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Researchers spot fake mobile antivirus scanners on Google Play

Security researchers from AegisLab have spotted numerous fake mobile antivirus scanners, currently available for download at Google's Play marketplace.
Written by Dancho Danchev, Contributor on

Think that just because you're downloading an application from an official application store, you're safe from malicious software? Think twice.

Security researchers from AegisLab have spotted numerous fake mobile antivirus scanners, currently available for download at Google's Play marketplace.

This isn't the first time that a fake mobile antivirus has been spotted in the wild, and definitely not the last. Last year, security researchers from CA spotted a bogus Kaspersky-branded fake mobile antivirus application.

Users are advised to only download applications from known and trusted publishers, and to to avoid secondary marketplaces as much as possible, and to also double-checked that they're downloading the official version of a particular application, not a bogus version of it.

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