Google banned these 26 Android apps! Boot them off your phone now

    Google banned as many as 26 Android apps that have Grifthorse Android Trojan hidden, stealing money from users' mobile phones.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 20:46 IST
    Google bans 26 apps
    The top 10 apps that Google banned include, Handy Translator Pro, Heart Rate and Pulse Tracker, Geospot: GPS Location Tracker, iCare – Find Location, My Chat Translator, Bus – Metrolis 2021, Free Translator Photo, Locker Tool, Fingerprint Changer, Call Recoder Pro. (Pixabay)
    Google bans 26 apps
    The top 10 apps that Google banned include, Handy Translator Pro, Heart Rate and Pulse Tracker, Geospot: GPS Location Tracker, iCare – Find Location, My Chat Translator, Bus – Metrolis 2021, Free Translator Photo, Locker Tool, Fingerprint Changer, Call Recoder Pro. (Pixabay)

    It has been revealed that Google banned as many as 26 Android apps that were stealing money from users. What is more, the hackers had infected computers so easily and secretively that no one even knew what was happening until one security company looked into it and found the offending apps. The company was Zimperium and a complaint was forwarded to Google, which slapped a ban on them. The top 10 Android apps that Google banned are Handy Translator Pro, Heart Rate and Pulse Tracker, Geospot: GPS Location Tracker, iCare – Find Location, My Chat Translator, Bus – Metrolis 2021, Free Translator Photo, Locker Tool, Fingerprint Changer, Call Recoder Pro.

    Unfortunately, for users of Android apps, the problem has not ended with the application of the Google ban. It has merely come to light and a warning has been issued to mobile phone users. The next step must be taken by users themselves to fight back the hackers. They can do this simply by taking out enough time to check which apps have been downloaded on their smartphones, locate the ones that are mentioned in this list and delete them immediately.

    Also read: Looking for a smartphone? Check Mobile Finder here.

    The reason why users should check their smartphones is because these apps have been downloaded by millions of people (check table provided below). The top infected Android app has been downloaded between 5,00,000 to 10,00,000 times. The other 25 in the list have been downloaded a minimum of anything between 1,00,000 to a maximum of 5,00,000.

    That means the probability of one of these dangerous Android apps being on a lot of phones is quite high. So, it is better to be safe than sorry and therefore, mobile phones should be checked for dicey apps and they should immediately be booted out. The danger to you will remain very much there till you have not banned these apps from your phone.

    Zimperium zLabs was the security firm that unveiled the malicious campaign that is named Grifthorse Android Trojan. This malware is hidden behind malicious Android apps and acts as a Trojan.

    Zimperium zLabs explains that it poses a threat to all Android devices. Its job is to subscribe unsuspecting users to paid services. There is a huge amount of money being lost by users in this way.

    “Overall, GriftHorse Android Trojan takes advantage of small screens, local trust, and misinformation to trick users into downloading and installing these Android Trojans, as well frustration or curiosity when accepting the fake free prize spammed into their notification screens,” Zimperium explained.

    App NameMinimum DownloadsMaximum Downloads
    Handy Translator Pro5,00,00010,00,000
    Heart Rate and Pulse Tracker1,00,0005,00,000
    Geospot: GPS Location Tracker1,00,0005,00,000
    iCare – Find Location1,00,0005,00,000
    My Chat Translator1,00,0005,00,000
    Bus – Metrolis 20211,00,0005,00,000
    Free Translator Photo1,00,0005,00,000
    Locker Tool1,00,0005,00,000
    Fingerprint Changer1,00,0005,00,000
    Call Recoder Pro1,00,0005,00,000
    Instant Speech Translation1,00,0005,00,000
    Racers Car Driver1,00,0005,00,000
    Slime Simulator1,00,0005,00,000
    Keyboard Themes1,00,0005,00,000
    What's Me Sticker1,00,0005,00,000
    Amazing Video Editor1,00,0005,00,000
    Safe Lock1,00,0005,00,000
    Heart Rhythm1,00,0005,00,000
    Smart Spot Locator1,00,0005,00,000
    CutCut Pro1,00,0005,00,000
    OFFRoaders – Survive1,00,0005,00,000
    Phone Finder by Clapping1,00,0005,00,000
    Bus Driving Simulator1,00,0005,00,000
    Fingerprint Defender1,00,0005,00,000
    Lifeel – scan and test1,00,0005,00,000
    Launcher iOS 151,00,0005,00,000

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    First Published Date: 04 Oct, 07:50 IST
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