Google, in a bid to make Play Store more secure, has removed over 200 apps from its Store for Android users. The company categorized these apps as ‘dangerous’ as they were affected by rogue adware called SimBad. The apps affected have already been downloaded more than 150 million times.
According to reports, these apps take on the privacy of the user wielding the device and share their data to miscreant third parties. The SimBad adware was discovered by Check Point’s Mobile Threat Team and is named like that because of being a simulator game. Check Point’s findings state that the capabilities of SimBad ranged from showing ads to opening a specific URL in the Web browser and exposing users to more malicious apps.
Most of these apps are based on gaming and photo-editing and lure in the audience by showcasing their fake functionalities.
The below mentioned are some of the most popular apps which have removed by Google from its Play Store.
- Phone Finder
- Dual Screen Browser
- Face Beauty Makeup
- Deleted Files recovery
- Broken Screen – Cracked Screen
- Modi Photo Frame
- Anti Theft & Full Battery Alarm
- Voice reading for SMS. Whatsapp & text SMS
- Move App To SD Card
- Live Translator
- Flash Alert – Flash on Call
- Football Results & Stats Analyzer
- DSLR Camera Blur
- Recover Deleted Pictures
- Anti-spam Calls
- Professional Recorder