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Malicious Adware Apps Downloaded Over 8 Million Times Removed from Google Play

Jan 17, 2019
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A new batch of malicious adware apps found on Google Play Store have been removed. Within the past week, more than 90 different apps have been removed from Google Play for being fake. The newest batch of fake apps are found to be adware apps.

Combined the nine apps this week that were removed amassed more than 8 million downloads. That is a huge amount of downloads for fake apps that are adware, and definitely is concerning for those on Android. We have the latest news about the latest batch of adware apps that were just removed from Google Play Store.

Nine More Malicious Adware Apps Removed from Google Play Store

If you have an Android device, you might want to know about the latest batch of malicious fake apps that were just removed from Google Play Store. Last week, more than 85 different apps with millions of combined downloads were removed due to being fake. Now, nine more apps have been removed from Google Play Store due to them being found to contain adware.

For those of you who do not know, adware apps are fake apps that push advertisements. These apps are specifically designed so that they will just show you advertisements on your Android device. Of the nine apps that were just removed, there was a set of four that had over 500,000 downloads combined.

That really goes to show that adware is hiding well enough on Google Play Store that these fake apps are becoming popular. The more popular these fake adware apps become, the more money that is earned in fake advertisement revenue. We will tell you more about the apps that were just removed so that you can immediately delete these apps from your device.

Adware Apps Removed from Google Play are All Remote Control Apps

Of the nine fake adware apps that were just removed from Google Play Store, all nine of them were remote control apps of some kind. Some of these apps were advertised to be for specific electronic devices, such as an air conditioner or a television. The same developer was to be at fault in this case, which was Tools4TV. Any app that is by Tools4TV and it has to do with a remote of some kind is likely to be part of this adware scheme.

What is even worse is that none of these apps do what is advertised, and the sole purpose is to push adware onto the Android user. These apps include “Universal TV Remote,” “Remote for Air Conditioner,” and “Remote for Car.” If you try to search for these apps on Google Play Store, you will notice that you get an error page saying it has been removed or no longer exists. If you download or have downloaded one of these Tools4TV apps, you will see that advertisements start showing up and the app is hidden from your view.

Universal Remote Control for TV is Most Popular of Fake Adware Apps Removed

When it comes to which app was the most popular, it was definitely the Universal Remote Control for TV app. This app alone had been installed more than 5 million times, and it was the oldest from this developer on Google Play Store. It was first put onto Google Play Store back in June 2018, and it was not updated after being installed onto Google Play Store. That means the adware functionality was already installed on the app when it was put onto Google Play Store.

The other apps by Tools4TV had been updated after being released onto Google Play Store. If you looked at the “Additional Information” area of the app though, you would only see one revision within the section. These other eight apps received more than one update, which means those apps might not have had the adware installed when put onto Google Play Store.

We would urge you to remove any Tools4TV app that you have on your Android device. You can go into the Settings to remove apps, and all of these apps need to be removed immediately. We want to know what you think about this news in the comments below.

Did you have one of these Tools4TV apps installed on your Android device? What do you think about the most popular of the nine being downloaded more than 5 million times? Do you think that shows Google is not doing enough to prevent adware or malicious apps from getting onto the Google Play Store?

Are you concerned that these adware apps will one day be able to do significant damage to your Android device if not stopped? What other apps from this developer have you downloaded? Lastly, how do you go about protecting your Android device from adware apps such as these?