ES File Explorer App suspected to Install adware without Permission on users Smartphones

by Vishal Toshiwal 8

When someone talks about third party file explorers, our mind goes back to the time when old flavours of Androids such as KitKat and Lollipop were latest versions. While Google has introduced file explorers on the stock interfaces starting from Marshmallow upgrade, there are a considerable number of users who are consuming these third-party file explorers.

The main reason for these apps still in circulation is that most brands take time to update their handsets with latest Android flavours. So, they haven’t got any choice regarding using a stock explorer. Talking about the main issue, ES Explorer, which is synonymous with word file explorer is a widely popular app on Google Play Store.

The Estrongs owned app is suspected of installing adware without smartphone users permission. The issue came into highlight when posted on Reddit by a concerned user, who reportedly has been using ES Explorer for years. But feels the company is violating permissions on user’s smartphones. The Nexus 6P user by name andrewbi posted that after he plugged in the device for charging, the ES Explorer app installed a third-party app called DU charge booster automatically. It also replaced the home screen with ads that were earlier not visible.

ES Explorer - Adverts

One of the most recent instances that was reported by one of our readers sharing two screenshots where you can clearly see popup ads being displayed on top of other apps. Wouldn’t you get irritated by some random advert popping up in between your conversation on WhatsApp or any other app for that matter? The ES Explorer icon can be seen stating Apps Secretly Downloading files!

Apparently, it is not the first time that ES Explorer has behaved like this. The explicit behaviour dates back to last year when the Charging Screensaver was persistently appearing and miraculously claiming to increase charging time by 20%. If you’re on an older version of Android and looking for a third-party File Explorer on your device, then we recommend trying some other apps like Solid Explorer or use your default explorer on the device.

Thanks to our reader Krupesh Raval for screenshots.

Note: We had earlier wrongly reported that the ES File Explorer app was from Cheetah Mobile, but the fact is that its owned by estrongs that was recently acquired by Baidu.

Vishal Toshiwal

Born in West India, raised in the North and currently chasing dreams in the southern part of India- Vishal is an entrepreneurial spirit, a tech enthusiast and a writer by profession, who is busy taking pictures when he is not writing. He would love to talk to you about the latest movies, TV shows and DC/Marvel comics. As a personal rule, he doesn't let a day get by without at least one dessert. Because, why not?

  • Nebu Cherian

    Thanks for letting me know, actually I had this app on my tab. Now I will look cautiously whether this app installs malware.

  • Kal El

    This is so old. ES already removed the lockscreen in an update in May. its still not recommended because anything owned by Cheetah Mobile is not recommended. Its a chinese company and it will keep continuing such suspicious activities. It bought and ruined Clean Master, it bought and ruined ES, and there are many such apps.

    • Pantheon

      Even quickpic.

  • Dekamaster

    It’s not old, they brought back this annoying ad stuff >_>
    I’m going to try solid explorer

    • Manuel

      solid explorer has “send through wifi lan” such as es file?

  • Dany

    Seriously…is somebody still using this crap?

  • Bassquake

    I got the “Apps Secretly Downloading Files!” popup on my Sony Android TV (W805C) just today! Was confused at first as I thought it was the pc but was actually the tv! Didn’t know they could do that!?! I do have the ES Explorer on it. Hopefully uninstalling it will get rid of any future surprises.

  • Liam Caden

    Garbage, can’t belive they would be so deceptive to install apps without permission or even notification. That has to be against the policies of Google.