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Google Play is flooded with hundreds of unsafe anti-virus products
A new study conducted by AV-Comparatives, a well-respected independent testing agency, has closely examined whether 250 security products for Android smartphones are capable of protecting users at all. The test evaluated whether Android anti-virus products available in the official Google Play store can protect against the 2000 most common Android malware threats of 2018. Compared to the total Android malware in existence, 2000 is a small number – but the fact that these samples were considered the most commonly encountered means that no anti-virus product worth its salt should be failing to detect them all. For each and every anti-virus product, for each and every malicious sample, the same real-world methodology was used: The Chrome browser would be opened and the malicious sample would be downloaded. The downloaded .apk file would be opened with a file explorer app. The malicious app would be installed.The installed app would be executed.
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