Google Finds Fake Apps with 50k+ Downloads on Play Store

Google Play, which is the Google Android app and content store, is no stranger to fake apps, malware, and money grabbing schemes. The latest report claims that the app store had listed some of the fake apps that did not actually provide their listed offerings. Some of the researchers at the global IT industry firm Quick Heal Technologies have discovered in the Google Play store certain fake apps with more than 50000 installations that trick people to download and simply rate other sponsored apps as well.

“These applications as of now appear to be so much genuine as a PDF reader, PDF Downloader, PDF Scanner, etc., but don't have such sort of functionality,” Rupali Parate, an Android malware analyst at Quick Heal Technologies revealed in a blog post

These application prompt users to download and rate the five star to the sponsor apps in order to unlock these applications. After the completion of installation of other application and rating, the user would be able to use the PDF reader after the 24 hours of time.

“But after 24 hours, the same loop continues to start. It asks users to log in with some of the more created passwords and asks them to download the same sort of application to unlock the application,” Parate said.

The basic purpose of this application is to increase the download count and get the good rating of the sponsored apps. The sponsored application also does the same sort of thing.

Quick heal recommends that user should check for the following things to identify the fake mobile apps on Google Play before downloading:

  • Check an app description before downloading it.
  • Check the app developer name and their website. If the name sounds to be so strange or odd, then the user should search for in on Google.
  • Go through the entire reviews and rating of the app, not that these can be fake too.
  • Avoid downloading the app from the thirty party app stores.
  • Use a reliable mobile antivirus that can help you to prevent fake and malicious apps from getting installed on your phone.

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