Over 13 Dozen Android Apps With Millions of Downloads Get Removed from Google Play Store for Disruptive Ads

Everyone has experienced apps that tend to disrupt your overall experience through the various kinds of ads that they are trying to show you. Some app developers use techniques like these because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up earning them more money, but with all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that it ruins the user experience which is why Google dubbed such ads “out of context” ads and created new rules that forbade Play Store apps from having such disruptive ad infrastructures.

In spite of the fact that this is the case, a lot of apps have remained on the Google Play Store and have managed to make a bit of a mark in this regard. Just recently Google removed 164 apps from its Play Store for using disruptive ad practices, but the main problem here is that these apps had already been installed ten million times (or 10,018,820 to be exact) before they were removed which means that millions of users ended up having their experience ruined and the app developers were able to earn their money and get away with it to a certain extent.

It’s clear to see that some changes need to be made in order to preserve the user experience. The truly sinister thing about these ads is that they have a tendency to mimic legitimate apps which is why so many people end up downloading them in the first place. Google needs to take steps to prevent app clones from doing this much damage, and part of the process has to involve teaching and educating users to make them more conscious of the dangers of apps that are similar to what they are looking for but in no way actually represent the usage that they had initially been going for.

Android users are advised to remove these 164 bad apps that Google has removed from its Play Store. Check if you have any of these on your device.

Giving credit where credit is due, Google has most definitely taken some concrete steps to limit the delivery of adware to unsuspecting users. Opting for a freer and more accessible operating system was inevitably going to cause more security problems than the insulated world of iOS would ever have to deal with, and it’s the progress Google has made so far that ends up proving the company’s mettle in a lot of ways.

However, more steps need to be taken since millions of downloads are occurring on a day to day basis of apps that are using false advertising to deliver adware and other types of malware that will at best disrupt the user experience and at worst end up causing all kinds of data loss and security breaches.

Here is the list of all those shady Android apps that users should remove from their devices, immediately, if they've installed them previously. Table in data is courtesy of Whiteops.

