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All of the apps in question were removed from the Play Store, so you don't need to worry about downloading them going forward. "Apart from displaying advertisements that are hard to close, it employs unique techniques to evade detection through user behaviour and time-based triggers", Ecular Xu, mobile threat response engineer at Trend Micro, wrote in a blog post on Friday. These apps were disguised as fully functioning photography and gaming apps so well that they have been downloaded a combined 8 million times.
This a screenshot of some of the apps that were found to be embedded with adware.
The security firm researchers found that the apps would hide their icon about 30 minutes after being installed and create a shortcut on the phone's home screen.
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Now, Google is removing 85 apps that were found to be hiding particularly sneaky adware.
Trend Micro pointed that adware ideally affects older versions of Android phones.
Meanwhile, to display unwanted advertisements, the app registers a broadcast receiver to check if the user has unlocked the device. Hence, the app would remain on the device even if the user decides to uninstall it via the drag and drop process.
The Google Play Store redesign has yet to reach all Android users, but should be arriving on your handset soon. Once conditions are met, the ads are displayed on a full screen.
Trend Micro provided a list of the apps - including Super Selfie Camera, Cos Camera, Pop Camera, and One Stroke Line Puzzle - all of which had a million downloads each.