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Last week, Google announced that it was teaming up with mobile security firms ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium to create the App Defense Alliance. The alliance hadn't been announced when 49 new adware apps were first listed in the Google Play Store portraying themselves as games and stylized camera apps. Discovered by Trend Micro, these 49 apps have been downloaded over 3 million times.


The adware, like many of the other malware-laden listings we've recently written about, hide their icons making them almost impossible to uninstall. And they serve up full-length ads on the victim's phone creating a stream of revenue for the bad actor(s) involved. The only way to close an ad is to press the back button or the home button. The adware shortcut is disguised as the Chrome browser and even uses the same icon. When the icon is tapped on, it creates multiple shortcuts on the home page that show a full-page ad when selected. Some of these apps opened full-page ads as soon as the phone was unlocked while others showed the ads once the screen was tapped on (from any location). All of these ads will quickly drain the battery on a phone and hog memory resources. And even if a phone is running low on memory, it will continue to ruin the ads since they are shown in the foreground. Deleting the shortcut icons will not from the home screen will not delete the app. The only way to remove the app is to go into the phone's settings, open the applications section, find the app and delete it.


 

 

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