From the last few weeks, Cheetah Mobile has been in the news because of the fraud clicks it has been generating through its apps. The reason we’re calling upon you all to uninstall QuickPic is the same. QuickPic was bought by Cheetah Mobile in 2015 and even though the company had stated that they won’t monetize it, everyone knew that something wasn’t quite right. As of today, it seems that the play store listing of QuickPic redirects to the “app removed” page. Although we don’t exactly know whether Google pulled it off or Cheetah Mobile itself took it down, you should uninstall it immediately.
Last month, Cheetah Mobile was caught generating a massive number of fraudulent clicks on the ads that they show through their apps. Following this expose, Google pulled the plug on apps like CM File Manager. Cheetah Mobile also took down their own apps like CM Locker and Battery Doctor.
I’m going to list a few apps that are popular but were developed by Cheetah. If you happen to have any of these, you know what to do –
- CM Launcher 3D – Themes and Wallpapers
- CM Browser – Ad Blocker , Fast Download , Privacy
- CM Security – Open and Free VPN
- Cheetah Keyboards and themes
- Clean Master – Antivirus, Cleaner and Booster
- Security Master – Antivirus, AppLock, VPN, Booster
- CM File Manager
- Launcher 3D Pro
- CM Locker – Security Lockscreen
It is fairly easy to find out if any app is built by Cheetah. It will either have a name starting with CM or developer name – Cheetah.
Alternatives to QuickPic –
I’ve personally stopped using QuickPic a long time back. Google Photos is what I generally use. However, there’re plenty of alternatives available in the Play Store. For example, Focus by renowned developer Francisco Franco is a great little photo viewing app. Furthermore, you can also search for apps like Camera Roll, Simple Gallery, and Piktures.
This story is based on the original story reported by AndroidPolice.