Android Warning: Delete These Dangerous Apps Now

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Dangerous Android Apps

Researchers from ESET have warned Android users about a list of 42 dangerous apps found to contain adware. The researchers have informed Android users to delete the apps from their smartphone immediately. The apps which were previously available on the Google Play Store has amassed a combine total of 8 million downloads.

Lukas Steanko who shared the info on a blog post, said the apps are capable of draining your battery life, data as well as gathering personal information. The blog writer listed 21 of the apps and detailed package names as well. The list contains some popular apps such as Free Video Downloader, DU Recorder, Ringtone Maker as well as MP4 video downloader.

Here Are The List Of Dangerous Apps You Should Delete Now

  • Smart Gallery
  • SaveInsta
  • Mini lite for Facebook
  • Freed Radio FM Online
  • Free Video Downloader
  • Free Social Video Downloader
  • File Downloader
  • Water Drink Reminder
  • Smart Notes for You
  • DU Recorder
  • Tank classic
  • Heroes Jump
  • Solucionario
  • Ringtone Maker
  • Video downloader
  • Ringtone Maker Pro
  • Basketball Perfect Shot
  • HikeTop+
  • MP4 video downloader
  • Flat Music Player
  • Free Top Video Downloader

Lukas said the apps apps have their code hidden under a package name ‘com.google.xxx’. The apps are capable of impersonating apps like Facebook or Google when users attempt to find out what’s responsible for the adwares.

According to him;

This trick – posing as a part of a legitimate Google service – may help avoid scrutiny. Some detection mechanisms and sandboxes may whitelist such package names, in an effort to prevent wasting resources.

Lukas also noted that these apps have been reported to Google and that they have been deleted from Google Playstore. According to him, they were able to find the developer responsible for the adware apps but the name was not revealed. While the apps may have been deleted by Google, it is important that Android users check their smartphones and remove the apps immediately.

This is not the first time dangerous apps capable of stealing personal information has been deleted from Playstore. Last year in June, a total of about 98 Android Apps was found to have been affected with malware.

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