36 apps Google has removed from Play Store so far this year that you need to delete

    Between July and October so far, 36 apps have been pulled off from the Google Play Store. You need to uninstall these apps right away in case you still have not. 
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 23:42 IST
    36 apps you need to delete from your devices right now - Google has already pulled them off the Play Store. 
    36 apps you need to delete from your devices right now - Google has already pulled them off the Play Store.  (Pixabay)
    36 apps you need to delete from your devices right now - Google has already pulled them off the Play Store. 
    36 apps you need to delete from your devices right now - Google has already pulled them off the Play Store.  (Pixabay)

    Google has been pulling off apps from the Play Store that have either been violating the Play Store policies or have been infected by malware, particularly the Joker malware. 

    Joker first infected 11 apps on the Play Store in July, followed by 6 more apps in the first half of September. Then 17 more apps were been infected and were pulled off the app store in early October. 

    We just told you about Google removing three apps for kids from the Play Store, however, these have not been removed due to any malware issues. 

    Princess Salon, Number Coloring and Cats & Cosplay, that had more than 20 million downloads between them, have been pulled off by Google for violating Google's data collection policies and potentially accessing users' Android ID and AAID (Android Advertising ID) numbers, with the data leakage potentially connected to the apps being built using SDKs from Unity, Umeng and Appodeal.

    Also Read: Google removes 3 apps for kids from Play Store, uninstall them right away

    In all, so far 36 apps have been pulled off the Play Store for malware issues and other policy violations and you need to delete them right away in case you still have them on your phones. 

    Here are the 36 apps: 

    1. Princess Salon
    2. Number Coloring
    3. Cats & Cosplay
    4.  All Good PDF Scanner
    5. Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
    6. Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
    7. Tangram App Lock
    8. Direct Messenger
    9. Private SMS
    10. One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
    11. Style Photo Collage
    12. Meticulous Scanner
    13. Desire Translate
    14. Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
    15. Care Message
    16. Part Message
    17. Paper Doc Scanner
    18. Blue Scanner
    19. Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
    20. All Good PDF Scanner
    21. com.imagecompress.android
    22. com.relax.relaxation.androidsms
    23. com.file.recovefiles
    24. com.training.memorygame
    25. Push Message- Texting & SMS
    26. Fingertip GameBox
    27. com.contact.withme.texts
    28. com.cheery.message.sendsms (two different instances)
    29. com.LPlocker.lockapps
    30. Safety AppLock
    31. Emoji Wallpaper
    32. com.hmvoice.friendsms
    33. com.peason.lovinglovemessage
    34. com.remindme.alram
    35. Convenient Scanner 2
    36. Separate Doc Scanner 

    While you can still download these apps from APK stores, we strongly recommend you don't do it. 

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    First Published Date: 24 Oct, 11:59 IST
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