By now everyone reading this has hopefully uninstalled ES File Explorer, the app with access to everything on your Android device—and potentially your home network—that also phones home to a remote server. If that weren’t bad enough it’s also become bogged down with adware as of late; a recent version put ads right on users’ lock screens by default.
Last Friday MakeUseOf included ES in a list of 10 popular Android apps not to install on your device. Here are the other 9 offenders on that list.
Photo Collage Editor
Egregious ads, including ads on your lock screen.
Now owned by Cheetah Mobile—see my entry on Clean Master below.
Tracks your browsing history, geolocation data, IMEI number and more.
Dolphin Web Browser
Tracks your browsing history, including private browsing.
Drains battery, downloads gigabytes of background data.
Similar to Clean Master, its “features” are unnecessary and potentially harmful to your phone.
DU Battery Saver & Fast Charge
Fast charging is made possible with compatible hardware, not software.
Almost Every Anti-Virus App
Largely unnecessary, potentially dangerous.
For alternatives to these apps, check out the link immediately below. And feel free to post your own!