Google removes 85 apps with extremely nasty ads

Google removed 85 apps from the Google Play Store after security researchers from Trend Micro found extremely

nasty advertising scheme, well hiddeninside. Games and full-featured photo editing apps (which, by the way, have been downloaded more than 8 million times) had adware built into them called AndroidOS_Hidenad.HRXH.

Apps abused regular featureAndroid, which gave information about unlocking the phone by the user. A simple unlock included a commercial, usually at least five minutes long, which cannot be missed. They could also replace the desktop icon with a shortcut, so even after dragging and dropping into the trash, the application continued to do its dirty work.

Given the huge prevalence of adware inGoogle Play, you just need to check reviews for unfamiliar applications. In particular, such software has several “one-star” reviews where users talk about the problems they encountered. Moreover, we have even seen cases where adware was pre-installed from the factory on Android smartphones, but most often this occurs on devices that have not been certified by Google.

Trend Micro says the software is idealshould only affect devices running older versions of Android. “Android 8.0 and later have a feature that requests user confirmation to create an application shortcut”, which should protect users from unwanted application activity.
Google often states that the company acceptsmeasures to prevent adware and malware from entering their marketplace, however, news about the appearance of one or another annoying advertisement constantly pops up. The recent incident is unlikely to push Google to strengthen the security of its marketplace, but after so many unpleasant incidents, it is difficult to imagine that the people from the Google offices will not think twice.