The Android Antivirus App You're Using Maybe a Fraud

Just Android things: 150m phones, gadgets installed 'adware-ridden' mobe simulator games

According to the detailed report, the team at AV-Comparatives chose 138 vendors that are offering popular antivirus apps on Google Play.

More than 250 such anti-malware apps were tested by the Austrian antivirus testing company which gathered them from various developers present on the Google Play Store.

Some of the apps were unable to even detect the malware which was from a year ago, even as it is expected them to have the threats already indexed.

Google Play Store has lately been the victim of malware apps with millions of downloads, and while the company has been rapid in dealing with them, more issues keep popping up.

As a result of the research, Google has already swung into action and removed apps from 32 developers over the last 2 months. It was found that numerous antivirus apps instead of scanning the apps, simply used a whitelist/blacklist approach based on package names than relying on the code for deciding whether an app is unsafe or harmless. This is a significant change as now user would have total control to share his/her location only when that app is in use, rather than just blindly giving access to his/her location all the time.

Some antivirus apps would mark any app installed on a user's phone as malicious if the app's package name was not matching its whitelist.




Android Q addresses one of my biggest gripes about Android when it comes to privacy: you can tell an app that it doesn't get to track your location when you're not actually using it. Chances are that hasn't happened, and the apps you use work the same as they would on a phone with another version of Android.

Head to the official Android Beta for Pixel page, click View your eligible devices, and you should see your Pixel phone listed: Click Opt in to install the beta. "AV Comparative gives an example of JSON - JavaScript Object Notation - a whitelist that includes an entry for ".com.Adobe". AV-Comparatives recommends sticking with well-known brands since the watered-down free version of a real app is better than any scam app.

Despite security researchers proving that they can still track devices with randomized MAC addresses, supporting this feature will reduce the efficiency of some data harvesting and user tracking operations.

This is not for the first time that Google has been forced to remove apps from the play store.

These apps even detected themselves as malicious.

The desktop scams became more sophisticated later.

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