Is there anything worse than “free” Android apps and games that bombard their users with intrusive ads in every corner, a new level, a milestone, often putting you on the brink of despair before finally collapsing, hitting “delete”, and… …start over with an equally frustrating alternative?
Not the worst kind of malware out there
Google Play Store is still littered with all kinds of potential threats and security issues.
Delete this apps yesterday!
- High Speed Camera (Package Name – com.hantor.CozyCamera)
- Smart Task Manager (com.james.SmartTaskManager)
- Flashlight + (kr.caramel.flash_plus)
- 달력 메모장 (com.smh.memocalendar)
- K Dictionary (com.joysoft.wordBook)
- Busan Bus (com.kmshack.BusanBus)
- Flashlight + (com.candlencom.candleprotest)
- Quick Note (com.movinapp.quicknote)
- Currency Converter (com.smartwho.SmartCurrencyConverter)
- Joycode (com.joysoft.barcode)
- EzDica (com.joysoft.ezdica)
- Instagram Profile Downloader (com.schedulezero.instapp)
- Ez Notes (com.meek.tingboard)
- 손전등 (com.candlencom.flashlite)
- 계산기 (com.doubleline.calcul)
- Flashlight + (com.dev.imagevault)
Since some of the names of these official apps are fairly generic and therefore very easy to confuse with legitimate titles while others are completely incomprehensible to non-Korean speaking readers, the package names in parentheses should help you make sure you delete something malicious and not something you can use Virtually see it in the dark, manage your tasks, speed up the camera, take notes on the go, learn a new language, or convert different currencies.
Some of these apps may drain your battery while clicking on ads without your consent.
Of course, generic names and widely advertised purposes may be the main reasons why some of these apps are able to collect install numbers that only well-intentioned developers can dream of. Just a few multi-million downloads seems a bit odd, probably inflated by fake reviews, as well as a lot of negligence on the part of a lot of naive Android users.
As always, Google is a big part of the problem too, not only failing to prevent such bogus “helping” titles from entering the Play Store in the first place but also allowing them to wreak havoc and commit ad fraud for extended periods of time.
Oddly enough, the 17th potentially malicious title (DxClean from Flashlight 2020) with over 5 million installs on Google Play is included in the screenshot but not the list above in McAfee’s latest blog post, find out how the app is no longer downloadable from the administrator The first is the Android App Store, you should probably stay away from that as well.
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