Quick Heal Security Labs reported 29 malicious apps found on the Google Play Store, with a collective download number of over 10 million.
Immediately removing these malicious apps from the Google Play Store was enough. An app from this set named “Multiple Accounts Simple” has already crossed 5 million installs.
Of this set of 29 malicious applications, 24 are in the hiding category. HIDAd applications hide their icons after the first launch and create shortcuts on the home screen.
The obvious purpose of this action is that users should not be able to uninstall it simply by dragging the icon.
When users launch applications through shortcuts, these applications display full screen advertisements on the device screen.
Some of these applications may show additional devices, while the device is in a passive state and the application is not in active use.
Most of these applications are in the photography category and are similar to previous HiddAds found in the Google Play Store.
Fig. 1 shows screenshots of malicious HiddAd applications from the Google Play Store.
The remaining 5 applications listed above are in the adware category and will usually be found via advertisements on your Android phone.
Users see many advertisements every time on social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook etc., which promote various mobile applications.
Many times, these promoted mobile applications have many incredible features, such as X-rey scanning.
We have created some advertisements for some interesting Androed applications that claim to provide X-ray scanning functionality.
When we explore further applications, we find that two of those applications have exceeded 1 million downloads.
1- Multi Apps-multiple Accounts simultaneously
2- Rhythm Camera
3- Qing Camera
4- New Hair Fashion
5- Super Mark
6- Cut Cut mix pro
7- Color Splash Photo Effect
8- Glitch Lens-Vaporwave & Ghost Photo editor
9-First Camera HD
10- Photo Blur
11- Age Face
12- Blur Image
13- Lie Detector Prank
14- QR Code Scanner
15- Pretty makeup Photo
16- Reflex Makerup
17- QR Code Scanner
18- Galaxy Overlay
20- Cut Cut Mix
21- Filter Photo Frame
22-Free Camera HD
23- Magic Effect
24- Photo Effect Pro
25- Art Filter
26- Smart Magnifire Pro
27-Magnifire Glass pro 2.6.8 Apk
28-Super Magnifire Lite
29- Magnifire Pro- Magnifying Glass