False AVG Antivirus App Targets Android

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 @ 12:09 PM gHale

Faux Android apps appear on Google Play quite frequently, but AVG Technologies researchers said they found at least 33 applications that contain aggressive advertising components.

Of these apps, some look like legitimate apps from Microsoft, Google and Twitter. However, some of the programs end up disguised as AVG Antivirus, including the recently launched AVG 2014.

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The researchers said the developers of these fake applications have designed all sorts of new AVG icons to make their creations look more legitimate.

Once installed, the fake security programs change the device’s search options, and start pushing all sorts of advertisements for adult services.

As a word of warning, if you are looking to install an AVG Antivirus on your Android phone, make sure the developer is AVG Mobile.

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