App analytics and attribution company, Kochava have detected an app fraud scheme that is being carried out through the means of eight different apps that has over 2 billion downloads in the Google Play Store.
Seven of these apps were found to be owned by Cheetah Mobile which is a Chinese company that was listed on the New York Stock Exchange to be accused of fraudulent business practices, the accusations made by a short-seller investment firm was denied by the company (Cheetah).
While Kika Tech runs the eight, this is also a Chinese company which headquarter is located in Silicon Valley. They received a significant investment from Cheetah in 2016.
This scheme takes advantage of the fact that many app developers pay a fee that ranges from 50 cents to $3 to partners that allow new installations of their apps. Kochava found out that the Cheetah and Kika apps used the data available to inappropriately claim credit for having a cause a download.
Google has estimated that close to $10 million was stolen from it and its partners and they have removed many of the apps from its Play Store. Eight of the said apps are listed below, and the best thing to do is to get rid of them if you have any of them installed on your smartphone.
The number of downloads this app has gotten is over 1 billion. This app keeps your Android device tidy and performing well. It also does so by cleaning junk files, optimising your device memory, protecting against viruses and managing the apps that have been installed.
This app with over 540 million downloads provides a rich range of features. This is an anti-virus application.
CM Launcher 3D
With more than 225 million downloads to its name, and armed with a 3D engine, this launcher brings smooth transitions, some themes and a great many other features to your phone.
Around 15 million people have used this app, and it is more than just an attractive alternative to the Android keyboard. It’s a well-designed keyboard that gives you ways to change text and fonts.
This app has well over 200 million downloads. It’s used to extend your battery life by 50% by finding apps and settings that drain power on your device.
This app has more than 105 million downloads in the Play Store. The app provides a unique typing experience, smart reply, gesture typing, dedicated themes, funny emoji’s etc.
The app has had well over 105 million downloads. It has an attractive lock-screen which displays notifications, offers direct access to selected apps. The device’s camera would take a picture automatically if anyone tried to unlock your phone with the wrong combination or pattern.
CM File Manager
This app has almost 65 million downloads, and it’s a fully featured management tool that allows the user to browse and install all favourite Android apps and games on your Android phone. This is a fully featured file management tool with Wi-Fi and cloud file transfer.