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Google removed these 30 apps from Play Store,you should delete them from your phone now!

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Google removed these 30 apps from Play Store, delete them from your phone now!
These apps have the power to bombard users with unwanted ads

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The apps faraway from Google Play Store have already been downloaded a complete of 20 million times
These apps have reportedly been identified to render fraudulent advertising in users’ devices

Google has removed over 30 popular apps, including those that add beauty filters to your photos, from the Play Store after these were discovered to possess malicious malware. These apps won’t be available for download from the Play Store for brand spanking new users, but the 20 million users who have already downloaded them got to confirm they uninstall the apps from their phones to avoid security mishaps. Among the 30+ apps, it’s the third-party selfie apps that have found to be most fraudulent. As per security researchers WhiteOps, the apps have the power to bombard users with unwanted ads and redirect them to websites without ever clicking on a link. It should even be noted that in some cases, it had been nearly “impossible” for users to delete these apps once downloaded.

  • Here are the apps, published by WhiteOps, that are far away from Google Play Store. If you have them installed, get rid of them as soon as possible.

 

The aforementioned apps have collectively amassed quite 20 million downloads. White Ops explained in its websites that these apps render fraudulent advertising in users’ devices. “What these apps all have in common – besides their fraudulent tactics – is their specialize in beauty. Most purport to be selfie apps that add beauty filters to users’ pictures, while at an equivalent time showing ads out of context and making it nearly impossible to remove the apps themselves.”

You should delete these apps from your phone

APPS INSTALLS
Yoriko Camera 1,00,000
Solu Camera 5,00,000
Lite Beauty Camera 1 million
Beauty Collage Lite 5,00,000
Beauty and Filters camera 1 million
Photo Collage and beauty camera 1,00,000
Gaty Beauty Camera 5,00,000
Pand Selfie Beauty Camera 50,000
Cartoon Photo Editor and Selfie Beauty Camera 1 million
Bengbu Sealife Beauty Camera 1 million
Pinot Sealife Beauty and Photo Editor 1 million
Mood Photo Editor and Selfie Beauty Camera 5,00,000
Rose Photo Editor and Selfie Beauty Camera 1 million
Selfie Beauty Camera and Photo Editor 1,00,000
Fog Selfie Beauty Camera 1,00,000
First Selfie Beauty Camera and Photo Editor 5 million
Vanu Selfie Beauty Camera 1,00,000
Sun Pro Beauty Camera 1 million
Funny Sweet Beauty Camera 5,00,000
Little Bee Beauty Camera 1 million
Beauty Camera and Photo Editor Pro 1 million
Grass Beauty Camera 1 million
All Beauty Camera 1 million
Flower Beauty Camera 1,00,000
Best Selfie Beauty Camera 1 million
Orange Camera 5,00,000
Sunny Beauty Camera 1 million
Pro Selfie Beauty Camera 5,00,000
Selfie Beauty Camera Pro 1 million
Elegant Beauty Cam-2019 50,000

 

In the time since that first app was published, the fraudsters published a replacement app every 11 days on the average. Notably, most of those apps were available for around 17 days each before they were pulled down. “But even with a mean of but three weeks of your time on the Play Store, the apps found an audience: the typical number of installs for the apps we analyzed was 565,833,” the research reads.

If you’re wondering how these apps avoid detection within the first place? Well, the White Ops paper notes that the majority of those apps use “packers” that are hidden within the APK within the sort of extra DEX files. “Historically, packing binaries may be a common technique malware developers use to avoid being detected by security software like antivirus. Packed files in Android aren’t new and can’t be assumed to be malicious, as some developers use packing to guard their property and check out to avoid piracy,” the research paper added.

 

Apart from this, the developers also use Arabic characters, reducing readability for people, in various places of the apps’ ASCII text file to avoid detection. “These numbers tell a story of a cat and mouse game, during which the Play Store hunts down the fraudster and keeps them in restraint by removing fraudulent apps as quickly as they’re discovered. The fraudster likely developed a more robust mechanism to avoid detection and removal. A batch of 15 apps, all published after September 2019, had a way slower removal rate using those.

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