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We uncovered a secret network of 27 app developers in the Google Play store

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Update May 22: Updated to include the results of analysis of 2NAD apps by mobile security firm Pradeo.

Update April 22: Google has finally removed all but 1 of these 2NAD apps from the Play store. The only app remaining from this network is Video Editor, Video Maker With Music Photos & Text, which previously was published by the developer Jacinto Macias, but now has been changed to a new developer, Alla Morning. However, if you have any of these apps (listed at the end of the article) on your phone, you should delete them immediately.Our new research discovered that there’s a secret group of at least 27 app developers, with 101 apps in total for a combined 69 million installs, that seem to be connected, apparently copying each others’ apps, stealing apps from popular developers, and committing other fraud.

There’s much about this strange network that is unknown. Because they seem to share what’s become our initial connection – their app developer names consist of two parts, mostly Western names – we’ve termed this group as a two-name app developer network, or 2NAD for short.

Besides the names, we’ve discovered that:

  • These apps are asking for an immense amount of dangerous permissions that unnecessarily put users’ risk in danger
  • These 2NAD developers have the same Privacy Policy, copies of which are all published on Google Docs.
  • The websites listed for each app are all based on the same incomplete Firebase “website,” all with the same URL structure. The link to the website is a shortened bit.ly link
  • When we looked at the APKs, there were obvious duplicates between the 2NAD network
  • Some APKs were clearly stolen from other, more popular app developers outside the 2NAD network
  • When comparing these duplicate or stolen apps side-by-side, the duplication becomes easy to see

Below, we go through each connection with detailed proofs. In general, however, there’s a huge problem with this 2NAD network. First of all, duplicating each others’ apps, or stealing other developers’ apps, is most likely against Google’s Android policies.

Additionally, these apps are also violating other Android policies, which include

  • Misrepresentation, since they mislead their users and participate in a “coordinated activity to mislead users” by not notifying the users that they are probably part of the same network
  • Repetitive Content, which doesn’t allow apps that have highly similar (in our research, nearly 100% similar) functions, content and user experience
  • Made for Ads policy, which doesn’t allow apps whose primary purpose seem to be just to serve ads

Beyond that, it is bad for the user, since cloned/stolen apps may, in the best case scenario, provide users with a poor user experience, especially when it’s flooded with ads. In the worst case scenario, these apps can later become vehicles for malicious purposes, including stolen data or other malware.

For that reason, we recommend deleting any of the 101 apps found within the 2NAD network (we list all the 101 apps and 27 app developers at the end of the article).

About this research

In order to carry out this research, we looked at suspicious apps that met our first connection – the app developers having two names. After that, we filtered apps based on whether they share one of the other connections mentioned above. The initial data was gathered in January 2020. Since that time, some app names may have changed, and apps may have been removed from the Play store for various reasons.

High amount of dangerous permissions

Below, we’ll look at the proofs related to the connections of these 2NAD developers. However, these apps are asking for a huge amount of dangerous permissions that, if abused, can lead to stolen data and other serious breaches of user privacy.

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In order to concisely analyze the types of permissions requested, we looked only at those apps that have at least 10,000 installs, which totalled 58 apps.

So what are the most requested permissions here?

Permission nameNo. requested
android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE53
android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE44
android.permission.CAMERA32
android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE28
android.permission.RECORD_AUDIO24
android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION10
android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION7
android.permission.WRITE_CONTACTS3
android.permission.READ_CALENDAR2
android.permission.CALL_PHONE2
android.permission.USE_SIP1
android.permission.BODY_SENSORS1

As you can see, the most requested dangerous permissions are related to reading and writing storage, which can already pose some privacy and security problems. That’s because those permissions allow apps the ability to scan all your files -- including your images, videos, documents, and more -- as well as save any files to your device.

