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Researchers Detect 172 Malicious Apps on Google Play Store

To recall, last month Google removed 46 apps from the marketplace belonging to Chinese mobile developer iHandy

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Huawei smartphones are seen in front of displayed Google Play logo in this illustration picture, May 20, 2019. VOA

Researchers have detected a total of 172 infected apps with over 335 million installs found on Googles Play Store in September alone.

ESET researcher Lukas Stefanko said that the majority of those 172 malicious apps were harbouring adware, Threatpost reported on Tuesday.

“Unwanted ads or adware is popular category because after installation it does not request any further inputs, like banking trojans, and can simply generate revenue for developers right from the beginning,” Threatpost quoted Stefanko.

“Also, it is not as difficult to create adware as it is to create Android ransomware or banking Trojans,” Stefanko added.

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Previously, if users were not signed into their Google accounts, pre-installed apps on their devices, including the Play Store, were cut off from updates. Pixabay

The malicious category includes the applications that are infected by adware, subscription scams, hidden ads, SMS premium subscription, and more.

Also Read: WhatsApp Testing a Key Feature to Help Users Self-destruct Posts

As per the report, most of the applications that were found to be malicious have been removed.

To recall, last month Google removed 46 apps from the marketplace belonging to Chinese mobile developer iHandy. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Now Back on Google Play Store After its Sudden Disappearance

Due to the sudden disappearance, those who were looking to join WhatsApp for the first time were not able to install it via the Play Store

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FILE - The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Saturday confirmed that the app was now back on the Google App store after its sudden disappearance.

New users’ can download the app on Android phones by just typing WhatsApp on the search box of Google Play Store.

Unfortunately, the reason for the short absence remains unclear.

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Users on Friday reported that the Facebook-owned instant chat messenger app disappeared from the Google Play Store.

Also Read: Microsoft Planning to Launch a New Keyboard with Emoji Menu

Due to the sudden disappearance, those who were looking to join WhatsApp for the first time were not able to install it via the Play Store. (IANS)