Hacking Alert! Delete these 15 apps immediately from your phone

    Joker Malware is back and is entering android phones through some of the apps available on the Google Play Store. Delete these apps quickly from your phone.
    By HIMANI JHA
    | Updated on Dec 21 2021, 08:22 PM IST
    Secure your phone by deleting these Joker Malware infected apps
    Secure your phone by deleting these Joker Malware infected apps (Pixabay)
    Secure your phone by deleting these Joker Malware infected apps
    Secure your phone by deleting these Joker Malware infected apps (Pixabay)

    Mobile security solutions firm Pradeo has recently alerted Android users about certain Google Play store apps that are infected with infamous Joker malware. This malware has already can put your device at a major security risk. Last year to it affected over 15 popular apps, however, after Google intervention, those apps were removed and the malware was restricted. But it has again returned by making small changes to its code to bypass Google’s security.

    Recently, an analyst at Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, Tatyana Shishkova, discovered that the Joker malware was infecting at least 14 Android apps. This malware was first discovered in 2017 and was a major challenge for Google to tackle it back.

    According to Pradeo’s report, a popular app called Color Message get infected by the Joker malware. The app is used by 5 lakh users.

    Know about Joker malware, how it affects and which apps should be deleted immediately from your phone.

    What is Joker malware and how it affects your phone?

    The Joker malware is a “Fleeceware” that infects popular apps and enter the user’s phone when the apps are downloaded. This malware simply subscribes users to paid services online without taking their permission. It can also click on online ads automatically. The most dangerous thing about this malware is it can even read OTPs from your SMS to secretly approve payments and users can’t even find that unless they check their bank statement. It was first detected in 2017 and since then Google has been fighting hard to secure users from this malware.

    Here are the fifteen apps that are infected by Joker which you should delete immediately:

    Some apps that are infected by Joker malware are quite popular with over 50,000 installs while some are little-known apps. Check the list below

    1. Color Message

    2. Safety AppLock

    3. Convenient Scanner 2

    4. Push Message-Texting&SMS

    5. Emoji Wallpaper

    6. Separate Doc Scanner

    7. Fingertip GameBox

    8. Easy PDF Scanner

    9. Now QRCode Scan

    10. Super-Click VPN

    11. Volume Booster Louder Sound Equalizer

    12. Volume Boosting Hearing Aid

    13. Flashlight Flash Alert on Call

    14. Halloween Coloring

    15. Classic Emoji Keyboard

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