Roskachestvo experts have found dangerous programs on Google Play.
During the test, experts checked 60 applications whose creators positioned them as programs for cleaning smartphone memory. “We decided to focus specifically on applications for the Android platform, as the probability of encountering low-quality and even fraudulent cleaners in the Google Play Market is much higher than in the AppStore,” the organization said in a statement.
As a result, the most negative aspect of using the applications turned out to be the excessive amount of ads. And the function of disabling banner ads was detected only in four percent of applications. The specialists called obtrusive banners potentially dangerous for the user, because a phishing or malicious page can hide behind them.
About 50 percent of the apps tested had access to Wi-Fi – they analyzed connected devices. “Obviously, an application that cleans RAM and optimizes performance needs a fairly wide range of permissions,” the experts noted. However, the experts stressed that the program definitely does not need access to the microphone or camera to clear memory.
Speed Cleaner – Phone Booster & Battery Saver and Phone Cleaner – Clean Ram & Junk Cleaner & Booster were the most suspicious programs. At the time of writing, the first has already been removed from Google Play, while the second has been subject to an expert complaint from Roskatchestvo.
In conclusion, experts advised users to download applications only from trusted sources – App Store, Google Play, Huawei AppGallery. It is also recommended to pay attention to the evaluation of the program in the store and user reviews, monitor the accesses that the application requests. If you have an antivirus, it makes sense to check the downloaded program for infected files.