A team of researchers from Avast initially discovered a total of 47 apps related to the Trojan HeadAids, a part of the Trojan family. However, after receiving reports from antivirus companies, Google has removed 30 of these apps.
Some Trojan applications searched by the Avast team have demanded that the browser be opened to show ads to users. Because apps hide their icons after a certain period of time, users are often unable to understand why ads are published on their devices. However, these Trojan applications can be uninstalled through the device’s app manager because they are only visible there.
The Avast team discovered that each of the apps discovered was a separate developer, listed on Google Play with a common email address.
Overall, these apps, including Trojan HydeAds, have been downloaded more than 15 million times. Some of the most downloaded top apps, which were live in the Play Store before this news was written, include Skateboard – Find New, Secret Differences, Spot Hidden Differences, Tony Shoot – New and Stacking Guys.