Beware! Google slaps ban on these 16 dangerous apps; check list, do this now to stop loss | Tech News

Beware! Google slaps ban on these 16 dangerous apps; check list, do this now to stop loss

Google just banned 16 apps from the Play Store which were draining battery and data from your phone! Check list.

| Updated on: Oct 22 2022, 23:35 IST
Google ban! No more call recording apps on Google Play Store
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1/6 The new Google Play Store policy will come into effect on May 11, 2022, and will soon stop third-party apps from recording calls on Android devices. (Pixabay)
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2/6 This new Google policy will prevent third-party apps from using the Accessibility to API (Application Programming Interface) for recording the call audio stream. (Unsplash)
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3/6 Google has confirmed on its support page that, “The Accessibility API is not designed and cannot be requested for remote call audio recording. The use of the Accessibility API must be documented in the Google Play listing.” (Reuters)
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4/6 Though, this is not the first time! Google has been taking a slow process to deprecate and remove the APIs that enable call recording over several Android smartphones. (Unsplash)
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5/6 Why is Google behind the removal of call-recording apps? Well, Google claims that this was done while keeping privacy and security in mind. Though, another reason could be the different laws in regard to the call recording from country to country. (Pixabay)
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6/6 Well, this is also revealed that the pre-installed or system apps that already have permission to tap on the Accessibility API won't be affected by this new policy. (AFP)
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Do you have any of these noxious apps on your phone? Check this alert Google. (Unsplash)

Android users need to bring their attention to these dangerous apps which have been banned by Google from the Play Store. The reason behind the decision to remove these 16 apps from the Google Play Store is because they were draining the battery very quickly, causing high network usage, even causing data loss and more. Shockingly, these apps had a total of 20 million installs before being banned from the Play Store, the security firm McAFree report confirmed. The report says that the McAfee Mobile Research Team has identified new Clicker malware that sneaked into Google Play Store and infected 16 apps.

These malicious apps allegedly performed ad fraud on Android users, which end up opening web pages in the background on advertisements while claiming to be a real user, the report mentioned. “Once the application is opened, it downloads its remote configuration by executing an HTTP request. After the configuration is downloaded, it registers the FCM (Firebase Cloud Messaging) listener to receive push messages.” the report added. At a glance, it looks like real android software, however, it was masquerading as ad fraud app.

McAFree blog mentioned that there were two identified pieces of code related to this threat of malicious apps. “One is “” library which focuses on the automated clicking functionality while “com.liveposting” library works as an agent and runs hidden adware services.” While depending on the version of the app, some of these apps had both of these codes, while other apps only had “com.liveposting” code.

The list of malicious code found on useful daily applications such as: High-Speed Camera, Smart Task Manager, Flashlight+, calendar notepad, K-Dictionary, BusanBus, Joycode, Currency Converter, Quick Note, EzDica, Instagram Profile Downloader, Ez Notes, flashlight, a calculator, and two other apps similar with Flashlight+.

However, users don't need to worry now, as McAfee security researchers had notified Google about these apps and they have been banned from Google Play Store.

But those users who have already downloaded them on their phones should check if they still have them. In case they do, they must delete them quickly.

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First Published Date: 22 Oct, 22:35 IST