Did you download these BANNED dangerous apps from Google Play Store? Check full list

    Dangerous apps on Google Play Store exist and lakhs of them have been downloaded by phone users. These apps have malware in them and can event intercept OTPs.

    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Jul 20 2022, 17:44 IST
    These dangerous apps on Google Play Store are packed with malware posing a threat to phones users.
    These dangerous apps on Google Play Store are packed with malware posing a threat to phones users. (Pixabay-Edited)
    These dangerous apps on Google Play Store are packed with malware posing a threat to phones users.
    These dangerous apps on Google Play Store are packed with malware posing a threat to phones users. (Pixabay-Edited)

    Even after Google's efforts to stop malicious apps from getting into Google Play Store apps, many still escape being caught. These dangerous apps on Google Play Store have been downloaded 300,000 times by innocent phone users. Recently, Cybersecurity researchers at Zscaler's ThreatLabz have discovered three malware families targeting phone users via malware containing Google Play Store apps. Installing these malicious apps allows cybercriminals to steal users' data, take over their social media handles of users, access SMS, and subscribe them to premium services without letting them know. As reported by Bleeping Computers, these apps are found to be infected with three dangerous malware families that we are familiar with - Joker malware, Facestealer, and Coper. Notably, there are 50 such banned dangerous apps on Google Play Store and you can check the full list in the article below.

    Analysts have already informed Google about these, and the tech giant has immediately banned these apps. But the apps were already downloaded over 3 lakh times. Those who are still using these malicious apps must remove them and perform other safety measures to clean out the malware effect. Here's how these malware work:

    Joker Malware

    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.


    The malicious trojan Facestealer uses social engineering to steal Facebook credentials and makes connections to a Russian server and give spyware full access to victims' Facebook accounts and all data they contain, such as credit card details, conversations, searches, etc.

    Coper malware

    It is an information-stealing malware that can intercept SMS texts, logging text entered on the devices, perform overlay attacks, send malicious SMS texts, and exfiltrate data back to the attacker's servers.

    Check the full list of dangerous apps on Google Play store

    Simple Note Scanner - com.wuwan.pdfscan

    Universal PDF Scanner - com.unpdf.scan.read.docscanuniver

    Private Messenger - com.recollect.linkus

    Premium SMS - com.premium.put.trustsms

    Smart Messages - com.toukyoursms.timemessages

    Text Emoji SMS - messenger.itext.emoji.mesenger

    Blood Pressure Checker - com.bloodpressurechecker.tangjiang

    Funny Keyboard - com.soundly.galaxykeyboard

    Memory Silent Camera - com.silentmenory.timcamera

    Custom Themed Keyboard - com.custom.keyboardthemes.galaxiy

    Light Messages - com.lilysmspro.lighting

    Themes Photo Keyboard - com.themes.bgphotokeyboard

    Send SMS - exazth.message.send.text.sms

    Themes Chat Messenger - com.relish.messengers

    Instant Messenger - com.sbdlsms.crazymessager.mmsrec

    Cool Keyboard - com.colate.gthemekeyboard

    Fonts Emoji Keyboard - com.zemoji.fontskeyboard

    Mini PDF Scanner - com.mnscan.minipdf

    Smart SMS Messages - com.sms.mms.message.ffei.free

    Creative Emoji Keyboard - com.whiteemojis.creativekeyboard.ledsloard

    Fancy SMS - con.sms.fancy

    Fonts Emoji Keyboard - com.symbol.fonts.emojikeyboards

    Personal Message - com.crown.personalmessage

    Funny Emoji Message - com.funie.messagremo

    Magic Photo Editor - com.amagiczy.photo.editor

    Professional Messages - com.adore.attached.message

    All Photo Translator - myphotocom.allfasttranslate.transationtranslator

    Chat SMS - com.maskteslary.messages

    Smile Emoji - com.balapp.smilewall.emoji

    Wow Translator - com.imgtop.camtranslator

    All Language Translate - com.exclusivez.alltranslate

    Cool Messages - com.learningz.app.cool.messages

    Blood Pressure Diary - bloodhold.nypressure.mainheart.ratemy.mo.depulse.app.tracker.diary

    Chat Text SMS - com.echatsms.messageos

    Hi Text SMS - ismos.mmsyes.message.texthitext.bobpsms

    Emoji Theme Keyboard - com.gobacktheme.lovelyemojikeyboard

    iMessager - start.me.messager

    Text SMS - com.ptx.textsms

    Camera Translator - com.haixgoback.outsidetext.languagecameratransla

    Come Messages - com.itextsms.messagecoming

    Painting Photo Editor - com.painting.pointeditor.photo

    Rich Theme Message - com.getmanytimes.richsmsthememessenge

    Quick Talk Message - mesages.qtsms.messenger

    Advanced SMS - com.fromamsms.atadvancedmmsopp

    Professional Messenger - com.akl.smspro.messenger

    Classic Game Messenger - com.classcolor.formessenger.sic

    Style Message - com.istyle.messagesty

    Private Game Messages - com.message.game.india

    Timestamp Camera - allready.taken.photobeauty.camera.timestamp

    Social Message - com.colorsocial.message

    How to stay safe?

    To protect yourself from these malwares, you must install only essential apps. Another thing that you must do is always read reviews before installing an app and trust only large well-known publishers. Additionally, read the permissions carefully that these apps asked upon installing.

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    First Published Date: 20 Jul, 17:40 IST