The antivirus company has warned users of Android devices against the Barcode Scanner app. Downloaded over 10 million times, this application for scanning barcodes and QR codes hides a virus.
No, the Google Play Store app store is far from perfect. Despite their efforts to make the store as secure as possible, it happens again and again that malicious applications slip through the cracks.
What is more concerning is when these apps slip into Google’s Play Pass offering. This service, which pays for a monthly fee, provides access to more than 500 premium version applications without ads.
In short, it’s really not great when the wolf is invited to this fold …
The Barcode Scanner app has been downloaded over millions of times from the Play Store and should be uninstalled quickly.
A Trojan horse to infect our phone
Malwarebytes sounded the alarm on the Barcode Scanner app, while several users have reported strange behaviors of it since its update on December 4, 2020.
Without asking anything from anyone, the application opens its browser and displays unwanted advertising.
Advertisements display a message that our phone has a problem and to fix it we need to install another app. You can see the merry-go-round …
Here is the Barcode Scanner app malware in action.
The user being constantly reminded that their phone has a problem thinks that there may indeed be a problem and installs the other application which is also infected.
Barcode Scanner was therefore a dormant malicious application whose malicious features were recently activated.
I am speaking in the past tense because the app has been removed from the Play Store.
However, it is still present in the phones of those who downloaded it. It is therefore essential to uninstall it immediately.
This is not to mention that its developer, LAVABIRD LTD, has not been banned from the Play Store as of this writing. So you have to be extra careful not to install one of their application.
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