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Malicious adware infects 20,000 apps for Androids, almost impossible to eradicate


Security researchers have found a new type of Android adware, which can trojanize itself into some of the most popular apps, such as WhatsApp and Facebook. More than 20,000 apps are said to be at risk overall and once embedded, the adware is almost impossible to remove.

The adware advertises itself as legitimate apps that are extremely popular with Android users. These apps can be downloaded from third-party app stores. Many of these apps are fully functional, but they also hide a nasty secret as the adware embeds itself into the operating system.

By creating adverts, it makes money for the adware creators, however, the malware is almost impossible to remove, the tech security firm Lookout Security has discovered. If downloaded, the only way to get rid of the adware is to buy a new device, as even resetting its factory settings will not help.

“Adware, which has traditionally been used to aggressively push ads, is now becoming trojanized and sophisticated,” Lookout wrote in a blog post. “This is a new trend for adware and an alarming one at that.”