Android/Trojan.FakeAdsBlock

Short bio

Android/Trojan.FakeAdsBlock is Malwarebytes’ detection name for an extremely stealthy adware installer pretending to be an ad blocker for Android devices.

Symptoms

Users of affected systems will typically see full screen advertisements when opening the default browser, as well as ads in their notifications, and even ads delivered via home screen widget. They may also have seen this type of screen during install:

FakeAdsBlock install

Users may notice this key icon in the status bar:

FakeAdsBlock key icon

Type and source of infection

Android/Trojan.FakeAdsBlock is a Trojan for the Android platform that installs adware and possibly other malware. It is most likely installed from a third-party app store(s) by users looking for a legitimate ad blocker.

Aftermath

When Android/Trojan.FakeAdsBlock is running in the background, users may notice this blank notification.

FakeAdsBlock blank notification

When users click on the notification, it will ask permission to install unknown apps with a toggle button to “Allow from this source.” In this case, the source is the Trojan app. This could open up the ability to install even more malware.

Protection

Malwarebytes for Android protects against Android/Trojan.FakeAdsBlock.

Remediation

Android/Trojan.FakeAdsBlock is extremely hard to find on the mobile device once installed. That is where Malwarebytes for Android can help you, by identifying these apps and removing them.

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