It’s not a new thing that android is by far the most popular mobile operating system with over 2.5 billion users.
That makes it a prime target for malicious third-parties that want to infect devices across the globe with malware. Most recently, the team at Barracuda Security discovered almost 200 apps that contained either adware or a suspicious combination of device permissions. And now cybersecurity company White Ops has identified 116 apps – with more than 4.6 million downloads between them – it claims are performing ad fraud.
All of the apps that was discovered were noted to demonstrate similar behaviours. The adware being used was noted to be capable of hiding, making it harder to detect by apps designed to root out malware like VirusTotal.
White Ops urged Android fans to remove any of the apps in question if they have them installed and provided the package names for each.
I’ll be dropping the full list of the app which Android warns the public about in my next article when I’ve successfully completed the record but for now check the list below and see if you have any of these in your phone today.
If you’re one of those 1.5 million that downloaded the apps you should uninstall them from your device now.
Beyond just an adware issue, the apps also ask for a number of unnecessary permissions that could allow them to do more malicious things than just serve you ads.
1. Speed Booster
2. Clean Droid
3. Battery Saver
4. AppLock Privacy Protector
5. Virus Cleaner Antivirus 2017
6. Super Antivirus & Virus Cleaner (Applock, Cleaner)
7. Antivirus – Security
8. Drawing Lessons Lego Star Wars
9. Smart Antivirus
10. Antivirus Clean
11. Security Antivirus 2018
12. Max Security – Antivirus & Booster & Cleaner
13. Antivirus Cleaner – Virus Scanner And Junk Remove
14. Temple Crash Jungle Bandicoot
15. Antivirus Cleaner For Android & App Locker Pattern
16. Addon Sponge Bob for MCPE
17. Smadav antivirus for android 2018
18. Antivirus Free : Process Virus
19. TV Antivirus Free + Applock
20. Antivirus Virus Cleaner – Security Applock 2017
21. QR Code Free Scan
22. QR Code Scanner Pro
23. QR Code Scan Best
24. QR Code / Barcode Free Scan
25. Block Strike
26. Parkour Simulator 3D
29. Wrestling WWE Action Updates
31. Smart Swipe
32. Call Recorder Pro
33. Call Recorder
34. Wallpaper HD – Background
35. Master WiFi Key
36. WiFi Security Master – WiFi Analyzer, Speed Test
37. Free WiFi Connect
38. Five Nights Survival Craft
39. Mcqueen Car Racing Game
40. Addon Pixelmon for MCPE
41. CoolCraft PE
42. Exploration Pro WorldCraft
43. Draw Kawaii
44. San Andreas City Craft
45. Exploration Lite : Wintercraft