- The number of users is more than 8 million
From a recent survey, more than dozens of apps which are Android adware apps, which have been disguised mainly as photo-editing apps and games got identified serving ads that are taking over users’ mobile screens as a part of an unrealistic money-making offer.
One of the investigator firm named ‘Trend Micro’ which is a security firm said that they have found 85 separated apps got downloaded more than eight million times from the Google Play store. After that, all of the apps have been deleted from the app store.
It is unnecessary to say that these adware apps will often run on a user’s android device and without the consent and knowledge of the user serve and click ads in the background to generate ad revenue. One of the researchers said, “But these apps were particularly brazen and sneaky.”
Ecular Xu, who is a mobile threat emergency engineer at Trend Micro stated that “It isn’t your run-of-the-mill adware family,” It is showing ads that are difficult to close and also it uses newer techniques to evade search through users’ way of using the app and time-based options.
From the thorough research, the investigators found out that the apps would maintain a record from the time they were installed into the phone and sit on the opening for around half-an-hour. After the time dilation, the app would veil its icon and would take the face of a shortcut on the user’s home screen.
The security firm researchers also said that this shortcut helped to secure the app from being depleted if the user thought to drag and drop the shortcut to the “uninstall” section of the screen.
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Moreover, these ads are shown full screen and as it is already very difficult to close the ads, the user had to wait the whole time while the ad stopped.
The irritating problem got more intense further. Whenever the app was unlocked, it started displaying ads on the user’s whole home screen. The makers of the ads are so talented that they developed the code in such a way that it also checks to make sure that it doesn’t present the same ad too often.
The worst thing happened when the fraud ads started showing too often, breaking the rule of showing in every 5 minutes.
A list has been presented by the ‘Trend Micro’ which includes ‘Super Selfie Camera’, ‘Cos Camera’, ‘Pop Camera’ and ‘One Stroke Line Puzzle’. All of the apps have millions of downloads.
Many of the apps were given false reviews and included the 5-star markings where in reality those apps were worse than anything.
Google is on the process of stopping these frauding in its own Google Play store with its policies.