Malware Threat Mitigation

Malwarelytics for Android provide several mitigation techniques. These are useful to protect the app when a harmful app is found on the device.

Available mitigations:

  • Killing the app
  • Uninstalling a harmful app

Due to the limitations of Android operating system it might not be possible uninstall a harmful app. In certain situations the system does not allow it or an aggressive malware with extensive permission might be able to protect itself and thwart uninstallation attempts.

Triggering Mitigations

When the apps wants to directly call a mitigation, it has to do so via MitigationManager.

Killing the App

App can be killed immediately by calling:

val mitigationManager = antivirus.getMitigationManager()

Uninstalling Other Apps

App can also request to uninstall other apps identified by its package name (application ID):

mitigationManager.uninstallApplication(context, packageName)

This call does not provide any callback for result of the uninstall. If a result is required it has to be obtained in a slightly complicated manner that results from the limitation of Android OS. It has to be called either Activity or Fragment and utilize onActivityResult() callback that’s available in either one of them.

To do so in an activity trigger the uninstall with:

mitigationManager.uninstallApplicationWithActivityCallback(activity, packageName, requestCode)

Similarly, call

mitigationManager.uninstallApplicationWithFragmentCallback(fragment, packageName, requestCode)

from a fragment (only AndroidX fragment is supported).

To process the callback override onActivityResult() system callback in the activity or fragment and process the requestCode you passed in.

Last updated on Aug 24, 2021 (17:29) View product


Malwarelytics for Android