This detection from the F-Secure Security Cloud identifies Android apps with a third-party advertising component which displays advertising content in the device's notification panel. The module may also silently gather and forward details from the device.
F-Secure's Security Cloud is an online service that tracks the security reputation of common programs, files and websites. If a questionable program or file is found during a scan, your F-Secure security product will send a query to the Security Cloud to get its most recent reputation rating. The product will then use that information (and if needed, further analysis) to choose whether to block, quarantine or remove the program or file.
The Security Cloud rating for the identified app indicates that it includes a component for displaying advertising content in the device's notification panel The Airpush module may also silently leak or harvest sensitive details from the device, such as its International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, location, contacts, etc.
Mobile apps, especially those distributed for free, often include behavior or components for displaying third-party advertising content. This is done as an alternative form of revenue for the software developers, who would otherwise have to charge users for the application itself. If a user is unaware of the 'ad-supported' nature of such programs, or objects to the content being shown, they may cause considerable annoyance.
If use of the program outweighs the inconvenience of having ads displayed, you may choose to keep the app installed on your device.
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