A Trojan for Android mobile devices. It is distributed under the guise of popular harmless applications. Was first detected on Google Play.
When launched, Android.FakeApp.174 loads a website specified in its settings in Google Chrome. The websites may vary depending on the trojan modification. For example:
After that, the user is redirected to several other websites that prompt them to permit notifications. If the user agrees, they subscribe to notifications from these websites. As a result, dozens of spam notifications start to come in, even when the browser is closed.
These messages are displayed on the device notification panel and may be mistaken for system messages. They may look like notifications from social media, dating websites, news agencies, and other well-known online services. When tapped, the notification redirects you to one of the websites with paid advertising. Many of these resources are fraudulent.
If the mobile device is operating normally, download and install Dr.Web for Android Light. Run a full system scan and follow recommendations to neutralize the detected threats.
If the mobile device has been locked by Android.Locker ransomware (the message on the screen tells you that you have broken some law or demands a set ransom amount; or you will see some other announcement that prevents you from using the handheld normally), do the following:
Load your smartphone or tablet in the safe mode (depending on the operating system version and specifications of the particular mobile device involved, this procedure can be performed in various ways; seek clarification from the user guide that was shipped with the device, or contact its manufacturer);
Once you have activated safe mode, install the Dr.Web для Android Light onto the infected handheld and run a full scan of the system; follow the steps recommended for neutralizing the threats that have been detected;