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Update to Popular Barcode Scanner App Turns Into Adware Nightmare on Android – PCMag AU

After a December update, the Barcode Scanner Android app from Lavabird injected annoying pop-up ads inside users’ mobile browsers, according to Malwarebytes.



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Users of a barcode scanner app on the Google Play Store got a nasty surprise in December when it began generating adware on potentially millions of Android phones. 
The free app, known simply as Barcode Scanner, comes from Lavabird, a little-known developer, but has been downloaded more than 10 million times from the Google Play Store. 
On Dec. 4, the app rolled out an update to users smartphones with a shady function: the once-benign app was now capable of injecting annoying ads…

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