Do you have this app on Android? Remove it now, it is infected with malware!

Barcode Scanner

It’s called Barcode Scanner and, after the recent update of the Android app, dangerous malware has been inserted that makes this once useful application nefarious. It was used to read barcodes through the smartphone’s camera. It is now a threat.

In its bosom, a Trojan, a Trojan horse that housed potent malware that caused the opening of seemingly random websites and triggered the installation of unsolicited applications. It had more than 10 million installations.

The Barcode Scanner app contains malware, remove it from your Android now

Barcode Scanner

The Barcode Scanner application has already been removed from the Google Play Store, but with more than ten million installations on Android devices, its harmful potential is immense. The hidden threat was recently discovered by the malwarebytes team.

Seemingly innocuous and truly useful (until then), the Barcode Scanner application was developed by Lavabird Ltd. It was a free, simple-to-use application that read QR codes and conventional bar codes quickly.

And, although many free apps have the monetization mechanism of displaying advertising, through SDK for that purpose, Barcode Scanner was not particularly aggressive or intrusive in the presentation of advertisements and advertisements.

Everything would change, however, once the latest application update has been distributed. After analyzing it, the team of security researchers at MalwareBytes discovered a Trojan horse hidden in the application’s lines of code.

Malware causes the presentation of mass advertising on Android

Barcode Scanner
Listing of the Barcode Scanner app on the Google Play Store.

More specifically, the Android / Trojan.HiddenAds.AdQR. According to the source, this malicious software used “heavy obfuscation” to avoid being discovered by Google Play Store filters like Play Protect, among others.

The purpose of this malware? Present successive waves of advertising to the user of the Android smartphone or tablet. Something that happens with the spontaneous opening of web pages created for that purpose, the user not having control over these pop-ups.

The application was very popular on the Google Play Store

The team of investigators confessed to having difficulties in recreating all the scenarios that the victims could be experiencing, pointing out that the most common is the opening, by the browser, of pages loaded with advertising.

Furthermore, this malware facilitated the installation of malicious applications, opening application download windows, and acting without the user’s consent. The goal for those responsible for the malware is to obtain financial profits by presenting waves of advertising through the infected Android devices.

Barcode Scanner was a very popular application. In addition to having more than 10 million installations, had at least 73,932 very positive reviews, with more than four stars on the Google Play Store.

We alert you to the fact that there are several applications with a name similar to the Barcode Scanner, the barcode and QR code reader. More specifically, the package to remove is com.qrcodescanner.barcodescanner.

The latest version available was the 1.68 from the Barcode Scanner app. If you have it installed, remove it as soon as possible!

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