I’m not sure how it looks like – but Google isn’t doing great at maintaining the Play Store. Originally spotted by the Cybersecurity company – Trend Micro, they disclosed their findings to Google, which led to the removal of 85 adware-infested apps on the Play Store.
Trend Micro also explained about the potential risks if you have/had it installed:
We found another example of adware’s potential real-life impact on Google Play. Trend Micro detects this as AndroidOS_Hidenad.HRXH. It isn’t your run-of-the-mill adware family: Apart from displaying advertisements that are difficult to close, it employs unique techniques to evade detection through user behavior and time-based triggers.
Affected Apps Had Over 8 Million Installs: Seriously, Google?
The Adware-infested apps which Google remove happened to have over 8 million installs – which is concerning.
It’s clear that Google has to have a strict review policy to make sure that the apps approved on the Play Store aren’t potentially dangerous. As of now, there are millions of apps listed and you might just be using a malicious app. Who knows?
So, you should install only the apps that you trust (and not just any random app).
In addition to that, you can also follow my ultimate smartphone security guide.
Google is trying its best – for sure. But, that may not be enough. So, you need to stay vigilant about what you download and install on your Android smartphone. It’s better to be safe than sorry, isn’t it?
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