App Store APKPure has been infected with malware. If version 3.17.18 is installed, remove it immediately and install the new version 3.17.19 of the application.
Google Play Store is the quintessential Android store, but as we all know Google’s system also allows us to install apps from external sources, whether from third markets or from any source. Sometimes some apps have geographic limitations or, for example, cannot be officially installed from the Play Store because they do not comply with certain Google policies.
Among these third-party stores there are well-known marketplaces like APKMirror, the Spanish Uptodown, F-Droid or APKPure, for example. The latter has been the protagonist in recent hours because malicious code has been discovered there.
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APKPure infected with malware
It was the security experts at Kaspersky Labs who published a scan of the latest version of the application and discovered that they had been victims of malicious code while integrating a new adware SDK.
Of course, the target of the attackers was the thousands of users using this alternative app store. With APKPure version 3.17.18, the malware integrated was able to display advertisements and advertisements to users, without power of control, and it could even automatically sign up for services with paid subscriptions.
Even users with older devices and without the latest security updates could be affected by installing additional malware and even on the system partition, being really complicated to eliminate.
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As early as the 8th day, Kaspersky Labs alerted the developers of APKPure and immediately afterwards they updated the store with a new free version of this malware which caused all the issues.
The fix came quickly, but users who installed version 3.17.18 were affected. If this is your case and you are using APKPure, check your version and immediately update to the latest version available.
Once again, we remind you that it is always advisable to install applications from official and reliable sources. In this case, it is a reputable market, but even so, it has app acceptance policies that are not as strict as Google Play. Whenever we install APK files from unofficial sources, we have to be very aware of their origin.
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