A special program module that cybercriminals incorporate into Android games and applications to monetize them. It demonstrates different kinds of advertisement messages to the user. This malware performs the following functions:
- Every time the compromised device's screen is unlocked, the program loads webpages with various advertisements in the browser, displays suspicious messages about allegedly found problems and prompts the user to install updates or certain applications etc.
- It can display advertisements on top of the OS interface and windows, which makes working with the device difficult.
- It can show advertisements or other messages in the status bar and create icons on the home screen icons. Clicking those icons leads to loading of webpages with various advertisements.
- It can modify the DNS server address in the Wi-Fi connection settings.
The special feature of Adware.MobiDash.1.origin lies in the fact that its unwanted activity starts not right after the installation or running of the malicious applications containing this module but after a period of time. This time period is long enough for the user to forget about the potential source of annoying notifications and advertisements, so the malware stays on the device intact.