However, only by looking at the permissions by app can you get the full picture of the privacy and security risks here. Let’s take some examples:

  • A call recorder app that wants permission to take pictures and record video
  • A calculator app that asks for permission to your camera and your phone state, which allows them to see your cellular network information, phone accounts, and status of calls
  • A dual account app that wants to access your GPS, your camera, your microphone, body sensors, your calendar, to see and edit your contacts, to see and edit your files, check your phone status, and much more
  • A photo editor that wants to record audio
  • A memory booster that wants your exact location
  • A phone cooler that wants to see and edit your files, get your location and read your phone status

These bizarre permissions have nothing to do with the core function of the app. So why are these apps requesting them?

Optimistically, they just want to make as much money from you as possible.

As mentioned before in our research on dangerous beauty camera apps, app developers can make a hefty amount of money by selling your data to advertisers directly, or indirectly to data brokers. One data broker pays developers about $4/month for just 1,000 active users, which can come up to $8,000/month if they have even 1 million active users. (The total installs for the 2NAD network is almost 70 million, by the way, which can give the network a revenue of $10,000-$976,000 per month.)

Pessimistically, these apps could be stealing your data or enabling malicious content to enter your device. This is compounded by the fact that these apps are hiding their connection and operating from an unknown source.

One worst case scenario is that apps can launch ransomware once users have granted them the necessary permissions, make secret phone calls, or sell user data on the black market. They could even be harvesting user data and collecting them in secret servers.

In general, because these apps are already participating in risky behaviors that potentially violate Google’s Android policies, it’s best that users delete these apps immediately to mitigate all risks.

Proof #1 Each developer has a two-part name

The major reason that we’ve gotten to calling this network the 2NAD network is because each of these developers has two names as their developer name – seemingly a first name and last name.

While this by itself is not suspicious, it's the first thing that caught my eye while I was looking through apps on the Play store. While the app names seem Western, the actual apps seem to be made for an Asian audience, such as makeup apps, Asian-inspired filters and the promotional materials for these apps.

Here’s a sample of these app developer names:

  • Alex Joe (10 million installs)
  • Virgilo Malley (7 million installs)
  • Arrow Frankie (6 million installs)
  • Armel Bilton (6 million installs)
  • Daniel Malley (1.3 million installs)
  • Hudson Parker (3 million installs)
  • Noble Gracious (2 million installs)

(Of the 27 2NAD developers, only two names do not fit this pattern: ProCam - HD Camera and Fruit VPN - Better Connect.)

These names seem to have been created by an online name generator.

Proof #2 The same Privacy Policies with slight name changes

The second big red flag, which became our first filter, was the fact that the Privacy Policies for 2NAD apps were all bit.ly links leading to the same published Google Doc.

The bit.ly links when hovering over these 2NAD apps’ Privacy Policies

The only difference between these Privacy Policies was the name of the listed app developer.

privacy policy document
Same privacy policy, with a slight developer name change

Proof #3 The same URL structure for these apps’ “websites”

When a website is listed for a 2NAD app, it leads to a Firebase hosting URL, which (like the privacy policy) is a free Google service.

The URL structure is invariably: [app-name].web.app.

These “websites” are also not finished, all with the same message: “You're seeing this because you've successfully setup Firebase Hosting. Now it's time to go build something extraordinary!”

welcome messages
Left: Face Makeup Camera & Beauty Photo Makeup Editor by Alex Joe (10 million installs); Right: Mod for Minecraft, Mods For Minecraft Animals by Daniel Malley (1 million installs)
welcome messages
Left: Video Editor, Video Maker With Music Photos & Text by Hudson Parker (1 million installs); Right: Beauty Camera Makeup Face Selfie, Photo Editor by Virgilo Malley (1 million installs)

Proof #4 Stolen apps visible when comparing app UI

Some of these 2NAD apps seem to have explicitly and unashamedly cloned entire apps from other popular app developers. To be “unique,” they’ve simply changed certain colors and button styles.

However, the UI and functions are pretty much the same. For example, while looking through the APK for Daniel Malley’s Glitch Effect Video, Photo Editor Grainy Effect, I came across the email address “[email protected]”.

email in code

While we initially expected some readme text from github libraries, this email address actually belonged to a competing and very popular app developer called InShot Inc. When I looked through that developer’s apps, I noticed a similar app that provided glitch effects for videos. I installed both and compared them visually.

