The security software specialist company ESET warns of rip-off with the wrong Navi-Apps. A statement by the company that the Malware has been discovered by researchers Luke Stefanko 15 paid Apps in the Google Play Store, the offer compared to the free Google Service is Google Maps, no additional. The programmes in question had been installed more than 50 million Times.

The ESET message that the Apps are not new developments, but merely, so to speak, repackaged versions of Google Maps. It is actually Google Software, will be laminated “merely cosmetic changes”. What is meant is that the programs interface is a change in the user – so the fraud does not fall immediately.

Some of the ESET Apps mentioned wouldn’t even have a own App Icon, it does not say: “you hide so once again your origin.” In the App descriptions claims for additional functions, such as cartography of possibilities, the compass or speedometer, you would not have either, or be so implemented rudimentary, that they bring no additional benefit.

Very positive and very negative reviews

Amazingly, the large number of positive reviews that the Apps in the Play Store to advertise for. The App “GPS Route Finder – GPS, maps, Navigation, and Ver”, for example, the valuation comes to an average of 4.3 in the case of 5 possible stars. The reason for this is likely to be a variety, usually without comment, Five-star reviews.

the Android App “GPS Route Finder – GPS, maps, Navigation, and Ver”

it is noteworthy that this praise for a lot of extremely bad One-star reviews, which mainly criticized that the App is cluttered with advertising.

Other reviews surprise by spelling errors, and thematically completely inappropriate comments such as: “It is good for security en-for-Hendi”.

Alone for the “GPS Route Finder” from the Play Store, nevertheless, more than ten million Downloads.

In-App purchase to Mute ads


Luke Stefanko pay suspects that the Apps are only produced so that the recorded advertising revenue will be generated. A developer, he is not referred to as a “particularly brazen” as this was required only for the App itself money, but also to the user a second Time the cashier asks, by offering him, against payment of the In-App-advertising hide.

The Malware researchers also criticised that part of the Apps the user requires access to the contacts and the phone book, what he evaluates as a reference to privacy issues.

How can you protect yourself from such fraudulent Apps? Stefanko recommends that you read the App descriptions and user ratings. You should also check whether the App, the reviews and the App Icon will look in the Overview of legitimate.” That a App in the Google Play Store is available as a quality criterion “is certainly not sufficient.”

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