Beware! Did you download this popular Android app on phone? Know how to DELETE Joker virus | How-to

Beware! Did you download this popular Android app on phone? Know how to DELETE Joker virus

Popular Android app, Color Message, has Joker virus which can steal your personal data, make you pay.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 23:02 IST
Joker virus can access your personal data via popular Android app, Color Message.
Joker virus can access your personal data via popular Android app, Color Message. (Unsplash)

If you are an Android app user and want to download any app, then Google Play Store is the place from where you can do so easily. However, it needs to be noted that not every Android app on the Google Play Store is safe and secure. If you download any of the apps which are not secure on your phone, then you can end up losing your data or it may cause security concerns. And that brings us to our problem - Android app Joker virus. Yes, the Joker virus has been found on an Android app and it is called Color Message. It is a popular app and hundreds of thousands of people have downloaded it and you may be one of them. It is of critical importance that you delete this Android app because there is a Joker malware hidden in it.

Criminals try and often succeed in breaching the security tools on phones to inject trojans in various apps to steal data from time to time using the apps which are not secure. A popular Android app named "Color Message" has been found to be carrying the Joker virus in it. As per the information, the Joker virus steals personal data from your smartphones and gains premium access to other apps as well.

Joker virus has been known since 2017 and acts as a base to many apps. It is considered as very dangerous. What is really worrying is that it has been banned many times, but it keeps returning. The virus is similar to malware which infiltrates your device and steals personal data and signs you up for premium services that can empty out your bank account. And it can further lead to a surge in phone bills too.

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How Joker virus enters your phone

When you download or install any new app from Google Play Store or Apple App Store, it requires access and permissions to various details and data stored in your phone. Most people give these permissions easily as they are in a hurry to get the download done. And, generally, viruses enter your smartphone inside the new app, which has been infected with the Joker malware and thereby gains access to your personal data.

The "Color Message" app is said to offer sticker sets and message analytics, but it also steals your data. It can be known that the app has over 5 million downloads, however, it has been removed from the Google Play Store. Also, if you have the app installed in your phone, you are advised to uninstall it.

You are also advised to not to install unnecessary apps and grant them permission to access all your details keeping the security reasons in mind. Google Play Store security is there, but many viruses escape detection. Therefore you need to be cautious and double sure before installing any application in your phone.

How to delete Joker virus from your phone

Time
Tools
Supplies
10 Minutes
  • Smartphone
  • Laptop
  • Desktop
  • Updated Browser
  • Internet
Step 1: Go to phones Settings.
Step 2: Then to Apps.
Step 3: Uninstall the app.
Step 4: Then check what all the Joker malware has you up for.
Step 5: Stop payments for all.

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First Published Date: 30 Dec, 10:02 IST
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