The shady Android app you should delete immediately

An app for Android users camouflages malicious adware that allows pop-ups to appear on your phone even when the app is not in use.

The PDF reader is designed to wait several hours after downloading before starting to display advertisements, to make it more difficult to determine the origin of the pop-ups.

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The app is called “PDF Reader – Documents Viewer” and the name of the file package is “com.document.pdf.viewer,” according to cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes.

The full-screen ads are reported to be becoming more common over time, and will be signaled with a chime prompting people to check their phones.

There are a few small red flags to watch out for that are visible on the Google Play Store.

First, the content rating is set to “Maturity 17+,” which is unusual for a PDF reader.

Second, the developer name listed under the app name is Fairy Games, and while it’s possible for a game developer to release a PDF reader, it’s definitely not that common.

The content rating and the developer rating are two of the red flags visible on the Google Play Store for this shady Android app. Recognition: Malwarebytes

While the Play Store description warns that the app contains ads, it’s the way the ads appear after downloading – full screen and out of app with notifications – that makes this download so dodgy.

According to Malwarebytes, different versions of the same app have been in circulation since November 2021.

You can uninstall the app in it apps info in your settings or with anti-malware or anti-adware scanners.

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James Brien

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