Google Play Adware Apps Continue to Infect Millions of Android Devices

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Inside Google Play’s fight against device-threatening adware applications that continue to pop up, even after force-closing.

If you have an Android device and you have ever downloaded an application from the Google Play Store, then you are well aware of adware.

Are you tired of this programs that redirect your search requests to advertisement websites? And even worse, have you ever come across pop-ups that continue to display their content even after you have force-closed them?

This adware has continued to affect millions of Android devices all over the world for some time now, and it is a big problem to all Android devices.

But Google is fighting a war against adware that continues to display pop-ups against your wish.

Removing Reportedly Malicious Adware

United Kingdom-based researchers from SophosLabs found around 47 apps that could not be removed or fully scrubbed out of the device’s memory once they’d been installed by the user.

Google has removed some of this adware, while still checking the threat abilities of remaining ones.

This persistent adware has a unique code whereby when you force it to quit, the program creates a loop that retains the ad.

This is followed by a series of processes that replicate the code within your device, hence the failure to stop the app from running.

It is reported that Google has removed about six million adware programs of this nature.

All apps that are submitted to Google Play are thoroughly scanned.

Currently, developers have to adhere to security protocol before they can upload their software for people to download.

The store has a built-in security check software that scans applications for any sort of adware and ransomware.

But this is not a fool-proof measure, as some adware programs are able to pass through the security scan and get to users’ devices.

Some software prevents devices from communicating with Google Play, so the program can remain open for business on the store.

To respond to this kind of threat, Google Play has a system in place that checks the kind of Android apps that impede users from sending feedback to Google.

Apps that cause these problems frequently are evaluated manually, and the necessary measures are taken if they are found to possess codes that infringe users’ privacy.

Introducing New Protection Feature

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Google Protect is now available in more than two million Android devices

Google has rolled out a native-built security layer that does not even need the user’s intervention.

The feature is now available in more than two million Android devices.

This is an automated software that works in the background of a device and monitors it at all times.

The feature is always updating, and it automatically takes action against invasive adware without you even lifting a finger.

Besides providing your device with security, Google Protect makes the security of your device visible.

As such, you are able to know the safety status of your device.

The ability to monitor the Android application from other sources makes this feature not only useful to Google Play apps, but also provides guaranteed protection with adware from other sources.

Installation Verification Feature

This is a relatively older feature and has been in use for quite some time now.

It analyzes apps before installation of any ad-related, risky programs.

The downside is that adware developers are well aware of this feature, and consequently develop Android apps that are able to pass through this software.

They create suspicious codes that pose a threat to your device.

Users are required to give permission before certain adware is installed but unfortunately, most of them give the go-ahead to apps that have a high risk of damage.

Users are advised to fully analyze all the software they install and to be aware of the risks involved.

As long as Google Play is trying to help with the management of adware, personal judgement is much more important in order to make sure your phone is protected.

Android device adware is real, and you should always verify all the Android apps that you download from Google Play.

And it is noteworthy to remember—Google’s battle against dangerous adware is also our fight, as users of the company’s products.

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