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Reason Behind Why Barcode Scanner app removed from Google Play Store

Why Barcode Scanner app removed from Google Play Store: Barcode Scanner app which has over 10 million downloads has been removed from Google's Play Store following the discovery of adware. Even the Google Play Pass apps are no longer secure as the Barcode Scanner app is said to have been detected hosting malicious adware. The app which has over 10 million downloads is removed from the Play Store following the adware

  • Posted on 04th Sep, 2021 14:48 PM
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Even the Google Play Pass apps are no longer secure as the Barcode Scanner app is said to have been detected hosting malicious adware. The app which has over 10 million downloads is removed from the Play Store following the adware discovery. Also Read - Google Pixel Buds A-Series review: Going handsfree now "sounds" fun

The adware was unearthed by cybersecurity research firm Malwarebytes which revealed that some users in its forum reported strange behaviour with their browser automatically opening a dubious website prompting them to install a Cleaner app due to bogus security issues. Also Read - JioPhone Next base model could be priced as cheap as Rs 500: Report

With millions of users using the app, it took some time for Malwarebytes to trace the culprit. But when the security firm investigated Barcode Scanner app’s latest update it managed to obtain the obfuscated code that turned out to be a trojan that was responsible for the adware. Also Read - Now you can check COVID-19 vaccine availability on Google Maps: Here's how

As mentioned earlier, the Barcode Scanner app was a part of Google’s Play Pass program that offers perks like ad-free access to premium apps. Malwarebytes cite that the Barcode Scanner was a simple app that turned malicious following an update last year. Apparently, the update was released last year that said to have triggered the app to send adware. Android Police reports that prior to its removal from the Play Store, it was last ‘attributed’ to the developer LAVABIRD LTD which still has a selection of apps under its offering on the Play Store.

Google has delisted the app following the discovery of the intrusive ads by Malwarebytes. In case you have Barcode Scanner installed on your phone it is advised to uninstall it before you get caught up with adware. If you are unable to see the app on your device, you can download AppChecker and search for the app. If the result shows a package name “com.qrcodescanner.barcodescanner”, delete it right away. As an alternate measure, Android Police suggests that you can try and check if Barcode Scanner’s Play Store link is still active for you on your smartphone.

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