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Avoid these three scammy apps still listed in the Play Store (20 million+ installs)

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According to the software company Dr.Web (via Bleeping Computer) A new category of activity tracking apps hits the Google Play Store with over 20 million downloads. What makes these three tracking apps so appealing to Android users? It calls itself a meter.

Do not install these 3 apps.They are still listed on the Google Play Store

Dr.Web reports that it is often impossible to receive these rewards. This is because users have to accumulate numerous rewards before being forced to watch dozens of commercials to cash in. After viewing all of these ads, users were encouraged to watch more to “speed up” the reward process. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that you will receive the amount promised from these apps.”

The three apps mentioned in the report remain on the Google Play store. they are:
  • Lucky Steps – A walking tracker with 10 million downloads.
  • WalkingJoy downloaded 5 million times.
  • Lucky Habit: A health tracker with 5 million downloads.

All three apps connect to the same command and control server. Such servers are typically used by attackers to send instructions to malware-infected systems. All three apps are talking to the same remote server, so it’s clear that they’re from the same developer. It was also noted that previous versions of Lucky Step-Walking Tracker incorrectly stated that users had the option to convert their rewards into gift him cards for various online stores.

Remember, these rogue developers make money by showing you ads. The more you look, the more money they make.

The Lucky Step-Walking Tracker app has finally been updated to remove the ability to convert rewards to cash and no longer have interface elements to be tapped to make this conversion. All previously accumulated rewards are instantly worthless.

What you can do to protect yourself from installing malicious apps

If you’re a longtime PhoneArena reader, you know that even if an app is listed on the Play Store, you’re instructed to read the comments section before installing an app from a developer you don’t know well. This is where you’ll find red flags that warn you to stay away from certain apps. For example, his two comments written by her two unlucky Android device users who installed the Lucky Steps-Walking Tracker app contained many red flags.

One of the comments from users who gave the app 2 stars (!!??!!) was, “Mostly ad junkies, the app doesn’t do any good…every time I unlock the phone , a full-screen ad will be displayed… when the alarm goes off, its display will be disabled and you will not be able to access it [the] Alarm screen unless operated first. This is just a scam designed to get as much data as possible while repeatedly delivering ads just to make money. “

The second comment gave the app 1 star and stated, “There are a lot of intrusive ads you have to watch to earn coins. This app is a real scam and garbage and a waste of your time and effort.” said.

We have just published these apps on Google Play Store, so if you find these apps, please do not install the 3 apps on your android device. Also, if you have already installed any of the three, uninstall them now.

Here’s another malicious app you should avoid:

Dr.Web’s report also mentions a fitness app called FitStar that creates customized weight loss plans for 29 rubles (equivalent to 41 cents). But what these subscribers didn’t know was that the program they were signing up for was only valid for one day. At the end of the trial period, the subscriber was automatically enrolled in the service for 4 days for an additional fee of 980 rubles ($ 13.86). Full access to the program cost him 7,000 rubles ($98.98), and the app continued to automatically extend the user’s subscription every four days.

This app is still listed on the Google Play Store. According to comments on this app, once installed, the icon does not appear in the phone’s list of installed apps, making it difficult to uninstall. The same review also states, “From the beginning, the app is trying to access your Facebook or Google data…”.

Don’t put your phone or wallet at risk. Stay away from all apps mentioned in Dr.Web reports.

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