Media Player Classic

 

What it does: Media Player Classic is video player for android

Offenses:

  • Snake Oil

Media Player Classic is one of the best Windows media players alongside VLC and BSplayer, however unlike these last two it doesn’t have an official android app. The app “Media Player Classic” on the Play store is no more than a copy of VLC player with added ads.   In fact, there are many apps on the Play Store that claim to be “Media PLyer Classic” and most of them are either the VLC app or MX player but with ads.

Alternatives: VLC for Android, BSPlayer, MX Player

Android “Updaters”

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What it does: These apps claim to update your android phone

Offenses:

  • Snake Oil
  • Intrusive ads

 

Updates are usually a good thing and with way most android phones are, they’re usually a rarity, so these apps come to solve that problem, except not really. For a phone to be updated the actual manufacturer(Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, etc.) has to push the update to your device, or in some countries the carrier will do that job. What this means is that none of these app has any chance to work, the most any of them will do is open the update setting. That’s right, every android phone already has an updater that actually works and it also happens to be the ONLY one that works, so if that setting doesn’t show that there’s a new update available then in most cases you’re out of luck. I say most cases because some manufacturers (like Asus) will release an update on their website before they push it to their phones, but this isn’t always the case and differs from manufacturer to manufacturer, so the takeaway from this post is if neither the manufacturer website nor the “update” setting has an update available then these apps will never EVER work. This kind of apps only serve as a vehicle to show ads, if you want a newer OS version wither get a newer phone from a manufacturer that is know to keep their phones up to date (or look into custom ROMs if you’re an advanced user).

Here’s a list of some of these apps, I’m sure there are a lot more

samsungupdate.com

com.umrsama.updatesoftware

la.tn.my.up.dev

tn.My.Dev.Up.com.tm

com.gonext.gonextupgrade

com.hexamob.allandroidupdates

com.sp41ky.updatesw

com.googleandroidupdates

com.update.software.clone1

com.update.for.android

com.protoolapps.androidupgrade

Alternatives: Your phone’s “update” setting.

 

Magic Cleaner

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What it does: Magic Cleaner is a RAM cleaner/battery saver

Offenses:

  • Snake oil

 

We have discussed here time and time again that RAM cleaners and battery savers are useless when it comes to android, but if you’d like to read more about it you can check ot our apps guide. Magic Cleaner is no different nd its equally as useless as Cleaner Masters and others like it. Luckily, Magic Cleaner only requests a handful of permissions and they are all very sensible so at least that part checks out.

Alternatives: SD Maid, CCleaner

Mobdro(“Guide apps”)

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What it does: Mobdro is a piracy app that enables the user to stream TV on their phones.

Offenses:

  • Snake Oil

Mobdro is an app that allows you to watch TV streams. The app itself is very real and also very illegal which is why I won’t link to it here. People like free stuff, so obviously many people hear about mobdro and want to download it the only way they know how, through the Play Store. The Play Stor may be under moderated and host contents of questionable legality, but you’ll nver find any outright illegal app on there, Google isn’t that careless. So all the mobdro apps that clutter the top lists are all FAKE. Most of them are “guides” and their main purpose is serving ads, after all, they have no real content. So jut to reiterate

YOU WILL NEVER FIND PIRACY APPS ON THE PLAY STORE

Under this text is a list of packages of “Mobdro” guides, which you should uninstall immediatl if you have any of them installed. However, these are just a few and there are hundreds more apps of this sort. If you want to help you can report them to Google

com.namedeveloper.tmobdro.tutor.reference

appinventor.ai_link4lach.guidemobdrotvon10

reference.guide.bom

om.guidee.moobdrosbrr

ppinventor.ai_link4lach.fichkel13

tips.mob.mokassa

com.mobdroapp.guide

com.new.mobdro2

com.freetvpro.tmobdro.tutor.reference

com.new.mobdro3

com.guidea.mrdd

com.stream.mobdrotv

com.newmobdro.tipspro

tips.moobco.eren

guide.mobcom.ax

com.dev.guidemobdrotv

com.jordanmason06.guide_mobdroid.enem

Alternatives: Hulu, Netflix, Amazon. None of these are free, there are no piracy apps on the play store, any that you may find are FAKE.

If you have doubts about any of these apps contact us

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

Purify – Speed & Battery Saver

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What it does: Purify is a RAM cleaner/phone booster
Offenses:

  • Snake oil
  • Privacy concern
  • Intrusive ads
  • Questionable permissions

If you roted your phone with kingroot you probably have this app installed and don’t even know it. We’ve already discussed in previous reviews and on our apps guide why ram cleaners are placebo apps, but this one takes the cake because most of the times it is installed it has root permission which allows it to really wreak havoc in your phone if it wants to. As most apps of this kind its main purpose is to collect data and sell ads which is why it earned its second and third offenses.

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

Power Clean – Optimize Cleaner

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What it does: Power cleaner is a RAM and cache cleaner
Offenses:
  • Snake Oil

We have already talked about RAM cleaners and how they do absolutely nothing for your phone on the apps guide section of our site, but that hasn’t stopped LIONMOBI from releasing a useless app which mainly serves as a vehicle to serve ads. As far as permissions go this app isn’t one of the worse ones out there, but it still deserves a mention because it’s the 74th app on the playstore top apps section.

Alternatives: SD Maid, CCleaner

 

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