There are several reasons for not downloading any kind of software or other apps other than official sources or in case of Android, the PlayStore. However, from time to time, users are convinced to download apps from other sources which claim to improve a device’s performance by significant margin only to make a fool out of themselves and have different issues with the operating system. Over the years though Google’s PlayStore has been a go to place to find safe apps that would eradicate danger of such application. Recently though, the Android users located an App called “System Update” which claimed to help you to update the Operating System regularly. Since Android automatically downloads update if you select it from the settings, it’s highly unlikely that you would need to use such an app. but regardless of that, the app was downloaded between 1 to 5 million times over last several years.
The app was first launched way back in 2014 and was a spyware that sent different data from device to the creator. Apart from that, the app could also look at certain incoming messages which can be pretty difficult to deal with and there are plenty of evidences provided by security firm Zscaler that the app works in the background even when the app isn’t really on use.
After discovering the application, the firm notified Google about the potential security concerns the users are facing and understandably, the tech giant has taken action and since then removed the application. Interestingly, the app doesn’t provide detailed information on how it works or how the App would manage the update process. However, a number of people downloaded the app over the years and the company couldn’t remove the app before it was downloaded between 1 and 5 million times. If you are one of the users who downloaded and installed the application, you should uninstall the App as soon as you can and check for any malware you might have installed in the process.
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