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Android malware disguises self as ad blocker

Researchers at Malwarebytes have discovered an ad blocker on the Google Play Store to be malware. Going by the name FakeAdsBlock, the malware has infected some 500 users at least.

Infection starts during the installation process when the app request access permission to have other content displayed over other apps. As though this is not a red flag already, the malware continues to ask for permission to install a VPN connection. To round it up, permission to display widgets will be asked. Once getting all permissions, the malware will remove its own icon. From then onwards, you will be bombarded with all sorts of junk, such as full-screen ads, notification spam and other nonsense.

Thankfully, it is fairly easy to get rid of this malware, as you only need to head to the OS’ apps section, as it is easily identifiable as being the one with no icon or name.

Source: Malwarebytes

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