In Google Play Store, 29 Apps Are Banned For Spamming Users

Recently, Google has put a ban on 29 apps for ads that are spamming users. Among these apps, most of them are photo editing apps. These apps will vanish from the phone after the installation. Over 3.5 million downloads have been done until now for these apps.

Highlights

  • 29 apps have been removed from the google store for spamming malicious ads in the user’s device
  • Most of the apps that have been banned were photo editing apps and over 3.5 million downloads were done until now.

Google has taken the decision to prevent new users from falling prey to the malicious intentions of the app and those who are using these apps already need to uninstall these apps manually.

Square photo blur is the example that managed to pass over the security check of the paly store. Once it is installed, the app vanishes from the home screen of the user’s device and don’t show open option also in the play store.  The security researches observed that the app doesn’t function as it was advertised and it runs out of context ads for every single action user are performing on their devices.  after this app is downloaded in your app then it shows numerous ads and these ads show even if you are unlocking your phone, uninstalling the app, while switching from phone data to wifi and charging your handset. Further, the app propels the OCC web browser at once when it is operated on the phone device.

List of Banned Apps

Square Photo Blur v2.0.5
Magic Call Flash
Easy Blur
Image Blur
Auto Picture Cut
Color Call Flash
Square Photo Blur v7.0
Auto Photo Blur
Photo Blur
Square Blur
Square Blur Photo
Blur Photo Editor
Blur Image
Smart Photo Blur
Super Call Flash
Photo Blur Master
Super Call Screen
test.com.flash.call.flashcall.cool
com.auto.photo.editor.background.eraser.tool
Super Blur
Square Image Blur
Super Blur Photo
Super Photo Blur
Pro Blur Photo
Auto Photo Cut
Photo Blur Editor
Smart Call Screen
Square Blur Master
Smart Call Flash

 

Conclusion

You should consider deleting the apps as they can pose a great threat to the confidentiality of your information in your device. They are alleged to spy your devices without granting any app permission from you.

In a report, google advised users to download the apps after going through their app review as no other way is more effective in recognizing the malicious app.  The malicious apps have bad user reviews usually.

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