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Google removes 85 adware apps that were installed by millions of users

Google has removed 85 Android apps from the official Play Store that security researchers from Trend Micro deemed to contain a common strain of adware.

The 85 apps had been downloaded over nine million times, and one app, in particular, named “Easy Universal TV Remote,” was downloaded over five million times, according to researchers.

While the apps were uploaded on the Play Store from different developer accounts and were signed by different digital certificates, they exhibited similar behaviors and shared the same code, researchers said in a report published today.

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