Happened to open my android Marshmallow based screen on my unrooted phone. Saw a message that "insta apps" was updating. Download completed before I could stop it and update history does not show this package as being updated.
I have:

  1. verified that there is no package installed in the settings->apps list with insta apps in it's name.

  2. verified that install from 3rd party source is turned off in my settings->security options

  3. made sure that my play store settings for auto-update apps is set to do not auto-update apps.

  4. did an adb backup and had a look at the package list and did not find any apps with insta in their package name.

I did download a audio recorder application from the play store which kept flashing dodgy messages. Maybe it installed something else?

Anyway to track down what this is? My phone is not rooted but I do have dev studio access to it. Maybe it's time to put the phone in the wood chiper and never use the playstore again?

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    There's a developer by that name if that's some pointer. My first thought was that new sort of apps you don't install at all, see e.g. here – which would explain why you cannot find it in installed apps. Could that be?
    – Izzy
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 23:50
  • thanks for the pointer. Aware of the instant apps packages but this was distinctly "insta apps" which appears to be a highly questionable vendor. The app seems to be targeting my android pay information.
    – MrMagoo
    Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 11:09


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