Google has removed 43 dangerous apps from the Play Store, and users are recommended to delete them immediately.


Google has removed 43 dangerous apps from the Play Store and the users are directed to delete them.

 

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Google has removed 43 harmful apps from its Play Store after it was discovered that they were running advertisements even when the user's device was switched off. Image courtesy of Reuters
Google has removed 43 harmful apps from its Play Store after it was discovered that they were running advertisements even when the user’s device was switched off. Image courtesy of Reuters

 

The Google Play Store is one of the world’s largest app distribution platforms. There are approximately 3 million apps and games available. However, with popularity comes its own set of difficulties, as is the case here. Google Play Store has been fighting the infiltration of harmful apps and apps that breach its regulations on a continuous basis. The platform’s open nature and vast volume of submissions frequently result in harmful code slipping into the Play Store and hurting Android phones. In a recent incident, Google removed 43 malicious apps that were stealthily draining the power of a phone.
The search engine giant has removed 43 harmful apps from its Play Store after it was discovered that they were loading advertisements even when the user’s device was switched off. The apps, which have been downloaded 2.5 million times, also consumed mobile data when the user’s phone was turned off.
These apps were discovered by McAfee’s Mobile Research Team, who reported them to Google for breaking Play Store standards. The majority of the apps have subsequently been withdrawn from the Google Play Store, while some have been updated by the developers. McAfee recommends that users who have installed these programmes remove them immediately.
“Recently, McAfee’s Mobile Research Team discovered a concerning practise among some Google Play apps.” These apps load adverts while the device’s screen is turned off, which may appear to consumers to be convenient at first. However, there is a blatant breach of Google Play Developer policy about ad placement. This has an impact not only on marketers who pay for invisible Ads, but also on users because it drains batteries, consumes data, and offers possible hazards such as information leaks and disruption of user profiling caused by Clicker activity,” McAfee explained in a blog post.
The apps that have been removed are of various categories, including TV/DMB players, music downloaders, and news and calendar apps. If you have any of the 43 apps listed above installed on your Android device, you should remove them right away. It is critical to use caution when downloading apps from the Play Store. Download programmes only from reputable developers, and carefully review the permissions before downloading. Keep your Android smartphone up to date with the newest security updates, and use a security tool to scan it for malware.
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