emoji – Keyboard, Grad Wallpapers – 3D Backgrounds, Engine Wallpapers – Live & 3D and Stock Wallpapers – 4K & HD. As well as EffectMania – Photo Editor, Art Filter – Deep Photoeffect, Fast Emoji Keyboard, Create Sticker for Whatsapp and Math Solver – Camera Helper. Also, Photopix Effects – Art Filter, Led Theme – Colorful, Keyboard, Keyboard – Fun Emoji, Sticker, Smart Wifi, My GPS Location, Image Warp Camera, Art Girls Wallpaper HD and Cat Simulator are still dangerous. this does not represent of 18 of the 35 applications that contains malware.
There is also Smart QR Creator, Colorize Old Photo, GPS Location Finder, Girls Art Wallpaper, Smart QR Scanner and GPS Location Maps. But also Volume Control, Secret Horoscope, Smart GPS Location, Animated Sticker Master, Personality Loading Show, Sleep Sounds and QR Creator. And finally, other dangerous apps that may contain malware are Media Volume Slider, Secret Astrology, Colorize Photos, and Phi 4K Wallpaper – Anime HD. Here are the 35 apps you should avoid at all costs.
How to identify malicious applications?
At the time of writing this article, Google does not have did not remove the various apps from the play store yet. If you have installed any of the above applications, we advise you to remove them urgently. Also check that your phone doesn’t have two versions of Settings, for example.
To avoid falling into the trap of scammers, Bitdefender recommends be careful when downloading of an app, even in the Play Store. First, avoid installing an android app that has many downloads but few reviews. Such is the case of GPS Location Maps, which has 100,000 downloads but no reviews. East anomaly deserves to alert you.
In some cases, negative reviews or user recommendations also help identify a scam. Avoid applications that require many permissions, including access to features unrelated to its primary purpose. For example, there is no reason why a portable organizer needs to access your photos or your microphone. Finally, we invite you to Systematically remove software you don’t want to use.
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