App NameInstalls
3D Photo Editor50,000
3D Tattoo Photo Editor & Ideas10
Applock 2020 - App Locker & privacy guard1,000
AppLock New 2019 – Privacy Zone & Lock your apps1,000,000
Assistive Touch 202010,000
Audio Video Editor10,000
Audio Video Mixer1,000
Battery Saver Pro 2020 - New Power Saver100,000
Block Puzzle 102: New Tentris Mania1,000
DJ Mixer Studio 20181,000,000
GPS Speedometer100,000
Graffiti Photo Editor - Graffiti Creator500
iSwipe Phone X5,000,000
Lock app with Password - Applock All App Protector100,000
loudest alarm clock ever10,000
Lovedays Memory 2020 - Love Counter Together500
Magnifier Zoom + Flashlight100
Max Cleaner - Speed Booster Pro 2021100
Motocross Racing 201810,000
Name Art Photo Editor10,000
Nox Cool Master - Cool Down 20201,000
OS 13 Launcher - Phone 11 Pro Launcher50,000
OS Launcher 12 for iPhone X100,000
Photo Editor Awesome Frame Effects 3D1,000
Rain Photo Maker - Rain Effect Editor10
Repair System For Android & Speed Booster100
Ringtone maker - Mp3 cutter1,000,000
Ringtone Maker Ultimate: New Mp3 Cutter100,000
Secure Gallery Vault: Photos, Videos Privacy Safe50,000
Smart Cleaner-Battery Saver, Super Booster1,000
Super Phone Cleaner 20201,000
Video Music Cutter & Merge Studio100,000
Wifi File Transfer 2019500
Wifi Key - Free Master Wifi100,000
Wifi Speed Test500,000
Wps Tester500,000
WPS WPA Wifi Test100,000
100 mb Internet Speed Test - Broadband Speed Test--
2 Ways Call Recorder Automatic, Record Phone Calls--
3D Awesome Frame Effects--
3D Photo Frames Effects & 3D Art Photo Maker--
Animals Sound Ringtones Real Free--
Anti WannaCry Virus - Android--
Antivirus - Virus Remover--
Antivirus 2017--
Antivirus 2017--
Antivirus 2017--
Antivirus 2017 & Cleaner--
Antivirus 2017 & Cleaner--
Antivirus 2020, Cleaner & Booster--
Antivirus For Android--
Antivirus Pro 2017--
Assistive Touch 2018--
Audio Video Editor Mixer 2019 - Video Cutter--
AV Antivirus 2017--
Battery Doctor - Power Battery 2018--
Battery Doctor 2018 - Fast Charger--
Battery Saver - Fast Charging--
Battery Saver - Saving Battry--
Battery Saver Pro--
BeanPro Antivirus--
Big Front - Change Front Size--
boost clean (junk cleaner pro)--
Call Block Blacklist and Block SMS Easy--
Call Recorder For Android--
Chinese Chess--
Clean My Android - Antivirus--
cleaner booster -ultra security---
Collage Maker--
Control Center IOS 12 - Phone X Control Center--
Cool Master -CPU Device Cooler--
Don't Stop Eighth Note--
Don't Stop Eighth Note--
Don't Stop Eighth Note 2--
Don't Stop Eighth Note Zombie--
Eighth Note--
Eighth Note V2--
Eighth Note: Yasuhati--
Fast Charger - Dr Battery 2017--
Feeding Fish--
Followers - Unfollowers For Insta--
free antivirus--
Free Antivirus-Mobile Security--
Free VPN Proxy - Unlimited VPN & Wifi Security--
Get Followers Up 2019--
Get Followers Up 2020--
GPS Navigation--
Holy Bible--
How Fast is My Internet - High Internet Speed Test--
Internet Speed Check 2019--
Internet Speed Test--
Internet Speed Test--
Internet Speed Test APK--
Internet Speed Test Free--
Internet speedmeter check--
K-Lock gallery picture & video--
Learn Excel 2019--
Learn Play Piano - Pianist--
Lich Van Nien 2017--
Lịch Vạn Niên 2018 - Lịch Âm 2018--
Lion Antivirus 2017--
Loudest Volume Booster--
Love days counter--
Male To Female Voice Changer--
Master Sudoku Offline Free 2018--
Max Cleaner - Booster, Optimizer, Super Cleaner--
Memory Cleaner 2020--
Milab Music Player - All format audio files--
Mine Sweep - Free Miner Game--
Mp3 cutter – Video Cutter, Easy Ringtone Maker--
MP3Cutter & Ringtone Maker 2020--
New Full Battery Saver - Battery Manager & Cleaner--
Night Mode--
Old Phone Ringtones--
Optimiser Pro Cleaner Booster--
Phone Booster--
Phone Cleaner - Speed Booster--
Phone Cooler - Cooling Master--
Photo Editor--
Photo Frame Effects 3D--
QR Code Scanner - QR Reader--
Quick Ball--
Quick Photo Square - Insta Emoji 2019--
Recovery all photo deleted--
Scream Go - Eighth Note T-Rex--
Secret Lock--
Security Pro--
Simple App Lock--
Smadav antivirus 2017--
Smadav antivirus for android 2018--
Smadav pro Total security--
Sound Meter--
Speed Test Internet - Speed Check--
speedtest net app--
Sudoku 2--
Sudoku Basic For Beginners 2019--
Super Antivirus Cleaner 2020--
Super Cleaner - Phone Cache Cleaner, RAM Booster--
Super Loud Alarm Clock--
Super Loud Volume Booster--
Super Wifi Rounter - Who Is On My Wifi--
Super Wifi Rounter - Who Is On My Wifi--
TV Antivirus Free + Applock--
Ultra Cleaner 2018--
Unfollowers & Ghost Followers For Insta--
Virus Cleaner - Antivirus 2018--
VPN Unlimited Proxy - Super VPN For Android--
WiFi Toolbox--
WPS Tester--
انفالوياب اينستاگرام--

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