Anti-Virus on Android: Beware of Low-Quality Apps

16 March, 2019, 14:45 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Google Removes Over 200 Android Apps Infected by ‘SimBad’ Adware With Millions of Downloads Check Point

Therefore, the new 14.0.28 APK update introduces a handful of software tweaks which boost the overall performances of the Google Play Store.

Of the 250 apps tested, only 80 detected over 30% of the malware they encountered during individual tests, which were not particularly complicated (the researchers installed the antivirus and then automated the device to open a browser, download a malicious app and install it). Also, they noticed that it was not targeting any particular country.

In addition, the company suggests developers provide a clear understanding on what the app needs to use location data. "If a developer, or another third-party, can slide malicious code into an Android app, then it's incredibly hard to control how that access is being utilized by whom and for what goal".

Use only trustworthy AV, not this garbage that after scan makes you uninstall nearly all of your apps because its nonsense detection rules.

Would you use AntiVirus that detect itself as risky app?

This Fake Antivirus 2019 uses only blacklist & whitelist for package names of apps + permissions check.

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For its tests, AV Comparatives ran 2,000 of the most common Android malware samples from a year ago through the 250 anti-virus products, checking their detection and false-positive rates.

Instead of scanning files, it sets 10 millisecond time delay on each file to impersonate file scan functionality. Others were found by the researchers at AV-Comparatives to have had their malware reference databases last updated ages ago, rendering them useless when it comes to detecting emerging threats. Others are developed for ad purposes especially the free ones.

The apps had been downloaded an estimated 111 million times, accordion to Check Point, and are the first known example of of malicious apps that bypass the Android sandbox to install malicious apps.

Only 23 apps had a 100 percent success rate with all malware samples.

Google is renowned throughout the world for always optimizing and enhancing its software and the Google Play Store isn't an exception to that rule.

The report noted the irony of many antiviruses apps proving themselves as malware as a commentary on the pathetic state of affairs in the Android antivirus industry. That will allow you to see settings such as internet connectivity, NFC, and audio volume without leaving the app you're in. Majority reduce the efficiency of your phone, consume a lot of battery, annoy you with notifications and take up a lot of your storage.

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