Google has removed 27 apps
that prompted users to install a fake Play Store after researchers from
Pune-based Quick Heal Technologies spotted these malicious apps of
dropper category and reported the issue.
These apps were designed
to infect devices with adware after someone fell prey to their
continuous installation prompts for fake "Google Play Store", Quick Heal
Security Lab said.
The apps stated that users need to install
Google Play Store for gaming purposes. If someone cancelled the
installation prompt, then it showed the pop-up continuously until
installation of the app.
On executing the parent app, it launched a dropped app.
fake "Google Play Store" remained in the device even after its parent
app was uninstalled and kept on displaying full screen ads at random
The app kept running in the background and showed full screen ads till one did not uninstall it manually.
apps were published by the same developer with the name "AFAD Drift
Racer" and all the apps belonged to free car racing games category,
Quick Heal said.
To avoid installing fake mobile apps, users
should check an app's description before downloading and avoid
downloading apps from third-party app stores. Using a reliable mobile
antivirus may also help prevent fake and malicious apps from getting
installed on one's phone.