Antivirus firm Avast has cautioned the Android users against an Android malware that is particularly annoying in nature.
When a smartphone is locked, a large number of apps lie in a dormant stage for up to a month before activating pop-up adverts that woos users to click on them.
According to the company, such clicks can potentially lead to malware-infested web pages that run prohibited processes on the Android handset and even prompt the users to get other applications installed on their devices.
On the Avast blog, Filip Chytry writes: “Each time you unlock your device an ad is presented to you, warning you about a problem, e.g. that your device is infected, out of date or full of porn. This, of course, is a complete lie. You are then asked to take action, however, if you approve you get re-directed to harmful threats on fake pages, like dubious app stores and apps that attempt to send premium SMS behind your back or to apps that simply collect too much of your data for comfort while offering you no additional value.”
The applications loaded with malware carries a patience or solitaire card game ‘Durak’, a history-based application and an IQ test. According to the Google Play Store, Durak has been downloaded from five to ten million times.
The Avast Forum members think that the code carrying the malware is packed in the config file for the mobi.dash apk , according to the reports.
According to the reports, search engine giant Google is probing into the matter and may pull out any such application from its official store that are posing risk to Android phones.