Malicious Apps Return to Google Play with Simple Name Change

Apps Riddled with Malware Return to Google Play Store

On a regular basis, app stores are conducting security scans on potential apps to ensure their legitimacy.  They do this for a couple reasons.  First, app stores do not want their platform to be used as a breeding ground for malicious activity.  Secondly, the store will lose credibility with users if they’re allowing malicious apps to be distributed within their store.  Although, there have been times malicious activity has slipped through the cracks, and it has happened again.

Recently the Google Play Store’s security has failed.  Tremendously.  For a reason, still unclear to the public, the Google Play Store allowed several malicious apps back into their Store, with a simple name change of the program and publisher.  This means, none of the malicious coding was changed.  Therefore, if the security teams and/or software scanners, were working as they should — these apps should have been easily blocked, as the coding was previously identified as malicious.  However, that was not the case.

That malicious apps, disguised as productivity apps, have been removed from the Google Play Store.  At this time, no specific application names are being disclosed.  According to Engadget, Google has yet to comment.

Keeping Your Android Device Protected

It is important users keep their mobile devices, both tablets and smart phones, protected from malicious software.  Often times users will keep just as much personal information on mobile devices, as they do on laptops or desktops, yet do not think to install a security solution on them.

Existing PC Matic consumers have the ability to add Android devices to their existing license, assuming they have not filled up all five device slots on their license.  To do so, users must:

  • Go to the Google Play Store
  • Search “PC Matic for Android”
  • Download the app
  • Login using their existing PC Matic login credentials

Users who do not have PC Matic are encouraged to contact their existing security solution provider to inquire if they offer a plan for mobile devices.

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16 thoughts on “Malicious Apps Return to Google Play with Simple Name Change”

  1. Well, I think Google has changed its guidelines to provide better user experience to its users. These types of errors occur initially.

  2. Thanks so much. This article was really helpful because I’ve been wanting to protect my phone and kindle but did know the process. I love PC Matic because it really works…Absolutely no problems on my computer since using this protection and recommend it to all my friends and family.

  3. Sadly in the past whenever I used your program my pcs would go crazy, completely lock it up so I’d have to first wipe the drives & reinstall my os. Every 2 months. If I listened to the “advice” here, the reinstalls more frequently. Years go by, my subsequent pcs clean of this bs and Not one malware or whatever ___ware, has got me and it’s been 3 years with this os install. Only one install.
    As for Google Play, I’ve tried hundreds of apps if not thousands and well guess what? Nothing of what you speak. I think I’ll take my own advice this time, you are trying to sell something, of course there’s going to be something bad out there so your product sells if you’re convincing enough.
    Unfortunately, you’re part of the problem and the cause of so many headaches for me. And probably many others.

    1. Hi Jane,
      Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I am not able to find an account tied to the email address you have here. Although, I do want to make it clear that we are consistently striving to improve our product. I understand you experienced issues in the past; although, it sounds like that was years ago. Our software has done nothing but improve since then. I would encourage you to give us another shot!

    1. PC Matic cannot control what applications are on the Google Play Store. However, if PC Matic users were to attempt to download these malicious apps—they wouldn’t be able to do so, as they have already been identified as bad and the hackers didn’t not change the coding prior to putting the programs back on the platform.

  4. I Appreciate you So Much. I’ve been using PCMatic for a few years and have stayed 100% protected. Such peace of mind. Thank you again. I tell everyone about you guys.

  5. Michael Lancto

    I have PC Matic but somehow I got hit with Elara and I cannot figure out how to remove it. Please help.

  6. why bother telling android users about this if 5he names of the apps aren’t disclosed, waste of my time to read your article

    1. @Fred B: They said that no specific application names are being disclosed at this time. Guess you really did not read it after all.

      1. Yeah, that’s the problem, I wasted time reading the article to learn absolutely nothing except the Google Play Store is vunerable. Name the apps so I can delete them if I (already) & unfortunately have them on my device

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