Android users need some caution when downloading apps on the Google Play store.
Cyber security firm Trend Micro recently found 85 different apps for Android phones that are actually disguise in adware apps. These sneaky camera and game apps were downloaded more than 8 million times in total.
The apps, which have been removed from the Google Play store after Trend Micro shared its findings with Google, would push out screen-covering, unskippable ads over the phone's home screen, which is so obnoxious.
Not only that, if you realized that the app was serving up these ads and didn't want it on your phone anymore, you have a hard time deleting it. After being downloaded, the apps would wait 30 minutes then create a shortcut to the app's home screen and hide the real icon, so when you tried to delete it, it would just delete the shortcut and not the app itself. Devious.
For people who didn't really delete the apps, they would constantly push these obnoxious ads every five minutes or so.
Reviews for the apps as screenshot by Trend Micro revealed a lot of unhappy, one-star reviews, but the three apps are still showing average ratings above three stars, which is not exactly glowing but it is not glaringly bad. It pays to look at written reviews.
While the Google Play store does some regulating on its own, it allows anyone to publish whatever apps they like on the store, and Google doesn't always catch mischievous apps.