Be careful if you use these 21 gaming apps, Avast declared it Malaysian - it forcibly shows ads to the user when it is downloaded. These 21 Android apps contain adware and can steal your data Delete them now Adware forcibly displays advertisements against the wishes of the user 21 gaming apps with adware have received 8 million downloads
Get rid of these 21 Android adware apps
It is suggested that the security firm Avast has found 21 apps that come with HiddenAds malware. The apps mostly are gaming apps and lure people into downloading by promising great gaming and virtual experience. However, in reality, the apps just fill your phone with intrusive ads and can even cost you money and track your data. For those who don't know, the HiddenAds Trojan is a type of malware that disguises as a safe app but is meant to serve loads of ads. Apart from containing adware (a software to show you loads of ads in and outside of the app and even track you for specific ad display), these apps can have a 'stealth' tactic to have their app icon hidden so that they can't be found and deleted.
A total of 21 apps have been found. While three of them have been removed from the Google Play Store, the other 19 apps still exist and under investigation. The apps have also garnered around 8 million downloads, meaning they are quite popular. Here's a look at these apps:
If you are a gaming lover then you need to be careful. Cybersecurity firm Avast has identified 21 malicious apps on the Google Play Store. All of these apps contained adware. These apps display ads against the wishes of the actual user, identifying themselves as having timepass and fun content. It attracts the user to download other similar gaming apps. Almost all apps are still available for download at PlayStop.
These 21 apps identified by Avast are in the adware category. Although these apps and games do not steal any data or perform any sensitive activities, they forcibly display advertisements to the user in order to generate revenue. Once this app is downloaded, it starts working.
It has been downloaded 8 million times so far
The app and games have been downloaded about 8 million times so far, according to Censor Tower statistics. Some users said that their focus was on the download page of some of these apps through YouTube ads, which claimed to be a better and different game than existing games. After downloading the games, the smartphone was flooded with advertisements. Adware developers have been using social media channels for a long time. This time the user reports that they were targeted for ads promoting games on YouTube. Advertising spread through Tiktok in September, said Jacob Wavra, a threat analyst at Avast. Now it is difficult to remove it from the device This type of software presents itself as a secure and useful application, but they display unwanted ads. Its icon is hidden and ads are displayed with relevant appearances so that users cannot remove it in the smartphone. So it becomes difficult to identify and remove.
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Additionally, users have suggested that they came across these ads via YouTube adverts. Talking about the threat, Jakub Vávra, Threat Analyst at Avast, said: “Developers of adware are increasingly using social media channels like regular marketers would. This time, users reported they were targeted with ads promoting the games on YouTube."
Avast identified these adware apps According to the report, 21 apps listed by Avast are under investigation. Shoot Them, Crush Car, Rolling Scroll, Assassin's Legend, Helicopter Shoot, Helicopter Attack Rugby Pass, Iron Eat, Flying Skateboard, Shooting Run, Plant Monster, Find Hidden, Find 5 Differences, Rotate Shape, Jump Jump, , Swe Man, Money Destroyer, Desert Against, Cream Trip and Pops Rescue Games.