These are UI screenshots from the InShot app called Video Editor - Glitch Video Effect, Movie Maker (10 million installs)

And these are UI screenshots from the 2NAD developer Daniel Malley, with their app Glitch Effect Video, Photo Editor Grainy Effect (500,000 installs)

As you can see, these apps are exactly the same. The only difference is that the 2NAD app is flooded with ads, including interstitials after nearly every user interaction.

In a second case, I found another developer’s email address in Virgilo Malley’s Video Converter To MP3 Music & Audio MP3 Cutter:

This email address is connected to the app developer VideoMaster Tools. They have a similar video converter app, so I downloaded that one to compare the two apps.

On the left is the duplicate (cloned) app Video Converter To MP3 Music & Audio MP3 Cutter from the 2NAD developer Virgilo Malley. On the right, we have what we assume to be the authentic, non-2NAD Mp4 to Mp3 - Convert Video to Audio, Cut Ringtones from VideoMaster Tools:

The only things they changed were the colors and the placement of the ads.

Proof #5 Duplicate apps visible when analyzing APK files

To back up our visual comparison findings, I decided to look through the APK files to see if there were any similarities on the technical level. Firstly, I discovered that the app names in the Play store are different than the app names once installed on the device.

When looking at those, I discovered the first similarities, with three apps from the 2NAD developers Hudson Parker, ProCam - HD Camera, and Armel Bilton:

When I placed these apps’ APK files side-by-side, I saw that the similarities didn’t stop there:

I discovered the same with call recorder apps from 2NAD developers Lukas Podolskies and Arrow Frankie.

Again, as you can see, their APKs matched:

Proof #6 Duplicate apps visible when comparing app UI

Lastly, we have a number of apps for which we can’t seem to find the original app developer, as we could in Proof #4. Instead, we have what appears to be a master template, of which many versions are created for different developers in the 2NAD network.

Here are some examples:

App Locker Fingerprint & Password, Gallery Locker by Kylian Mbapee (5 million installs) compared to App Locker With Password Fingerprint, Lock Gallery by Jacinto Macias (1 million installs):

Here, the apps are pretty much the same, except for slightly different colors and different icons.

Another matchup: Face Makeup Camera & Beauty Photo Makeup Editor by Alex Joe (10 million installs) compared to Nucie Cam: Beauty Selfie Camera With Photo Editor by Rusty Mari (500,000 installs):

The three “video slide show” apps from the developers mentioned above in Proof #5 showed the same results.

Also, nearly every app in this 2NAD network has the same initial screen:

When you have these kinds of connections slapping you in the face, it’s hard to ignore them.

The most important questions about 2NAD

There are three major questions then: why, how, and who? For all of these, we can only provide our best estimates.

How do they do it?

When we look at how it was done, there are two options:

  1. They are manually cloned
  2. They are cloned by some automatic process

For either option, we first assume that there aren’t just 27 developers. We found 27 app developers, but the current existing number is only known by the 2NAD organizers themselves. Beyond that, there are certainly developers that had been deleted from the 2NAD network in the few years it’s been around. Perhaps the number is around 30 in total at the moment, but may be 50 or even 100 in the entire existence of the network.

Given that, for option 1 we have to assume that for 30-100 developers, it would take a bit of manpower and would require perhaps 5-10 people. This includes not just finding apps to clone (or creating master templates to duplicate), but also the marketing and success of each app. For example, the Hudson Parker app Makeup Camera gained about 500,000 installs in the span of roughly 2 weeks. That didn’t happen by accident.

However, since these apps are very lightly edited from their originals (simple changes in colors and buttons in the UI, and small details in the APKs), it’s very likely that it’s an automated process at some point. For this, we can assume that option 2 fits best, with some sort of automation also included into ranking the apps.

Why do they do it?

As for why, we can only guess. You may not like it for its lack of creativity, but the most obvious answer is that they’re doing it for money.

Specifically, they are adding so many ads at every single user interaction that it amounts to spam. Even now, our test device has the same spammy messages from all similar apps. The why then becomes easy: they get a large user base (~70 million and counting) by doing absolutely nothing out of their own initiative.

