In Android Ayuda we remind you, on countless occasions, that security in mobile phones is one of the aspects that must be taken care of the most. At all levels, whether they are passwords, personal data protection, visual privacy or chats. Still, we are not exempt from the risk of downloading apps that may include this type of malware, and not exactly unknown apps.
And it is that from Check Point Software, a website specialized in this type of matter, has reported that a considerable amount of apps include a disturbing malware. This allows autonomous access to advertising banners without us, the users, noticing. The virus, called ‘Tekya’, mimics that action as if it were a human being, accessing mobile advertising from sites like Facebook or AppLovin ’.
Beware of children's apps
Most of those affected, have a large number of downloads, reaching millions of users who have decided to install them on their smartphone and without knowing the consequences. It does not mean that the developers of these apps are directly to blame, since it has been the malware which has infiltrated your software.
For more inri, of the 56 apps that have been detected, practically half are child-themed, making the malware's target even more twisted. The range of titles is quite wide, from apps for educational purposes, to children's puzzles, to racing or action games. The rest are focused on giving a utility, such as calculators, kitchen apps or translators. As we can see, they are normal programs from day to day, which do not show any suspicion, but it is that ‘Tekya’ is undetectable for Google Play Protect.
To imitate the actions of the users, generate clicks and therefore generate money through advertising, ‘Tekya’ uses development MotionEventto achieve such an end. Fortunately, all 56 apps have been removed from the Google store and they won't cause any more trouble. However, it is another wake-up call for Google Play and for you to continue to investigate increasing more barriers against these malicious viruses.
List of all apps with malware
Although they are removed from the store, it is important to publish what are the programs infected by this malware, since many users can continue to use them on their devices. Here are the 56 apps with ad fraud malware.
How to know if you have installed one of these apps with viruses
To check if you have installed it, you only have to put any of these, you just have to put this code in the navigation bar of any browser: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id= and then try the ones you saw in the images. If you are logged in to your Google account, on the button that accompanies all of them instead of saying Install, Installed will appear and you already know that you should delete it immediately.