The Unimax UMX U686CL is a Chinese-made smartphone distributed by the federally funded Assured Wireless by Virgin Mobile has been found to come pre-loaded with two malicious applications.

Malwarebytes researchers found the malware every owner finds on their phone is Wireless Update and amazingly the device’s own Settings app, neither of which can be removed from the phone or it will not operate properly.

Nathan Collier, Malwarebytes senior malware intelligence analyst, said settings functions as a heavily obfuscated trojan dropper detected as Android/Trojan.Dropper.Agent.UMX. After being installed one of the first pieces of malware dropped is HiddenAds.

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