If it is an automated process to find popular apps to clone or to duplicate master template APKs, then it could be a matter of minutes or max an hour to change the small details. After that, it’s a process of getting the app approved and set up on the Play store, arranging the business side of things, and finalizing the details.

If it’s even a day for each app, it isn’t a lot of work for the ad revenue. So how much money could they be making?

Some estimates give $0.10 per banner ad click, $1-$3 for interstitial ads, and $5-$10 per video ad shown.

apps revenue short explanation

So let’s run some estimates based on these numbers. Our base estimate is that all the apps in the 2NAD network have the same amount of intrusive ads. At 65 million installs, and 10% are monthly active users, you’ll get 6.5 million per month. That comes out to almost 217,000 ad displays per day. If they’re all banner ads, that equals 3,255 banner clicks per day, which equals $325 per day and almost $10,000 per month.

Going through the ranges (and keeping everything else the same), that’s $3,255-$9765 per day (almost $293,000 per month) for interstitial ads. And for video ads, at $5-$10 per video shown? That’s $16,275-$32,550 per day, equaling $488,250-$976,500 per month.

Estimated monthly earnings, based on 6.5 million MAUs (monthly active users)

Of course, the real revenue is probably closer to the bottom than the top, but nonetheless, a range of $10,000 to nearly $1 million per month is not a bad hustle, especially for the little work done.

We sent the available APKs for the remaining 2NAD apps to Pradeo, a mobile security company that helps assess the 2NAD network's purpose and any possible vulnerabilities. After their analysis, they found that:

  • The network has industrialized their activity, along the way cloning apps and embedding their code, and finally building a dedicated library to fasten the process
  • They relying on the domain http://market.playup.mobi/latest to update their ads content. The domain, reserved by the the anonymizing Domains By Proxy, LLC, dates back to 2017 and is oddly marked as “ClientRenewProhibited,” which is an uncommon status that prevents any renewal.

According to Caroline Borriello, COO for Pradeo, "Such a massive inclusion of ad libraries and request of various permissions clearly increases the risk of personal data leakage. If those apps are not strictly speaking malicious, they definitely affect end-users both in their user experience and privacy and on another end jeopardize real apps owner in their legitimate activity."

Who is behind the 2NAD network?

This is the biggest question we had, and the one for which we seem to have the least amount of answers. Because of some numbers in some of these 2NAD app pages (520000, 420000, 300000) we get what looks like Vietnamese postal codes. But honestly, that could mean anything.

Beyond that, we have details in the APK files that point us instead towards China (or at least the Chinese market):

2NAD Alex Joe’s only app:

information about app in its file folders

There aren’t a lot of reasons to include China Telecom APIs in your app unless you're operating in China. We see something similar with the apps from Rusty Mari/Virgilo Malley:

Nonetheless, we believe the 2NAD network to be operating from somewhere in Asia, which makes the revenue range even starker, given the lower cost of living in most Asian countries.

Of course, if they are Chinese, then we may have issues of privacy that often arise.

What to do next

My next advice is going to be very simple: delete them, delete them all.

This is not just because of a suspicion of bad behavior: this is because of the high likelihood of cloned or duplicated apps, apps that provide inferior experiences compared to the original apps.

Beyond that, we have no real idea of what these apps are doing, as we haven’t yet performed a deep analysis. For your edification, the list of 101 apps by the 2NAD app developers is as follows:

