Hostile Downloaders

Hostile Downloaders

Code that isn't in itself unwanted software, but downloads other mobile unwanted software (MUwS).

Code may be a hostile downloader if:

  • There is reason to believe it was created to spread MUwS and it has downloaded MUwS or contains code that could download and install apps; or
  • At least 5% of apps downloaded by it are MUwS with a minimum threshold of 500 observed app downloads (25 observed MUwS downloads).

Major browsers and file-sharing apps aren't considered hostile downloaders as long as:

  • They don't drive downloads without user interaction; and
  • All software downloads are initiated by consenting users.


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