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Android users don’t install this app on your device


Team Udayavani, Apr 14, 2021, 10:41 AM IST

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APKPure, the biggest third-party store, has been infected with malware that could spread dangerous Trojans on Android devices.

According to the report in Kaspersky Lab, APKPure has been trojanized and is distributing trojans.

The report advised people to never download apps from unofficial sources and block the installation of apps from third-party sources. It also recommends blocking the installation of apps from third-party sources in Android’s settings.

A trojan is a type of malware that is often disguised as legitimate software but once activated, trojans can enable cyber-criminals to spy on you, steal your sensitive data, and gain backdoor access to your system.

The company shows that APKPure version 3.17.18 comes with an advertisement SDK featuring a TRojan dropper. This is HEUR: Trojan-Dropper.AndroidOS.Triada.ap, which installs a malicious payload when launched.

The app unpacks and runs its payload after being launched. It causes trouble for your device and shows ads on the lock screen, opens browser tabs, collects information about the device, and downloads other malware.

APKPure has now released an updated version 3.17.19 on its website. The description on APKPure website regarding the website reads, “Fixed a potential security problem, making APKPure safer to use.”

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