Google's official file Manager Files Go [APK] allows offline file sharing
09 November, 2017, 02:04 | Author: Pamela Mathis
In fact, to an unsuspecting user, the app seemed to be from the same developer which developed WhatsApp.
While the developer remains unknown, they later changed the name of the app to "Dual Whatsweb Update" and removed the 'WhatsApp Inc.' developer title.
Rather than being related to the Facebook-owned app, the fake version served users with adverts to download other apps.
Google has silently started testing a new app called "Files Go" to provide Android users with a unified solution for all their storage management and wireless file transfer requirements.
However, it was instead a fake app that contained adverts and download malicious software onto a user's device.
Files Go is being marketed as a "smart storage manager, and its main objective is to help you easily see which files/apps are on your device and what ones you can delete so you can quickly free up precious storage".
You can still check out screenshots and a description of the app's features. The damage has been done because it was reportedly downloaded over 1 million times.
If any of these details are different, alarm bells should be ringing and you should delete the app to find the official version. But to average Android users browsing Google Play, that character space would be easy to miss.
It's one of the most popular apps in the world, but it appears that over a million Android users may have been tricked into downloading a fake version of WhatsApp. There are also other suggestions, including clearing app caches, deleting apps that aren't frequently used, and removing "spam & duplicate images".
"It's a fake app and never ever download it".
And one added: "Fake website, don't install, all data theft".
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