If you get a warning notifying that ‘your battery is running out of juice’ and offering to download a patch that will help you to save it, make sure you ignore such alert because new scareware acting exactly like that has been found. Created for the smartphones running Google’s Android, ‘Battery Upgrade’ or ‘Battery Doctor’ scam is not what it appears to be – next to the setting that allows to turn off the phone’s wi-fi radio and other power-consuming components, it unnoticeably provides information about victim’s phone and activity for scammers.
This fake Battery Upgrade/Battery Doctor variant is designed to look like operating system patch or update which is actively offered by triggering a download button. After this clear social engineering scheme used for installation, on the first execution victim receives some information about the battery and running apps. However, program also unnoticeably connects to its ad server which is named lp.mobsqueeze.com. In addition, ‘Battery Doctor’ loads NotifAdSDK service helping to check in and send user’s profile information every four hours.
Though this app is not malicious one, it has undesirable elements that may additionally be connected to malware. Android users have already been notified about Battery Saver (GGTracker) ads that lead to the Android Trojan horse infection. So, to avoid being infected, pay attention to various pop up adds that appear on your smartphone and claim you need to update software and read app reviews carefully. In addition, download reputable mobile security protection software.