Google Play Store has become a very popular platform for Android users. Because the Android application store provides a variety of applications and games for its users. But the research team from the cyber security company, Bitdefender released a list of 17 applications that use several tricks, to display advertisements that users do not want.
The applications are also recommended to be removed from the mobile. The total number of downloads from the 17 applications is said to reach 500,000. Reportedly 17 applications that use tactics such as displaying ads randomly and spreading their code in several files.
Although often get reports, Google is considered not able to improve the security of the Play Store, from developers who apply cheating as above. The ads that are displayed are indeed called harmless, but this tactic by the application developer resembles the way malware works.
“They waited 48 hours before hiding their presence on the device, dividing application codes into various files, and delaying themselves to display advertisements up to 4 hours after the application was installed,” writes Bitdefender.
Not only that, the report also includes a number of complaints from users on the Google Play Store after trying to install some of these applications, users claim if their batteries are drained suddenly. That’s what makes them advise other users to delete applications that have a bad effect on the device.
Here is a list of 17 applications:
- Car Racing 2019
- 4K Wallpaper (4K Full HD Background )
- 4K HD Backgrounds
- QR Code Reader & Barcode Scanner Pro
- File Manager Pro – SD Card / Explorer Manager
- VMOWO City: Speed Racing 3D
- Barcode Scanner
- Screen Stream Mirroring
- QR Code – Scan & Read a Barcode
- Period Tracker – Women’s Cycle Ovulation
- QR & Barcode Scan Reader
- 4K Wallpapers, HD Backgrounds
- Smart Data Transfer
- Explorer File Manager
- Today Weather Radar
- Mobnet.io: Big Fish Frenzy
- LED Clock
Some application developers have actually found a way to keep their applications under the protection of Google’s security. However, the fact is that Google is still unable to overcome the gaps of applications that create adverse effects for users.