Com.angry.venus is a malicious application that brings ads to users Android devices

Com.angry.venus is a malicious program that can access precise location of your Android device

Com.angry.venus is a malicious program that can access precise location of your Android device

Com.angry.venus is a potentially unwanted program that belongs to the Android virus category, and is usually installed via insecure third-party websites, ads, and other unofficial sources. Once inside the system, the virus grants itself permission to modify web browser settings and perform other changes on the machine. As a result, users face redirects and intrusive ads while browsing on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, MS Edge, or another Android smartphone web browser.

While in some cases, Com.angry.venus virus might only be a cause of disturbance during the web browsing sessions, its ability to display unsafe pop-ups that lead to suspicious sites can cause serious consequences, including monetary loss due to scams or malware infections. Besides, adware applications like Com.angry.venus are often set to track information about users’ web browsing activities, as well as determine their precise location, which can pose as a serious privacy risk.

Name Com.angry.venus
Type Android virus, adware
APK name Users who have the malicious app installed should see the com.angry.venus.apk entry on the installed application list
Functionality The app represents itself as an ad-blocker for Android phones, although acts as malware and displays its own ads
Infection means  Most of the malicious Android apps are downloaded from insecure websites either after being tricked by a deceptive ad or after clicking a link on social media or popular sites (such as YouTube)
Symptoms  Pop-up ads cover all screen and show up over other opened applications,  
Risks  The app poses serious privacy and security risks – it grants itself elevated permissions within the device, displays malicious ads, tracks users’ location and browsing data, etc. This may result in malware infection
Removal  To get rid of the unwanted application manually, check the bottom section of the article; for best results, we recommend scanning the device with Malwarebytes to get rid of all the malicious files

Com.angry.venus is typically downloaded intentionally from third-party websites that host Android applications. These generally are reached by users from other popular sites, such as YouTube. For example, users who watch a phone review might be directed to download an app from a third-party source. As a result, they install malware on their Android smartphones without realizing it.

Nevertheless, most Android malware is presented as a useful application that users download for its functionality – and Com.angry.venus is no different. The app presents itself as a useful tool that can block ads on all visited websites accessed via the web browser. Unfortunately, this “ad-blocker” is malicious and cannot be trusted. In fact, users should remove Com.angry.venus virus from their phones as soon as possible.

As soon as Com.angry.venus is installed, it inserts an entry into the installed app list – com.angry.venus.apk, although it does not show any icon – it is simply blank. Before the malicious APK can be installed, it asks for the following permissions:[1]

  • Allow accessing approximate location
  • Allow accessing precise location
  • Allow preventing the processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Allow creating windows on top of other apps
  • Allow to read from and write to external storage
  • Allow executing code after reboot, etc.

As evident, these permissions are quite excessive and completely unneeded by the ad-blocker. Unfortunately, the infected users rarely check these before allowing the Com.angry.venus to execute all these commands. As a result, they will soon start seeing intrusive ads that cover the whole screen, as well as buggy notification messages, and experience other disturbances.

Com.angry.venus virus
Com.angry.venus is Android malware that grants itself a permission to show ads above all the other running apps

Com.angry.venus virus
Com.angry.venus is Android malware that grants itself a permission to show ads above all the other running apps

Due to deceptive distribution and operation techniques by Com.angry.venus malware, it shouldn’t be surprising that the displayed ads would be unsafe. For example, PUPs often show fake virus infection prompts that ask users to download “removal tools” that are actually malicious. In other cases, users may be tricked into providing their personal information that can later be sold for marketing purposes.

It is important to note that multiple anti-malware vendors recognize Com.angry.venus as malicious, and mark it as AdWare:Android/FakeAdBlocker.a324c74e, Artemis!B2E0FDB28FC5, Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.AndroidOS.FakeAd, Malware.ANDROID/Agent.MUC.Gen, Trojan/Android.HiddenAds.920079, Trojan.Android.Gen, etc.[2]

When dealing with Android malware, it is best to employ automatic Com.angry.venus removal tools, such as Malwarebytes. Nevertheless, it might be possible to get rid of the infection manually – follow the guide we provide in the elimination section below.

Avoid Android malware – take care of your pocket device

While many users still believe that phones do not need any extra protection, it is a known fact that these small devices are extremely sophisticated, and are packed with a variety of functions. Essentially, phones are nowadays the same as desktop computers – high processing power, internet connection, and all the other perks are included – it means that phones also need adequate protection from malware the same way desktop computers do.

That being said, it is absolutely imperative to protect your Android smartphone or tablet with anti-malware software at all times – especially if you are keen on downloading apps from third-parties. It is also important to note that there are hundreds of anti-malware solutions for Androids that provide less than satisfactory protection, and some are completely useless. According to last year’s test conducted by the independent AV-Comparatives lab, two-thirds of 250 security apps failed to meet the basic detection rate of 30%.[3] Therefore, before you choose anti-malware for your phone, ensure it is not malicious itself.

Finally, we must stress about APK downloads from external sources. Currently, Google Play hosts over 2.5 million apps, along with hundreds of thousands of others available on other official sources such as Amazon.[4] Thus, generally, there is no need to look for new applications elsewhere – third-parties cannot ensure the level of protection that the IT giant Google can. Additionally, sites that host these apps may get hacked or even crafted by cybercriminals themselves.

Get rid of Com.angry.venus virus at once

Com.angry.venus removal is necessary not only to ensure problem-free web browsing – it is crucial for one’s security. Since the unwanted app grants itself various privileges (for example, it can execute code after the device is rebooted), it may be updated to load additional malicious modules. This can result in malware infections that could steal your banking credentials, gain root access, or send spam from your phone to other contacts. You may also suffer monetary losses due to malicious activities performed on your device.

Com.angry.venus virus detection
Com.angry.venus detection rate – not all anti-virus vendors detect the app

Com.angry.venus virus detection
Com.angry.venus detection rate – not all anti-virus vendors detect the app

While you could try to remove Com.angry.venus manually, we suggest you first employ anti-malware software and perform a full system scan. As previously mentioned, not all Android security apps are useful or even functional, so make sure you pick a reputable vendor like Malwarebytes.

If you wish to try your luck and get rid of Com.angry.venus virus manually, access Safe Mode:

  • Press the Power button on your Android device
  • Tap and hold the Power off button
  • The prompt asking you whether you want to access Safe Mode will show up – select Yes

Once in Safe Mode, go to the Settings > Applications/Apps and the select Show all apps in order to see a full list. Go through the list, locate com.angry.venus.apk entry (or any suspicious apps named “Ad Blocker” or similar) and uninstall it. Reboot your device to exit Safe Mode.

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This entry was posted on 2020-02-27 at 08:36 and is filed under Adware, Malware, Viruses.