Warning, this tool to install the Google Play Store hides malware

Instead of giving Windows 11 users the benefit of the Google Play Store, this tool adds particularly cunning malware. It executes scripts and snoops on the user, slipping under the radar of antiviruses.

Windows 11 allowed Microsoft to take an important step in its history. The new operating system can officially run Android applications, thanks to a partnership between the computer giant and Amazon. For now, users have to make do with the Amazon AppStore and a limited number of apps. A problem easily circumvented since there are many unofficial solutions allowing to install the Google Play Store on Windows 11. The advantage is to be able to access the Google store and therefore to be able to install a large number of applications.

The problem is that an unofficial application can sometimes cause problems. The Bleeping Computer site has spotted that a third-party tool called Windows Toolbox has decided to override its primary function. Very popular, it allows you to add the Google Play Store to your computer and do a lot of things. A bit too much.

Officially, the software has earned a certain reputation by offering to clean Windows 11 of its bloatware. It also offers the possibility of activating a copy of Windows or Microsoft Office; and therefore to install the Google Play Store via the Windows subsystem for Android. Behind this facade is mostly a Trojan horse that ran a series of malicious scripts, dubious Chrome extensions and potentially other malware. Among the missions of Windows Toolbox, our colleagues mention the execution of PowerShell scripts discreetly and the execution of scheduled tasks. These tasks were intended to run other scripts or prevent certain applications from working properly.

It is also discovered that the tool created a hidden folder c:\systemfile to copy profiles from Chrome, Edge, and Brave. These files contain sensitive data, such as location information. Once present in the system, it can also redirect the user who tries to access sites like whatsapp.com. Rather than accessing Meta’s email, the victim is redirected to malicious sites (scams, scams, promotion of unwanted software, etc.).

Be careful to choose the right tools to install Android apps on Windows 11

After numerous user complaints, the tool disappeared from GitHub. If you have downloaded it, it is therefore advisable to get rid of it and check the damage it may have caused. The malware seemed to mainly affect US users, but caution should be exercised. In case of problem, there is always the possibility of reinstalling Windows 11 and exploring other solutions to access Android applications from your computer. In addition to the Amazon AppStore, Google plans to offer its Google Play Games on machines running Windows 11 and 10.

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Source: Journal du Geek by www.journaldugeek.com.

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