GO Keyboard

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What it does: GO Keyboard is a keyboard replacement app with extra features

Offenses:

  • Privacy Concern
  • Questionable Permissions
  • Naughty Dev
  • Virus

We’re well acquainted with the developer GOMO Apps here on Android Blacklist, in fact, they are one of our naughty developers because they have an history of shady apps. As it turns out all 3(!) versions of GO keyboard spy on its users AND on top of that offers plugins that are known adware. According to the original article, GO keyboard shares your “Google account email in addition to language, IMSI, location, network type, screen size, Android version and build, device model, etc.”

Keyboard replacements are great, but you really do have to be careful with them because they can easily log whatever you type into them and in this case your device info.

Alternatives: SwiftKey, Fleksy, Gboard, Fleksy, MultiLing Keyboard

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GO Launcher2016(GO Launcher Z)

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What it does: GO Launcher is a launcher replacement

Offenses:

  • Questionable permissions
  • Intrusive ads
  • Snake oil
  • Naughty Dev

Go Launcher, sometimes called GO Launcher Z or whatever other variation GOMO thinks off is an invasive and bloated app that should always be kept at least 50 meters way from your device. All jokes aside, this app asks for every permission under the sun including contacts and sms which constitutes a serious privacy concern given the level of trust GOMO has. As most apps of its kind, it’s filled with ads and since it is a launcher that means ads on your homescreen, not to mention various reports of lockscreen ads. To top it all off GO Launcher offers a suite of RAM and app cleaners which like we already discussed here many times before are compltely useless.

Alternatives: Nova Launcher, Smart Luncher

CM Launcher 3D – HD Theme & Live Wallpaper

What it does: CM Launcher 3D is a launcher replacement for your homescreen

Offenses:

  • Naughty devs
  • Privacy concern
  • Questionable permissions

Cheetah Mobile is known to be a shady developer that really likes to collect user data, and this app is no different. A launcher app usually has many permissions, but it shouldn’t need to read your SMS or your contacts. To top it off, the app is full of gimmicks and unnecessary additions like a security and RAM cleaning suite. The app is a bloated mess that is sure to slow down your phone.

Alternatives: Nova Launcher, Smart Launcher

Z Camera – Photo Editor

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What it does: Z camera is an image editing app

Offenses:

  • Intrusive ads
  • Naughty Dev

Z camera, previously owned by Zero Team which was bought by GOMO is an image editing app that shows ads on your lock screen. In fact, all of the apps by Zero Team did that including their launcher but they have since been acquired by GOMO which is a proud listee on our Naughty Devs page. Definitely an app to avoid.

Alternatives: Snapseed, Adobe Photoshop Express

 

Virus Cleaner ( Hi Security ) – Antivirus, Booster

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What it does: Virus cleaner is an antivirus, RAM cleaner and app locker
Offenses:
  • Naughty Dev
  • Snake Oil

Virus cleaner is the holy grail of snake oil apps. This is a company with no background in viruses so no one knows updated their database is. They claim to have “Double Engine Antivirus” but never explain what it is.  They claim to be powered by McAfee, which in itself is another huge red flag. The app is also a “RAM cleaner” which we already discussed in our apps guide. For some reason it also boasts “Wi-Fi” security, which is a real feature that some apps outside the Play Store offer because it breaks googles Terms of Service, however in this app its totally fake

Alternatives: AVG Antivirus, Antivirus & Security by Avast

The author would like to remind its readers that if you’re not downloading apps from shady sources outside the play store the probability of having a virus is almost non existent. Most people have no need for an antivirus on their android phone.

Messenger

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What it does: Messenger claims to join various messaging apps in a single app
Offenses:
  • Snake Oil
  • Naughty Dev

Right now Messenger is the 24th app on the Top Apps list where I live. Messenger (by FORBIS s.r.o.) gets all its downloads by pretending to be the Facebook app of the same name and fooling people that don’t look at the name of the developer. All this app does is launch other chat applications and show you copious amounts of ads while it does it’s “job”.  In fact, most of the apps made by this developer employ the same tactic but to other categories, that’s why it has earned an entry on our Naughty Devs page.

Alternatives: Snowball and Disa

If you downloaded this app you’re probably looking for Messenger by Facebook

GO Weather Forecast & Widgets

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What it does: Go Weather provides weather forecasts
Offenses:
  • Naughty Devs
  • Intrusive ads
  • Questionable permissions

While it is a pretty app,  GO weather is an ad filled mess that should be kept away from your phone. Besides the ads, the app asks for too many permissions, a weather app shouldn’t need more than location wifi and may media permissions, asking for device & app history is too much. If you add to that list that it is made by GOMO then you have the perfect example of an app that you wouldn’t want to touch with a 10 meter pole.

Alternatives: Weather Timeline, AccuWeather, Yahoo Weather

Cleaner Master

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Offenses:

  • Intrusive ads
  • Snake oil
  • Naughty Devs

Cleaner Master, sometimes called Clean Master  does nothing to your useful to your phone. RAM cleaning on android is not useful and the “junk files” it cleans are cache files that will either be downloaded again or created again.

Safe alternatives: Android cleaners are redundant, android does housekeeping by itself. That said, SD Maid or CCleaner are good apps