Security investigators discovered four dangerous new Android apps from the same developer that managed to bypass Google’s defenses and ended up on the Play Store. What’s more, it’s not just any four applications since they’ve gotten over a million downloads! That’s why we have to be really careful!
Play Store: Beware of these four dangerous apps!
As reported by website BleepingComputer and discovered by well-known security company Malwarebytes, the dangerous apps in question show intrusive ads and annoying pop-ups, but they can also infect your Android smartphone with malware.
Despite these four malicious apps having less favorable reviews on the Play Store, they were still downloaded over a million times. This shows that many users click Install before checking the comments. I remind you that if you want to stay safe from bad apps like these, you should always read their reviews first before compromising the security of your smartphone and your data.
At the time of writing these apps are still available for download from the Play Store, although this developer has had issues with the Play Store in the past. By the way for MalwareBytes it is disappointing that the developer Mobile apps Group is still in the Google Play store after having launched malicious applications in the past. To top it off twice!
If you have any of the applications that I will mention below installed on your Android smartphone or tablet, you should delete them immediately to avoid seeing intrusive ads or worse. Stick with malware-infected devices.
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How is it possible for these apps to escape detection?
Getting past Google’s defenses and ending up in the Play Store can be difficult for malicious apps, which is why these four apps wait 72 hours before showing ads or opening phishing links in a user’s browser according to malwarebytes.
When malicious behavior starts, apps open additional phishing pages or display intrusive ads every two hours, even when a device is locked. As soon as a user unlocks their Android smartphone or tablet, they find phishing sites and ads open in their browser.
By hiding their malicious behavior for three days, these apps are able to bypass security checks that take place before apps are listed on the Play Store. Still, bad reviews that mention spam and intrusive ads should always get Google’s attention.
How to be more protected from these threats?
Malware seems to find a way to infiltrate almost every device. Computers, smartphones and even smartwatches, no one is safe, even if they are just used as a gateway for malware to enter a different device on the same network. However, there are a few things you can do to prevent malware from entering your Android smartphone.
Choose well the browser you use
One of the best ways to prevent malware is to use an Android browser that blocks it. There aren’t that many threats in official stores. However when we browse the Internet it is a completely different story.
That said, there are some browsers that are more secure than others. So your choice should mainly focus on Brave, Firefox or Onion. While these are not specifically geared towards malware protection, their privacy policies and other settings are conducive to a safer browsing experience.
Clearing browser cookies may not seem like an essential step in malware prevention. However, there are many ways that cookies can put you at risk. However, it mainly depends on how you use your mobile phone and which websites you visit.
Dangerous websites may collect information from your stored cookies and put your device at risk. To stay safe, you should clear your cookies from time to time.
Always update your Android smartphone
Most Android smartphones receive updates automatically. However, you should always check the settings menu to be sure. Keeping your smartphone up to date not only ensures it has the latest Android features but also provides some critical security updates that help keep it safe.
Install applications from official sources but reading the comments
It is much better to install apps from official sources like Play Store or Galaxy Store. Not only are these applications examined and verified frequently, but if something goes wrong, you can pinpoint exactly where the problem came from. However, don’t do it without reading the comments. As we saw above, there are ways to escape detection mechanisms and as such, comments help to understand whether an app is dangerous or not.
Attention to SMS
You may receive a text message with a link. In fact, it is something that happens often. However, think twice before opening a message from a number you don’t know. Links in text messages can take you to multiple destinations. They are an opportunity for criminals to inject malware, gather personal information and much more.
It is essential that we learn how to prevent malware on our Android device, especially looking at how much personal information is on it.
How to remove malware that has entered the system
If you want to do it manually, that is, without using any app, then the first thing you have to do is start your smartphone in safe mode. Essentially, safe mode boots the system without any additional junk. It’s more or less how it happens in Windows. This means that any third-party applications you have downloaded will not run in this mode. That is, there will be no interference in the charging process or in others.
To enter safe mode on most new Android devices, turn off your smartphone. Then turn it on and keep pressing the on/off button.
Once you’ve entered Safe Mode, go to Settings > Applications. On some equipment it may change.
Here, look at the list of your apps and try to locate the malicious app. It might not stand out, but think about when the problem on your smartphone started. Remove any apps you have installed by that time and check for an app that you haven’t downloaded but is on the list.
To uninstall an app, tap its name and choose Uninstall on the info page to remove it. Then restart your smartphone normally (without going into safe mode) and the virus should disappear.