Google to start scanning all Android apps for malware

Google, in a bid to stop harmful apps from corrupting devices, is launching an offensive, by scanning all Android apps.

Through a partnership with two other security providers, all new apps will be scanned to ensure they are not laden with viruses or designed with malicious intent.

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It was discovered in June that over 440 million installations had been affected by the adware BeitaAd, which forced devices to display ads on locked screens and even when the phones were asleep.

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So Google, along with Zimperium, Eset and Lookout will partner in what Google calls the App Defense Alliance geared towards rooting out malware in apps as they are uploaded for users to download in the play store.

They will utilise the information already garnered in the fight against malware to look for trojans, adware, ransomware and others.