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Android.FakeApp.176

Added to the Dr.Web virus database: 2020-05-16

Virus description added:

SHA1:

  • f79de6d6c0320438df7d7d491fd615407d86f941
  • 24f4604d8a8f7086261962259e900876f1110b35
  • 54f2d1ad9a1eb9cb19753eadb0ec44ea67ccb86e

Description

A fraudulent trojan for the Android operating system. Its various modifications are disguised as famous applications and games and spread through the malicious websites. While downloading it, users believe that they are installing a genuine app. However, the trojan’s only purpose is to trick victims and make them complete tasks on the affiliate services’ websites.

Operating principle

Upon launching, Android.FakeApp.176 imitates the program under the guise of which it was installed. With that, the trojan then displays a message requiring users to activate the app or verify the mobile device to continue using the program.

If agreed, trojan opens the browser and loads one of the affiliate services’ websites. On this website, the users are invited to complete one or several tasks. For example, users can be asked to install and launch an application or to participate in the online survey. When the task is completed, fraudsters receive a reward from the affiliate service, while the users do not get the app’s expected functionality.

News about the trojan

Curing recommendations


Android

  1. 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.
  2. 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;
    • Switch off your device and turn it on as normal.

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