2NAD App developerApp name
Daniel MalleyGlitch Effect Video, Photo Editor Grainy Effect
Daniel MalleyMod for Minecraft, Mods For Minecraft Animals 2019
Daniel MalleyVoice Changer, Voice Recorder Editor With Effects
Daniel MalleySketch Photo Editor And Pencil Sketch Art
Daniel MalleyHoroscope 2019 With 12 Zodiac Sign Master
Alex JoeFace Makeup Camera & Beauty Photo Makeup Editor
Arrow FrankieVideo Editor With Music App, Video Maker Of Photo
Arrow FrankieCall Recorder Automatic, Call Recording 2 Ways
Rusty MariScreen Recorder With Facecam & Audio, Video Editor
Rusty MariNucie Cam: Beauty Selfie Camera With Photo Editor
Weldon HazeltinePDF Scanner Camera Scanner: JPG To PDF Converter
Weldon HazeltineApp Locker Fingerprint, PIN And Gallery Locker
Weldon HazeltinePhoto Collage Maker And Picture Grid Art Frame
Weldon HazeltineMetronome And Tuner For Instrument
Weldon HazeltineRelax Sound Sleep Music And Soothing Sounds
Jacinto MaciasCut And Paste Photo Editor With Background Eraser
Jacinto MaciasScreen Recorder With Audio And Facecam, Screenshot
Jacinto MaciasApp Locker With Password Fingerprint, Lock Gallery
Jacinto MaciasVideo Maker With Music Photos, Video Effects App
Jacinto MaciasPhoto Collage Maker And Picture Grid, Photo Layout
Jacinto MaciasVideo Editor, Video Maker With Music Photos & Text
Flavia SleemanVideo Editor With Music And Effects & Video Maker
Flavia SleemanCut And Paste Photo Editor To Change Background
Flavia SleemanScreen Recorder, Game Recorder With Facecam, Audio
Flavia SleemanJPG To PDF Converter With Camera Scanner To PDF
Flavia SleemanBubble Level Ruler With Inclinometer Free
Douglas MoraceRAR File Extractor And ZIP Opener, ZIP RAR Creator
Douglas MoraceAutomatic Call Recorder Incoming And Outgoing App
Douglas MoraceApp Locker With Password, Photo Gallery Locker
Douglas MoraceColor Call Screen Themes With Flash On Call
Dulcie LawingGlitch Effect Video Editor And Vhs Effect Photo
Dulcie LawingInternet Browser Private To Download Videos HD
Dulcie LawingDual Account Double Space, Multi Account App
Dulcie LawingAlarm Pill Reminder, Medical Reminder And Tracker
Dulcie LawingPixel Art Color By Number & Sandbox Coloring Game
Dulcie LawingPeriod Tracker, Menstruation & Ovulation Calendar
Kylian MbapeeCall Screen Themes With Flashlight On Call
Kylian MbapeeApp Locker Fingerprint & Password, Gallery Locker
ProCam - HD CameraVideo Player All Format 2019 With Media Player App
ProCam - HD CameraPhoto Collage Maker And Photo Grid 2019 New
ProCam - HD CameraVideo Editor Of Photos, Video Recorder With Music
ProCam - HD CameraMP3 Music Player, MP3 Cutter Ringtones Maker
ProCam - HD CameraBeauty Camera, Makeup Photo Editor And Makeover
ProCam - HD CameraPIP Photo Editor With PIP Camera Photo Maker 2019
Evan WellSchool Hairstyles Step By Step, Braiding Hairstyle
Evan WellPixel Art Color By Number 2019 & Sandbox Coloring
Evan WellJigsaw Puzzles For Adults And Picture Puzzles
Evan WellFlower Drawing Step By Step With Mandala Coloring
Evan WellPhoto Editor With Square Blur Pic, Slim Body
Evan WellVlog Editor And Video Maker With Music Photos
Samuels DynamoBattery Charger With Battery Saver And Optimizer
Samuels DynamoMemory Booster And Cleaner With Ram Optimizer
Samuels DynamoVolume Booster and Equalizer, MP3 Music Player
Samuels DynamoPhone Cooler Master And CPU Cooling 2020
Fruit VPN - Better ConnectKiwi VPN Connection For IP Changer, Unblock Sites
Carrie WatersVolume Booster & Sound Enhancer Music Player
Carrie WatersCooler Master CPU Cooling, Free Phone Cooler
Carrie WatersAntivirus Cleaner Mobile Security & App Locker
Antoine KenyonInternet Speed Test Meter And WiFi Test Speed
Antoine KenyonPerfect VPN Proxy To Unblock Sites With IP Changer
Antoine KenyonData Saver And Data Manager To Control Data Usage
Antoine KenyonGoFox - Incognito Browser And Private Web Browser
Darry CowllyRunning Tracker With Step Counter And Calories
Darry CowllyButtocks Workout: 30 Day Workout & Diet Challenge
Gaspard AdenAutomatic Call Recorder Both Sides To Record Calls
Gaspard AdenApp Locker With Password Fingerprint, Lock Pattern
Alfred PersenVolume Booster Music Player And Sound Booster
Hwan SeonQR Code Scanner & Barcode Reader, Product Checker
Hwan SeonAssistive Touch: Easy Touch With Control Center
Hwan SeonVoice Recorder And Editor With Cut Recorded Audio
Virgilo MalleyVideo Slideshow With Music And Photos, Video Maker
Virgilo MalleyBeauty Camera Makeup Face Selfie, Photo Editor
Virgilo MalleyCut Photo Editor Background Changer, Photo Filters
Virgilo MalleyVintage Camera With Photo Editor Filters & Effect
Hudson ParkerScreen Recorder With Facecam & Screenshot Capture
Hudson ParkerVideo Editor, Video Maker With Music Photos & Text
Hudson ParkerMakeup Camera and Beauty Makeover Photo Editor
Hudson ParkerPixel Art Color By Number & Sandbox Coloring Pages
Wilfred WessnerCPU Phone Cooler To Cool Down Phone Temperature
Wilfred WessnerUltraShark VPN - Free Proxy Server & Secure VPN
Wilfred WessnerCaller Screen Themes With Color Call Flash Screen
Adaline GarrawayVideo Maker: Video Editor With Music And Slideshow
Adaline GarrawayMath Solver With Steps & Graphing Calculator
Adaline GarrawayEmoji Keyboard Themes & Color Fancy Keyboard
Adaline GarrawaySlow Motion Video Editor & Fast Speed Video Maker
Adaline GarrawayGraphing Calculator And Equation Solver Calculator
Armel BiltonApp Locker With Password Fingerprint, Photo Locker
Armel BiltonVideo Maker Of Photos & Effects, Slow Motion Video
Lukas PodolskiesVideo Creator With Music & Video Maker Of Photos
Lukas PodolskiesMath Solver Camera With Equation Calculator
Lukas PodolskiesMods For MCPE, Maps For Minecraft PE Free
Lukas PodolskiesAutomatic Call Recorder Incoming And Outgoing Call
Lukas PodolskiesFake Caller With Prank Calling & Call Simulator
Lukas PodolskiesBuilder For Minecraft With Minecraft House
Lukas Podolskies30 Day Challenge Workouts For Women, Weight Loss
Noble GraciousRAR File Extractor And ZIP Opener, File Compressor
Noble GraciousScreen Recorder With Audio And Facecam & Editor
Noble GraciousVideo Maker: Video Creator With Music And Photos
Noble GraciousMakeup Photo Editor With Auto Makeup Camera
Noble GraciousFile Transfer To Another Phone And Share Anything
Noble GraciousVoice Recorder Editor And HD Audio Recording

