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Delete these Android and iOS apps: they’re riddled with adware

A total of 85 apps discovered of running ad fraud. The apps were downloaded over 13 million times.

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A new report from HUMAN’s Satori Threat Intelligence team shows that the app checks on app stores don’t catch every threat.

Researchers found that nearly 100 apps contained adware, with a total of 13 million installs.

When these apps are enabled, the software abuses advertising networks to display out-of-context ads or, in some cases, invisible ads.

In turn, the user has no idea that their device is generating ad revenue for the bad actor posing as a developer.

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The team reached out to Google and Apple, and these apps have been removed from their app stores.

That removal doesn’t mean they disappear off your devices, so it’s time to check your installed apps.

The report doesn’t say that these apps were stealing data. With this in mind, you should still delete them if you have them installed.

Delete these adware apps asap

Apple and Google have removed all of these apps from their app stores, but that doesn’t remove them from your devices.

So, time to get deleting if you know you have any of these installed.

NOTE: Any misspellings in this list are intentional, and how the report reads.

iOS

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Some adware-containing apps got past the App Store’s usually solid checks.

Delete any of these apps if they’re installed on your device.

  • Loot the Castle
  • Shinning Gun
  • Rope Runner
  • Fire-Wall
  • n/a (Tony Runs Game)
  • Run Bridge
  • Racing Legend 30
  • Wood Sculptor
  • Ninja Critical Hit

Android

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Some of the Android apps in the report don’t include the app name, only the package name.

Those have a zero-install count, according to Google Play’s statistics. Check those out in the full report.

  • Super Hero-Save the world!
  • Parking Master
  • Magic Brush 3D
  • Number Combination: Colored Chips
  • Scratch Carnival
  • Billionaire Scratch
  • Lucky Star: Lotto Scratch
  • Lucky Money Tree
  • Lucky Scratchers: Lotto Card
  • Crowd Battle: Fight the bad guys
  • Spot 10 Differences
  • Dinosaur Legend
  • Shoot Master
  • Shoot It: Using Gun
  • Five-Star Slice
  • Mr Dinosaur: Play your Dino
  • Beat Kicker New
  • Draw Live
  • Fidget Cubes
  • Ninja Assassin
  • Pulley Parkour
  • Weapon Fantasy
  • Musical Shoot
  • Ninja Slice
  • Bottle Jump
  • Idle Wood Maker
  • Romy Rush
  • Dig Road Balls
  • Draw CompleteA
  • Meet Camera
  • n/a (find.five.differences)
  • Roll Turn
  • Peter Shoot
  • Draw Complete
  • Downhill Race
  • Rescue Master
  • Helicopter Attack – NEW
  • Relx cash
  • Bike Extreme Racing
  • Match 3 Tiles
  • Helicopter Attack
  • Props Rescue
  • Magic Brain
  • Happy Mouse!
  • Draw & Puzzle
  • SamartBet
  • Rugby Master
  • Stacking Jump – Make Human Ladders
  • Desert Against
  • Circuit Master
  • Peter Shoot
  • Plant Monster
  • Iron It
  • Flying Skateboard
  • Rugby Pass
  • Rolling Scroll
  • Helicopter Attack – NEW
  • Fire In The Desert
  • Stack Block Crusher
  • Crush Car
  • Idle Edo: Simulation of City Builder, Tycoon Games
  • Find the Differences – Puzzle Game
  • Lucky Now! Scratch, Spin, Play Lottery & Win Money
  • Arrow Coins
  • Lady Run
  • Shake Shake Sheep
  • Jackpot Scratcher-Win Real
  • Ztime: Earn cash rewards easily
  • Lucky Wings – Lotto Scratchers
  • Shake Shake Pig
  • Run and Dance
  • Pull Worm
  • Shoot Dummy: Win Rewards & Paypal cash
  • Find 5 Differences – new
  • One Line Drawing
  • Talent Trap – NEW
  • Super Flake
  • Sand Drawing
  • Track Sliding New
  • Fill Color 30
  • Draw 1 Stroke
  • Girls Fight
  • Shooting Puzzle 2020
  • Chop Flake 3D
  • Balloon Shooter
  • Chop Slices
  • Work Now!
  • Corn Scraper
  • Pop Girls Schooler
  • Spear Hero
  • BOO Popstar
  • Rush 2048: 3D Shoot Cubes
  • Auto Stamp Camera
  • n/a (mufc)
  • Hiding Draw
  • Design n Road
  • Thief King
  • Draw a War
  • Spin Letter Roll
  • Crush Car
  • War in Painting
  • Player Spiral Maker 3D
  • 2048 Merge Cube – Win Cash
  • House Maker
  • Find All
  • King of Thieves
  • Crush King
  • Color the Pictures
  • Magic and Throne
  • Bungee Jumper
  • Musical Shoot
  • Balls Out Pazzle: Puzzle Maze Game
  • Shooting Run
  • Sway Man
  • Love Saver
  • Jump Jump
  • Find Hidden
  • Color By Number
  • Help Me Down Game
  • Running Dinosaur
  • Happy Color By Number – New
  • Draw Color By Number
  • Fresh Camera
  • Wood Carving – NEW
  • Assassin Legend – 2020 NEW
  • Lark – Work, Together

As you can see, there is a running theme of lotto scratchers and promises of other incentives for installing the apps.

Just a heads up, you can’t win real money on Apple’s App Store; the company’s policies forbid it.

On the other hand, Google Play has loosened its rules recently, but they are only allowed in specific countries with a valid gambling license.

There also seem to be a lot of puzzle games; presumably, these work as puzzles, and the longer you spend in the app, the longer the criminals have to commit ad fraud.

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If you find any of these adware-containing apps on your device, it’s time to delete them.

Then, reboot your phone, clearing any cache and running memory.

Android users, you’ll want to enable Google Play Protect, which can remove apps like these automatically.

Apple doesn’t have any clear guidelines for Apple users looking to remove apps, but deleting them and rebooting your device should clear most malware apps.

We suggest sticking to more established developers when downloading new apps.

Also, just because something is in the charts in any respected App Store doesn’t mean they’re safe – these rankings get manipulated all the time.

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