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Delete these 17 dangerous Android apps hiding on your phone

Additionally, users are recommended to always have a mobile security solution to identify and keep themselves safe from such malicious apps or fraudulent websites.


Delete these 17 dangerous Android apps hiding on your phone
From car racing games to barcode scanner, to period tracking and file manager, all these apps follow the same methodology to hide their existence and display ads. Image Credit: Pixabay

Security researchers at Bitdefender have identified a number of Google Play apps with over 550,000 downloads in total that dodge Google's vetting system and constantly flood devices with aggressive ads, that in turn, drain batteries.

To plant their apps onto Google Play Store, developers of these apps use a number of tricks such as waiting 48 hours to hide their presence on the device, splitting the app's code into multiple resource files and holding off displaying ads until 4 hours after app installation, the researchers explained in a blog post.

From car racing games to barcode scanner, to period tracking and file manager, all these apps follow the same methodology to hide their existence and display ads. Here is the complete list of all the 17 Android apps identified by the researchers:

  1. Car Racing 2019
  2. 4K Wallpaper (Background 4K Full HD)
  3. Backgrounds 4K HD
  4. QR Code Reader and Barcode Scanner Pro
  5. File Manager Pro - Manager SD Card/Explorer
  6. VMOWO City: Speed Racing 3D
  7. Barcode Scanner
  8. Screen Stream Mirroring
  9. QR Code - Scan and Read a Barcode
  10. Period Tracker - Cycle Ovulation Women's
  11. QR and Barcode Scan Reader
  12. Wallpapers 4K, Backgrounds HD
  13. Transfer Data Smart
  14. Explorer File Manager
  15. Today Weather Radar
  16. Mobnet.io: Big Fish Frenzy
  17. Clock LED

Android users are advised to look for unusual behavior and check if their phones have any suspicious app installed. Additionally, users are recommended to always have a mobile security solution to identify and keep themselves safe from such malicious apps or fraudulent websites.

While the Google Play apps found are not tagged as malware, but more as Riskware, users are strongly encouraged to always have a security solution installed on their devices, as it can accurately identify these apps and prevent users from installing them. Whether downloaded from official or third-party marketplaces, a mobile security solution will keep users safe from malware, riskware, or other potentially malicious apps as well as phishing or fraudulent websites.

Bitdefender

The reported apps are being taken offline after Google was notified about them, the report added.

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