According to a new report, when installed on your smartphone, 85 famous Google Play Store apps with over 8 million complete downloads have been discovered to force full-screen advertisements.
Trend Micro (via Ars Technica) security research company found adware in a series of apps that posed on the Play Store as productivity, photography, and gaming apps. Once installed, the offending applications would then force on devices every five minutes fullscreen, unskippable advertisements.
Trend Micro also discovered the capacity of malicious developers to remotely improve or reduce the frequency of these intrusive advertisements. The adware is called AndroidOS Hidead. HRXH and will hide the app icon and create a shortcut on the home screen of your phone within 30 minutes of installation.
The ad-serving apps were much difficult to uninstall by hiding in plain sight without going straight into your device environments or the Play Store section. As you may understand, you need to verify on your home screen since Android Oreo before an app can generate a shortcut or widget. Even if you disagreed with this pop-up, it would still hide the offending apps from perspective.
These apps record two timestamps: the present time of the device and the time of installation. It then compares these to network moment and would be used to work out how long it was installed before hiding itself and creating a home screen shortcut.
The list involves Super Selfie Camera, Cos Camera, Pop Camera, and One Stroke Line Puzzle, if you’re wondering if you’ve installed one of the offending apps. All of these apps have accumulated over 1 million downloads, accounting for about half of the adware’s complete amount of downloads. Several other apps, including Background Eraser, Meet Camera, Pixel Blur and Hi Music Play, have accumulated 500,000 downloads each.
This news emerges as we see Google increase the approval time for the Play Store, hopefully, to assist decrease these types of malicious apps. Trends Micro revealed straight to Google the full list of apps, which later pulled them from the Play Store. Here you can see the complete list.