Quick Heal Security Labs discovered around 29 malicious adware apps on Google Play Store, with more than 10 million collective downloads. Google has officially removed these malicious apps from the Play Store. One of the infected app - ‘multi app multiple accounts simultaneously’ had crossed the 5 million download count. In the set of these malicious apps, 24 are in ‘HiddAd’ category. These apps launch and create a shortcut on the home screen, making users unable to uninstall the app by just dragging the icon.
“The remaining 5 Apps are of Adware category and would generally get into your Android phones through advertisements. Users see many advertisements every time they visit social media sites like YouTube, Facebook, etc. which promote different mobile applications. Many times, these promoted mobile applications boast about a lot of unbelievable functionalities like X-Ray scanning. We came across few advertisements of some interesting Android Apps which claim to offer the functionality of X-ray scanning. When we explored the App further, we found out that two such apps have crossed 1 million + downloads already”, Quick Heal Security Labs stated.
The adware apps automatically operate and show advertisements on the user’s mobiles causing battery drain, big data usage and productivity loss. Quick Heal Security Labs said, "Right after the launch, these applications open the camera and show various options like flashlight, gallery, etc. But when the user chooses an option, these apps start full-screen ads, with no option to close or skip".