Malware is a problem that affects all platforms.including apple— but it’s Android that seems to face most cases these days.story pops up too often A series of newly discovered malicious apps in the Play Store. There are four of them this time, and only one of them has over a million installs.
Once downloaded, These apps wait 72 hours Before displaying malicious activity such as displaying ads or automatically opening phishing links in your mobile browser. This activity will continue for him every two hours, including when the phone is locked, thus exposing the victim to this intrusive content no matter what.
Usually when I report articles like this, the app in question has often been removed from the Play Store by the time I started writing it. Google typically quickly removes apps that it identifies as malicious, so when Google hears about it, they are DOA. So the main goal is to help readers identify if they have downloaded a named app on their smartphone so that they can delete it immediately.
But this story is different. At the time of this writing, the app and its developer, Mobile App Group, are still live on the Play Store. To make matters worse, this isn’t the developer’s first rodeo. Reported by Malwarebytes Labs, the Mobile apps Group, has been cited twice in the past for distributing malicious apps on the Play Store. For some reason, the developer is still active on Google’s marketplace and currently offers four apps. All are flagged as malware.
The four apps are:
- Bluetooth auto-connect: 1,000,000+ Downloads
- Bluetooth App Sender: Over 50,000 downloads
- Drivers: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB: Over 10,000 downloads
- Mobile Transfer: Smart Switch: Over 1,000 downloads
If you have any of these four apps on your Android device, remove them as soon as possible. Bluetooth Auto Connect alone has been downloaded over a million times. many Number of devices potentially infected.
How to check if an app contains malware before downloading
It can be difficult to tell if an app is malicious before you download it, but there are some signs to look out for. First, read the Play Store page carefully. Does the description match the advertised use? So does the preview image. Don’t forget to check out the reviews, especially recent ones. A large number of poorly written reviews that do not address the purpose of the app is a red flag and suggests that the developer is using fake reviews to boost the app’s rating.
However, for these four apps, the reviews were negative, noting that users often deal with popups. Dive into these ratings to get a complete picture of the app in question and help you decide if it’s safe to download.