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Rogue adware SimBad found in the Play Store, over 200 affected apps with 150+ million downloads removed

Another day, another security problem. This time, we have what's been dubbed SimBad by the Check Point research team, a rogue adware campaign found to affect over 200 now-removed apps in the Play Store — these apps together accounted for over 150 million downloads. It shows out-of-context ads, exposes users to other malicious apps, and can even open a URL in the browser without the user's consent.

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New Year's resolution: Make your friends and family get rid of garbage apps

Many of you are visiting family for the holidays, which means you're sharing meals, telling stories, and exchanging gifts. In fact, quite a few of you may be giving phones or tablets to family members this year. If you're a regular around here, you're probably also known as the resident gadget expert, an honor that is both a compliment and a curse — you know what I'm talking about. While you might be trying to avoid impromptu tech support work, we would like to encourage taking a few minutes to do something for the greater good: Clean the trash apps from your family members' devices.

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Some Android devices from ZTE, Archos, and others shipping with 'Cosiloon' malware

ZTE is currently fighting with the US government to lift a trade ban, while federal intelligence committees accuse the company of spying on US consumers. It looks like ZTE might be in even more trouble, as pre-installed malware has been found on several phones from the company. Avast Software has released details about the 'Cosiloon' malware on its blog, which has also been found on devices from Archos, Prestigio, and others.

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Hotspot Shield VPN developer in trouble over lockscreen ads and potential privacy concerns

Lock screen adware in the Play Store is nothing new. Last year, Google had a bit of an epidemic on its hands, when once beloved apps such as ES File Explorer started showing unwarranted overlays while phones were charging. We saw a similar thing with the Peel Smart Remote app earlier this year, and the latest offender appears to be Hotspot Shield VPN.

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ES File Explorer Update Removes The Adware Charging Screen

ES File Explorer has been going downhill for a while ever since it was bought out by a third-party. It's gotten more and more bloated, but the recent addition of a useless charging lock screen with ads was the last straw for many. We've since seen that same junk feature (a version of DU Battery Saver) worm its way into other apps, but at least the developers of ES have wised up and removed it.

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Hey Google, Please Deal With The Explosion Of Lock Screen Adware In The Play Store

The once beloved ES File Explorer was revealed recently to be little more than a Trojan Horse, used to get adware installed on thousands of devices with one update. This was apparently just the beginning. Users have started compiling a spreadsheet of apps that sneak the same adware-infused charging lock screen onto your device. There are already about 20 of them. Google, where are you?

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ES File Explorer Updated With Super-Shady 'Charging Boost' Adware

ES File Explorer has been on Android since time immemorial, but it has been getting a little bloated since being acquired a while back. The most recent update might be the last straw for many users. ES File Explorer is now offering to speed up charging by a whopping 20%. Wow, what a deal! It's complete bunk, of course. All you really get are ads on your lock screen.

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[Update: Gone From App Drawer] Latest Apex Launcher Update Has Users Up In Arms Over New Feeling Lucky 'Feature'

Apex's most recent update has brought the third-party launcher a flood of angry reviews over a new app recommendation feature that users are perceiving as adware. The popular app's overall score still sits well above a 4.0, but you don't need to scroll through the latest reviews for long before coming across numerous one-star ratings and anger-driven complaints.

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Think these are a few disgruntled users? AppBrain shows the average review diving off a cliff since version 3.0.2 hit Google Play.

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Coolpad's Android Devices Have Factory-Installed Backdoor That Impersonates Google Play Services Framework, Says Security Firm

In a report released today, security researchers claim to have identified a vulnerability in as many as 24 Coolpad devices. The backdoor, which the researchers at Palo Alto Networks call "CoolReaper," reportedly installs adware without user consent or notification. More problematic is the fact that Coolpad built the backdoor into the operating systems themselves. The cherry on top is that Coolpad even had the nefarious app impersonate the Google Play Services framework file to avoid alerting users.

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