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Fake Anti-virus Apps Spotted on Google Play Store: Report

These applications disguise as “security” or “antivirus” in their name and do nothing related to security

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Google Play Store in India currently supports credit cards, debit cards, net banking and carrier billing via Airtel and Vodafone, Google Play Gift Cards and Google Play Balance, and through other means like Google Rewards. Pixabay

Apps with names like Virus Cleaner and Antivirus security and which appear to be genuine anti-virus (AV) or virus-removal apps have been spotted on Google Play Store and have seen over a lakh downloads already, said a new report by Quick Heal Security Labs on Tuesday.

These AV apps mimic the functionalities of a real AV App and have functions like “scan device for viruses” and the main purpose of these apps is to show advertisements and increase the download count.

“These apps don’t have any AV engines or scan capabilities except a predefined list of Apps marked as malicious or clean. This list appears to be static and we haven’t seen it getting updated during our analysis,” the IT security firm said in a statement.

The fake AV app contains predefined package lists, like whiteList.json with few whitelist package names, blackListPackages.json with few blacklist package names and blackListActivities.json with a list of blacklisted activities.

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Android users who open the Google Play store after the update will be given the option to install up to five search apps and five browsers, Gennai said. Pixabay

This list is used for actual scanning and to show final scan results. It also contains a list of predefined permissions and uses it to show risks associated with other apps.

It also checks installed package names against the pre-defined static whitelists.

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“These fake AV Apps don’t have any functionalities related to malware scanning or identifying any other security issues. These apps only show a fake virus detection alert to the user and eventually show advertisements,” the firm added.

These applications disguise as “security” or “antivirus” in their name and do nothing related to security. (IANS)

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Snapdeal Crosses 10 Crore App Downloads on Google Play Store: Report

Snapdeal has more than five lakh registered sellers, who have more than 20 crore listings on the marketplace, the company claims

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Snapdeal has crossed 10 crore app downloads on Google Play Store, registering a gain of 37 per cent over 7.3 crore downloads a year ago, according to the e-commerce player on Monday.

In October 2019, the monthly traffic to Snapdeal crossed 24 crore visits, claimed the company. It witnessed 52 per cent increase in order volumes this festive season, with 90 per cent of orders coming from non-metro users, it said.

Snapdeal’s growth is also due to deepening of its focus on value-priced merchandise.

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Volumes of order from Snapdeal grew 52 per cent over last Diwali and volumes doubled in more than 120 cities across the country. Pixabay

In the last two years, Snapdeal has added over 60,000 new seller partners, who have added over five crore new listings aimed at building a deep assortment of products relevant for value-savvy buyers.

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Snapdeal has more than five lakh registered sellers, who have more than 20 crore listings on the marketplace, the company claims. (IANS)

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