Threat Database Adware FakeAdBlocker


By GoldSparrow in Adware

The FakeAdBlocker is an application for Android devices that claims to help users block unwanted advertisements and therefore enhance their browsing quality. Unfortunately, this is definitely not the case. The FakeAdBlocker utility not only fails to remove or block any advertisements but would make sure to introduce a ton of new advertisements whenever you are using your Android device. This scheme is monetized as the more advertisements the user is spammed with more revenue are the adware creators generating.

The operators of the FakeAdBlocker adware program are likely to distribute it using several methods including:

  • Misleading advertisements that promote this fake utility.
  • Bogus advertisements, which are hosted on the official Google Play Store.
  • Fraudulent advertisements hosted on third-party application stores.

Users need to be extremely careful when they install new software on their devices. It is advisable to stay away from third-party app stores as their security measures are often weak, and they are more likely to overlook and allow PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and even malware on their platforms. However, this does not mean that official application stores like the Google Play Store have flawless defense measures. Unfortunately, many PUPs and unsafe applications have found their way on the official Google Play Store by finding clever ways to bypass the security measures set in place. This is why you should be very wary when allowing new applications access to your device. Make sure the applications you choose have great reviews and come from trustworthy vendors.

The FakeAdBlocker tool is a pretty significant threat - it is responsible for over 16% of total anti-virus software detections, so it is safe to say that it is one of the most widely spread Android adware families. If you have installed the FakeAdBlocker utility or you suspect that you may have a different adware program running on your Android device, it is best to scan it using a genuine anti-malware application that is compatible with your OS.


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