The article was updated on April 22 to list all 101 apps within this network.

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Comments
Jc
Jc
prefix 9 months ago
And what of you cant delete them. Per say you bought a phone from a company and say these things you tried to return it but they just gave you another phone. Same apps apks and certificates all ran out of sandbox, omnibox, firebase, github. However you cant adjust do anything with the apps or the bloatware. How would you stop it?
FoamPage
FoamPage
prefix 1 year ago
Thanks for helping, will certainly use some of this for my next project:
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mahesh
mahesh
prefix 1 year ago
There are several clone app serving companies online, mostly in asia and some in USA. they sell clones of all leading applications. naive consumers buy them assuming they are genuine.
Muzamil
Muzamil
prefix 1 year ago
Where are apps names?
Bernard Meyer
Bernard Meyer
prefix 1 year ago
All the apps are listed in the table at the bottom of the article.
Leo
Leo
prefix 1 year ago
Hence the 2NAD network has been found, Google should simply initiate automatic NOTIFICATION to android users on the state of art regarding those enlisted apps while pointing to the Web adress where those apps could be seen. This approach will help users to unsintall if Google does not have the permission to uninstall them automatically.
B
B
prefix 1 year ago
Mario Be had a great comment. Can you please address his question? Seems valid. Will they at least notify customers who have these apps installed?
Perhaps Google can provide a direct link to the app in question so we can review the app? Delete our info. And shut it down before deleting it?
Bernard Meyer
Bernard Meyer
prefix 1 year ago
Google does have some sytems in place to alert users who downloaded apps, but it isn’t uniform across all apps. In most cases, you just need to find out by yourself that some app has been removed from Play. That’s one of the big reasons why we do research and publish articles like these – to keep people informed who may have these bad apps on their phones.
harold r farrow
harold r farrow
prefix 1 year ago
is there a method to delete them all at once?
Bernard Meyer
Bernard Meyer
prefix 1 year ago
Not really. The only method is to delete them one by one, if you have them. It takes a few seconds, up to a minute to uninstall one app from your phone.

