10 mn phone users should delete these 36 dangerous apps downloaded from Google Play Store; check list

    Cybersecurity researchers have warned Android phone users to delete these Google Play Store apps as they are filled with malware.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Jul 29 2022, 21:23 IST
    Google just banned these Play Store apps! Beware! Did you download any? Check full list
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    1/7 Android smartphone users are again at risk! Cybersecurity researchers have reported about a new malware threat called Autolycos. The worrying part is that the malware has chosen the widely used Google Play Store platform to disseminate the malware to the victim’s phone via apps, Express.co.uk reported (Pixabay)
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    2/7 Moreover, not just one or two, but a total of eight apps on the Google Play Store have been reported to be spoiled with this dangerous malware. The report says that there have already been 3 million installs of these apps, which is concerning because that means there are so many people who are being swindled and whose privacy is being violated. (Unsplash)
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    3/7 The danger of Autolycos malware is that the users find it hard to detect the apps with this malware in them and meanwhile, it performs malicious activities including, even reading SMS on the device. Not just that, shockingly, the malware is capable of even paying for premium services without letting the victim know! (Unsplash)
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    4/7 List of apps on Google Play Store infected by Autolycos malware: Vlog Star Video Editor, Creative 3D Launcher, Wow Beauty Camera, Gif Emoji Keyboard, Freeglow Camera 1.0.0, Coco Camera v1.1, Funny Camera’, and Razer Keyboard & Theme’. (Unsplash)
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    5/7 Collectively, all these apps have a total of 3 million installs. This simply means, around 3 million Android smartphone users are in danger. (Unsplash)
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    6/7 However, the good news is that Google has banned these malware-affected applications from the Play Store. Still, Android users are advised to monitor background internet data and battery consumption constantly to keep themselves safe against these malware threats. (Unsplash)
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    7/7 Also, cybersecurity researchers should try to minimize the number of apps you install on your smartphones. In case, these apps or any data related to them are available on your device, then you should immediately delete them now. (Unsplash)
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    There are a total 36 malicious apps from Google Play Store that you should uninstall now. (Unsplash)

    Android phone users are again at risk due to this dangerous malware that has been found on a number of Google Play Store apps, which have been downloaded millions of times by users. Some malware-loaded apps have made their way onto the Google Play Store after escaping the defenses and security checks there. The concerning part is that around 10 million users have downloaded these malware-containing apps from the Play Store so far. There are a total of 36 apps that are trying to invade the security of the Android phones while masquerading as image-editing tools, virtual keyboards, system optimizers, wallpaper changers, and other useful tools.

    According to a report from BleepingComputer, these malicious apps promise to add new features, instead, they bring intrusive ads and end up making users subscribe to the premium services. Not just that, these apps can even access personal information from social media. Most of these apps belong to photo editing tools, which carry the infamous Joker malware, which has the ability to sign up victims to premium subscription services without their knowledge.

    Once you have installed any of these apps, they request permission to add over any other app as well as the battery saver's exclusion list, which helps them to continue their work in the background. The information comes from Dr. Web antivirus team, who highlighted a huge list of malicious apps available on the Google Play Store.

    Delete these malware apps NOW!

    Thankfully, Google has removed most of these malicious apps from the Play Store now, but there are still a few which can pose risk to your Android smartphones and end up stealing personal information. Not just that, in case you already have downloaded these apps from the Play Store, you must uninstall them manually from your smartphone. Here's the full list of the malicious app:

    • Photo Editor: Beauty Filter
    • Photo Editor: Retouch & Cutout
    • Photo Editor: Art Filters
    • Photo Editor - Design Maker
    • Photo Editor & Background Eraser
    • Photo & Exif Editor
    • Photo Editor - Filters Effects
    • Photo Filters & Effects
    • Photo Editor : Blur Image
    • Photo Editor : Cut, Paste
    • Emoji Keyboard: Stickers & GIF
    • Neon Theme Keyboard
    • Neon Theme - Android Keyboard
    • Cashe Cleaner
    • FastCleaner: Cashe Cleaner
    • Call Skins - Caller Themes
    • Funny Caller
    • CallMe Phone Themes
    • InCall: Contact Background
    • MyCall - Call Personalization
    • Caller Theme
    • Caller Theme
    • Funny Wallpapers - Live Screen
    • 4K Wallpapers Auto Changer
    • NewScrean: 4D Wallpapers
    • Stock Wallpapers & Backgrounds
    • Notes - reminders and lists

    It is also advised to clear the cache and existing data related to apps from your phone, once you uninstall the app to remove all the traces of malware.

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    First Published Date: 29 Jul, 21:22 IST
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