The news is not surprising, since the discovery of multiple dangerous Android applications is very common. Most of these infected applications carry a specific kind malware, known as adware. It is a virus that is not harmful to users' personal data, since its sole purpose is to display misleading ads on a screen. smartphone. Unfortunately the only way to deal with this kind of malware is to find the infected application itself and uninstall it from device of. The eight Android apps discovered by Wandera are made by three different software families, but affect similar tools: lens, alarm clock, calculator and image filters.
Η Google has been notified by the apps company and has opted to remove them from the Play Store, however if you have one of these apps installed you will need to uninstall it from your device.
How adware works
As mentioned above, adware has the sole purpose of displaying ads on a device's screen. For every click on the ad, hacker behind adware, they take a few minutes. However, given the huge number of users, malicious agents can earn hundreds of euros a day.
Regarding the adware that exists in the eight Android applications, it functions differently than usual. Once the user has installed the application, the virus does not start displaying ads immediately, but remains idle for a while. It then starts displaying ads that occupy the entire screen, so the user has no choice but to click on them to delete them.
Applications infected with adware are the following:
- Magnifyng Glassby PumpApp
- Super Bright LED Flashlightby PumpApp
- Magnifierby LizotMitis
- Magnifying Glass with Flashlightby LizotMitis
- Super-bright-Flashlightby LizotMitis
- Alarm Clockby iSoft LLC
- Computerby iSoft LLC
- Free Magnigying Glassby iSoft LLC
What are the risks for users?
With regard to users' personal data, there is no risk. However, it may adversely affect the device. Infected smartphones, in fact, remain constantly active in the background, consuming a lot of battery and increasing the internal temperature. Factors that in the long run destroy a smartphone.
How to Defend Yourself From Adware |
The above Android apps have now been removed from the Play Store, however if you already have one installed you should remove it immediately.
Adware is a sneaky virus that can destroy a smartphone in the long run, while also affecting the user experience with persistent ads. To avoid such infections, you must first install one antivirus on your smartphone. There's a lot in the Google Store, even for free. Additionally, you should not download applications from third-party stores. Lastly, before downloading an application, check the credibility of the software site and other users' comments: if it is very positive or negative, it is best not to download it.
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