Thanks for reading!
Andrioduzr
Andrioduzr
prefix 1 year ago
Good work.lots of unscrlupulous people out there to take advantage of other people all because of greed.google should have the money amd resources to look deeper into apps before hand before they go on google play. Google play has become a bit of a junkyard for apps
Mario Be
Mario Be
prefix 1 year ago
Why can’t Google, inside Google store automatically uninstall these in the same way it updates Apps?
Bernard Meyer
Bernard Meyer
prefix 1 year ago
Not sure if I’m answering your question, but Google does remove these apps from their Play store. However, they don’t automatically remove them from your Android device, which in some cases would be quite useful.
Lucie
Lucie
prefix 1 year ago
Děkuji moc za tyto vyčerpávající informace a seznam aplikací. Některé jsem měla. Jen doufám ze odstraněním jsem se zbavila všech rizik. Aplikace jsem sice nakonec nepoužívala, ale mám pocit ze tak u dvou jsem dala souhlas s přístupem k fotografiím a poloze. Vzhledem k tomu, ze to byly aplikace právě na úpravu fotografii apd. tak mi to nepripadalo divné. Děkuji moc. Uz jsou odstraněny.
ab
ab
prefix 1 year ago
Hi,

Thank you

Is Google doing anything about it?
Bernard Meyer
Bernard Meyer
prefix 1 year ago
Hi, thanks for your question. We’re happy to report that Google has removed almost all of the 2NAD apps from the Play store. Only one app is left: Video Editor, Video Maker With Music Photos & Text from a new 2NAD developer named Alla Morning.

Thanks for reading!
Ben
Ben
prefix 1 year ago
If you arent going to list the apps its a fairly pointless article.
Bernard Meyer
Bernard Meyer
prefix 1 year ago
Article’s been updated now with the full list. Thanks!
Someone
Someone
prefix 1 year ago
Seriously. Read 2 articles talking about these dangerous apps but not a single app is actually named. I don’t even have Android but still interested.
Bernard Meyer
Bernard Meyer
prefix 1 year ago
Article’s been updated now with the full list. Thanks!
Sajjad
Sajjad
prefix 1 year ago
You have told everything except how to save your phone in a layman language.
Bernard Meyer
Bernard Meyer
prefix 1 year ago
Article’s been updated now with the full list. Thanks!
Mono Deydi
Mono Deydi
prefix 1 year ago
Hi,
Can you please let us know which apps are we talking about? A list of the 101 apps would be much appreciated.
Thanks,
Mono
Bernard Meyer
Bernard Meyer
prefix 1 year ago
Hi, thanks for your comment. We’ve updated the article now to include all 101 apps and 27 app developers in this 2NAD network
J.tomas
J.tomas
prefix 1 year ago
Very informative! Can you list all the infected and dangerous Apps from the store that we should watch out for and/or delete?
Bernard Meyer
Bernard Meyer
prefix 1 year ago
Article’s been updated now with the full list. Thanks!
Mario Be
Mario Be
prefix 1 year ago
Why can’t Google, inside Google store automatically uninstall these in the same way it updates Apps?
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