Google has pulled a total of eighty-five Android apps from its Play Store for containing obnoxious adware, after being tipped-off by a security firm…
85 Google Play Store Adware Apps for Android Removed
Security researchers over at Trend Micro found 85 apps for Android for photography and gaming, downloaded more than 8 million times, contained adware.
Said adware, known as AndroidOS_Hidenad.HRXH, exploited functions in Android devices, such as unlocking phones, which triggered ads to appear. The ads could last up to five minutes and were difficult to skip.
Additionally, the malicious apps were so pernicious, they actually replaced icons on the home screen with shortcuts. Which meant users could drag what they though was the offending app into the trash but wouldn’t rid themselves of the problem.
“AndroidOS_Hidenad.HRXH…isn’t your run-of-the-mill adware family: Apart from displaying advertisements that are difficult to close, it employs unique techniques to evade detection through user behavior and time-based triggers.”
Google continually does its best to police apps in the Play Store. But, until it adopts a more secure environment, this won’t be the last incident.