13 adware infiltrates the Play Store, here's how to get rid of it

Mobile security remains an issue of concern. And while the number of threats is often greater than the number of actual infections, this is not to be taken lightly. As Lookout has just pointed out in its last press release, 13 apps containing adware recently infiltrated the Play Store. Fortunately, the company is already on the job and is working hand in hand with Google to ensure their removal.

13 adware infested apps in the Play Store.

As you probably already know, adware is software, most often installed without the knowledge of the user, displaying pop-up ads and sometimes forcing him to open potentially dangerous web pages. Recently, Lookout has identified the presence of two adware families, HideIcon and NotFunny, respectively hidden within one and twelve applications.

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As its name suggests, once installed on your smartphone, HideIcon will hide its own icon, thus making its removal more difficult and will display pop-up ads on your screen. For its part, Not Funny, which is often found in applications for Christmas ringtones or wallpapers, will encourage the user to download what is called the "payload" which is passed off most of the time for Facebook, asking for several permissions before hiding its icon.

Regarding risks, Lookout recalls the few best practices to adopt before downloading an application, such as reading the reviews of other users, downloading only titles offered by well-known publishers, using a security application, or reading the application permissions before downloading.

How to get rid of it

Did you accidentally install an adware-infested application? To get rid of it, two solutions are available to you.

From your phone settings

  1. Go to your phone's settings then to the “Applications” or “Applications manager” menu
  2. Click on the app you want to uninstall
  3. Choose the option "Uninstall"

From the Google Play Store

  1. Go to the Play Store and open the menu at the top right
  2. Select the option "My applications"
  3. Click on the app you want to uninstall
  4. Choose the option "Uninstall"

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