Malware apps with 2 million installs put Android users at risk: find out why

More than 2 million people have been tricked into installing malware and phishing apps that have bypassed Google’s security checks to appear on the Play Store. The apps have the potential to decrease your device’s performance and even push unwanted ads which come with their own risks.

The details of these malware-ridden apps have been shared by Dr Web, an anti-virus program, in its report. The report says that these apps work under the guise of utilities and system optimizations. But they actually work in the opposite direction and ruin the user experience of the device.

The apps have been installed by more than 2 million apps, which is no small feat and raises concerns about Google’s apparent security standards for approving apps before listing them on the Play Store for download.

Apps like TubeBox have been downloaded 1 million times and Dr Web’s report puts this app on the questionable list. This app says it will reward users for watching videos, but the reward never comes through. Instead, you are forced to stay on the app for an extended period of time, thinking that the reward will finally be given.

Some of the other apps spotted on the Play Store in October included:

– Connect Bluetooth device automatically – 1,000,000 downloads

– Bluetooth & Wi-Fi & USB driver – 100,000 downloads

– Fast Cleaner and Cooling Master – 50,000 downloads

In addition, Dr. Web also warned about fake loan apps linked directly to Russian banks and investment groups. The apps led users to a microsite that was nothing but a phishing scheme to steal your personal information with your permission but without knowing it.

Malware and phishing are two of the biggest forms of attack today. Apps can easily infiltrate your device as long as you give it full access. So it is imperative that you double check the app, developer, and even reviews before downloading them, even from a safe source like the Play Store. Dr Web has notified Google of these apps, which have now been removed from the Play Store.

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