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New app kills the world’s scariest Android malware for free

17
Jun
2014

Earlier this month, reports began trickling out about some of the scariest Android malware the world has ever seen. Dubbed Simplocker, the malicious software holds an Android smartphone or tablet hostage by encrypting all of the device’s photo, videos and documents. If the owner wishes to decrypt his or her data, a ransom is demanded. But now, thanks to Avast, there is a free way to fight Simplocker and regain control of your data without having to pay hackers a dime. Avast on Tuesday announced the availability of its new Avast Ransomware Removal app for Android. As the name suggests, the tool can be used to remove ransomware from an infected Android device. “Simplocker blocks access to files stored on

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