These 21 apps are adware and you should not be using them, uninstall them right away

    According to Avast, these 21 apps, if they were on your smartphone, would bombard you with intrusive ads and that notched up a huge phone bill.
    By HT TECH
    | Updated on Oct 31 2020, 01:12 PM IST
    Avast said that these apps were a part of the HiddenAds family. HiddenAds is a type of Trojan that triggers several ads once it is downloaded.
    Avast said that these apps were a part of the HiddenAds family. HiddenAds is a type of Trojan that triggers several ads once it is downloaded. (Pixabay)
    Avast said that these apps were a part of the HiddenAds family. HiddenAds is a type of Trojan that triggers several ads once it is downloaded.
    Avast said that these apps were a part of the HiddenAds family. HiddenAds is a type of Trojan that triggers several ads once it is downloaded. (Pixabay)

    Google has been categorically removing apps from the Play Store for either being infected with malware or for violating its app store policies. Now, while Google is pretty meticulous and the rules are stringent, there are apps that manage to slip in that are either adware or are malware-infected.

    This time around, security research firm Avast found 21 apps that are loaded with adware and while they look like games, they end up damaging your device.

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    According to Avast, these 21 apps, if they were on your smartphone, would bombard you with intrusive ads and that notched up a huge phone bill. Also, to understand the extent of damage they can cause, these apps have been downloaded almost 8 million times. And at the time Avast published their report, 19 of these 21 ads were still available for download and some of them were even serving ads outside the application.

    Also read: 36 apps Google has removed from Play Store so far this year that you need to delete

    Avast said that these apps were a part of the HiddenAds family. HiddenAds is a type of Trojan that triggers several ads once it is downloaded.

    Several reviews on the listing page of these apps mention that they were shown as ads on YouTube and the game which was advertised was very different from what was being offered. Soon enough, the advertisements started showing up.

    Google has pulled these apps off the Play Store and by any chance, if you have been using any of them - delete them right now.

    Here are the 21 apps:

    Shoot Them

    Crush Car

    Rolling Scroll

    Helicopter Attack – NEW

    Assassin Legend - 2020 NEW

    Rugby Pass

    Helicopter Shoot

    Flying Skateboard

    Iron it

    Shooting Run

    Plant Monster

    Find Hidden

    Find 5 Differences - 2020 NEW

    Rotate Shape

    Jump Jump

    Find the Differences - Puzzle Game

    And although Google has been trying everything to prevent HiddenAds from entering the Play Store, these apps do end up sneaking into the app market. 

    Also read: Google removes 3 apps for kids from Play Store over data collection violations, uninstall them right away

    Avast states that “users need to be vigilant when downloading applications to their phones and are advised to check the applications' profile, reviews and to be mindful of extensive device permission requests.”

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    First Published Date: 31 Oct, 01:12 PM IST
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