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Did you download this fake ad-infected WhatsApp from the Google Play Store?

Cyberscammers used a devious trick to slip a fake WhatsApp download onto the official Google Play Store. Although it's gone now, more than one million users downloaded the ad-infected malware to their Android devices.
Computing

FTC won’t stop Lenovo and others from selling adware-infected hardware

Lenovo has settled its case with the FTC over the Superfish adware that came preinstalled with some of its laptops a few years ago. It will now have to accept auditing of software and make any installations clear to customers.
Mobile

Adware lived on the Google Play Store for 2 months without anyone noticing

Adware has been discovered on the Google Play Store and it existed there for two months before being found. The adware infected users devices and injected ads where they otherwise wouldn't have been.
Computing

Some mobile apps continue to track ultrasound signals even when closed

A University College London team is spotlighting the threat of ultrasound monitoring posed by mobile apps. Besides tracking your television habits and browsing history, ultrasound access could also provide pathways for hacking.
Computing

Adware snaps screenshot of your PC after install, fingerprints its hardware

A new form of adware, called Faster Internet, sneakily takes a screenshot of your desktop and collects info on your PC's specs and it's unknown who wrote the program and is collecting this data.
Computing

Adware, beware! Microsoft plans to retaliate against software that doesn't behave

From next March, Microsoft will detect and remove any adware that uses man-in-the-middle techniques to inject advertisements into your browser. The method has been decried as insecure for some time.
Computing

Java for Mac now includes the same adware as Windows version

Mac users are set to experience the same frustration that Windows users have for some time, as Oracle has started including the Ask toolbar with the new OS X Java update.
Computing

Lenovo works with McAfee and Microsoft to net Superfish as lawsuits pile on

Two class-action lawsuits have been filed against Lenovo over Superfish, the factory installed adware that last week was discovered to be the source of a serious security flaw.
Computing

Updated: Purchased a Lenovo PC recently? It might have adware – and a critical HTTPS vulnerability

Security researchers have discovered that Lenovo PCs sold late last year shipped with adware called Superfish that can replace the HTTPS certificates normally used by websites, placing users vulnerable to malware.
Mobile

Malware alert: If you downloaded these 3 Android apps, remove them immediately

Google has removed three apps from the Google Play Store, after they were found to contain adware. Worse, the problems didn't manifest immediately, but only after a period of time.
Computing

Google kicks out Chrome extensions after code changes bring unwanted ads

Google's decision to remove two Chrome extensions from its Web store over the appearance of unwanted ads has thrown the spotlight on the market for such software, and how they're automatically updated without user notification.
Social Media

YouTube has an ad malware problem – here’s how to avoid it

Don't let adware peddlers make watching ads on YouTube even more annoying than usual.