Avast Admits Error: Google Android App Wrongly Flagged as Malicious on Chinese Smartphones
Security Giant Acknowledges Mistaken Labeling of Google Quick Search Box App
Avast, a prominent name in the cybersecurity industry, has acknowledged an error in its antivirus Software Development Kit (SDK) that resulted in the misidentification of the Google Android app on specific Chinese smartphones. The issue led to the incorrect classification of the Google Quick Search Box app launcher as malware.
Avast’s SDK plays a crucial role in powering the Huawei Optimizer app, which includes the antivirus component. The security firm recognized that its SDK was incorrectly flagging the Google Quick Search Box as malware on Huawei phones. However, this problem was primarily observed on Huawei devices outside of China, with a limited number of Honor and Vivo devices also affected. Avast took prompt action to address this issue, implementing a fix on October 30th, which fully resolved the situation.