It seems we can’t go a week without discovering a bunch of malicious apps in the Google Play Store.
Google recently removed a massive 52 apps that are capable of intercepting passwords, stealing Facebook credentials, and taking screenshots of private conversations. Tap or click here to make sure nothing is installed on your phone.
There is another wave of bad apps to watch out for, and they have already been downloaded nearly 10 million times. We have the full list and tips on staying safe below.
Here’s the backstory
Despite its resources, Google cannot keep up with every bad app uploaded on the official Play Store. Fortunately, cyber security experts are always looking to give Big Tech a heads up.
The team at Doctor Web highlighted 28 malicious apps in the Google Play Store that consist of photo editing tools, custom wallpaper, and keyboard themes, among other things. Eight other malicious apps disguised themselves as camera, photo, and chat apps.
Doctor Web told Google about the threats, but some of them still remain in the Play Store.
Are there any of these apps on your phone?
Here are the first 28 malicious apps that Doctor Web has to offer. These apps push intrusive ads, steal information, hack social media accounts, download malware, intercept messages and more.
Check back and check if you have any of these software installed on your device:
- Photo Editor: Beauty Filter – gb.artfilter.tenvarnist
- Photo Editor: Retouch & Cutout – de.nineergysh.quickarttwo
- Photo Editor: Art Filters – gb.painnt.moonlightingnine
- Photo Editor – Design Maker – gb.twentynine.redaktoridea
- Photo Editor & Background Eraser – de.photoground.twentysixshot
- Photo Editor and Exif – de.xnano.photoexifeditornine
- Photo Editor – Filter Effects – de.hitopgop.sixtyeightgx
- Photo filters and effects – de.sixtyonecollice.cameraroll
- Photo Editor: Blur Image – de.instgang.fiftyggfife
- Photo Editor: Cut and Paste – de.fiftyninecamera.rollredactor
- Emoji Keyboard: Stickers & GIF – gb.crazykey.sevenboard
- neon keyboard theme – com.neonthemekeyboard.app
- Neon Theme – Android Keyboard – com.androidneonkeyboard.app
- cache cleaner – com.cachecleanereasytool.app
- Premium Shipping – com.fancyanimatedbattery.app
- FastCleaner: Cashe Cleaner – com.fastcleanercachecleaner.app
- Call Skins – Caller Themes – com.rockskinthemes.app
- funny caller – com.funnycallercustomtheme.app
- CallMe phone themes – com.callercallwallpaper.app
- InCall: Contact background – com.mycallcustomcallscrean.app
- MyCall – Personalize your calls – com.mycallcallpersonalization.app
- caller theme – com.caller.theme.slow
- caller theme – com.callertheme.firstref
- Funny Wallpapers – Live Screen – com.funnywallpapaerslive.app
- 4K Auto Wallpaper Changer – de.andromo.ssfiftylivesixcc
- NewScrean: 4D Wallpapers – com.newscrean4dwallpapers.app
- Stock wallpapers and backgrounds – de.stockeighty.onewallpapers
- Notes – Reminders & Lists – com.notesreminderslists.app
Here are more bad apps to watch out for
The second group of malicious apps completes the list of 36. These apps contain the Joker malware, a type of computer program that feeds you a free trial before automatically switching to a subscription.
Once you’re screwed up, unsubscribing is a pain. Joker can also intercept passwords, install other apps on your device, bypass two-factor authentication during in-app purchases, and take screenshots of your messages.
Check your phone for these apps:
- POCO LAUNCHER
- 4K Pro . Camera
- heart emoji stickers
- YouToon – AI animation effect
- Besta – Cartoon Photo Effect
- Water Reminder – Tracker & Remind
- Yoga – for beginners and advanced
- chat on the Internet
Click or tap here to find and remove four other Android apps that spread Joker malware.
Now is the time to delete!
Whether or not Google has removed all these apps from the Play Store, you still have to delete them from your phone. Here’s how:
- open the Google Play Store Application.
- At the top right, tap profile icon.
- Faucet Manage apps and devices > Manages.
- Click on the name of the app you want to delete.
- Faucet uninstall.
How to stay safe now and in the future
The first step is to delete the offending apps. Now you need to make sure that you do not fall victim to malware. Here are some cybersecurity tips:
- Turn on Google Play Protect by heading to Google Play Store > Profile > Play Security > Settings and run Scan apps with Play for protection.
- Check your phone for security updates by going to Settings > System > system update.
- Open a web browser on your phone and make a file Google Security Check at myaccount.google.com/security-checkup. Follow the steps to give your device more robust security settings.
- Just download the apps from the official app stores. Always go to the official source and double-check that you are installing the correct application.
- Watch out for apps that use a similar logo or have similar functionality to other popular apps. Also check reviews to see if others warn of suspicious activity.
- Pay attention to the permissions. Stay away if an app wants full access to your text messages or notifications.
- Have trustworthy antivirus software on all your devices. We recommend our sponsor, TotalAV. Now, get an annual plan for TotalAV Internet Security for just $19 at ProtectWithKim.com. That’s over 85% off the regular price!
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