Adware:Android/Dowgin

Classification

PUA

Adware

Android

Adware:android/dowgin, Android.Adware.Dowgin, Adware:android/dowgin.[variant]!gen

Summary

Adware:Android/Dowgin is an advertising module that is distributed bundled together with other (usually legitimate) programs. The advertising module is used to display advertising content and in the process, may also silently gather and forward details from the device.

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Technical Details

Adware:Android/Dowgin displays advertising content to the users. This behavior may be considered unwanted if the user is unaware of the presence of the module, or objects to the nature of the advertising materials displayed.

The Dowgin 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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