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Android app with over 10 million installs suddenly becomes adware — what to do

If your Android phone or tablet has suddenly started showing lots of ads or its browser has been popping open on its own, a rogue app called Barcode Scanner may be to blame.

Malwarebytes detailed in a blog post last week how its forum users tipped off researchers about Barcode Scanner, an app that had been installed by more than 10 million people over several years before it started doing shady things after an update in early December 2020.

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