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Are apps downloaded from Applanet safe for use?

Can they have any malware?

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@AlEverett thanks a lot – Heidar Aug 25 '12 at 13:49
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Applanet is that rather shady-looking place that claims to let users download and install 'thousands of free and paid apps' for free. Since the original authors of the apps have little say in whether their app appears on the site, I think it's fair to say that all bets are off when it comes to the apps' integrity.

Also bear in mind that it's recently been proved entirely possible to download malware from the official market (Google Blog entry).

So, in summary:

  1. Impossible to say, and,
  2. Yes.
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correct me of I'm wrong but dont the paid apps in the market have some kind of DRM which would mean that the appplanet versions must have modified code to work? if that's the case of be even more suspicious. – Matt Mar 7 '11 at 12:50
@Matt Most of them don't have actual DRM. Android just tries to "protect" the .apk, which is useless if you have root. – Matthew Read Mar 7 '11 at 14:38
@Matthew Read: I think I remembered that there was some sort of verification scheme where applications can opt to request a check whether a paid application's installation is authorized. I'm quite sure this was optional so most paid .apk does not bother protecting themselves after installation. – Lie Ryan Mar 7 '11 at 15:25
@Lie I think you're right, that meshes with my fuzzy recollection of how it works :P – Matthew Read Mar 7 '11 at 15:42

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