In July alone, we reported removing over 100 malicious apps from the Google Play Store.
Malware comes in many forms, some of which allow hackers to take control of your phone, while others steal personal information or sign you up for subscription services that are hard to get out of. Touch or tap 36 malicious apps to delete them from your phone right now.
It’s August now, but things don’t seem to get any better. We have a new list of 17 apps that contain banking Trojans. We will show you how these dangerous apps work and how to avoid them.
Here’s the backstory
Even with all its money and resources, Google can’t keep up with the sheer volume of malicious apps uploaded on its official Play Store. Fortunately, the cyber security experts are always there to lend a helping hand to Big Tech.
Trend Micro has detected 17 malicious applications that provide services such as call recording, VPNs, cleaning software, scanners, photo editing, and more. They really usher in software designed to steal sensitive information like login credentials, account numbers, and financial information.
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Check your phone for these malicious apps
Even though the apps have been removed from the Google Play Store, this does not mean that they have been removed from your devices. Check your phone against the following list. If you find any matching apps, delete them immediately:
- call recorder apk – com.caduta.aisevsk
- Rooster VPN – com.vpntool.androidweb
- Super Cleaner – Super Smart – com.j2ca.callrecorder
- Document Scanner – PDF Creator – com.codeword.docscann
- Universal Saver Pro – com.virtualapps.universaver
- eagle photo editor – com.techmediapro.photoediting
- call recorder pro + – com.chestudio.callrecorder
- Extra Cleaner – com.casualplay.leadbro
- Encryption Utils – com.utilsmycrypto.mainer
- FixCleaner – com.cleaner.fixgate
- Universal Saver Pro – com.qaz.universaver
- fortune cleaner – com.luckyg.cleaner
- Just In: Motion Video – com.olivia.openpuremind
- document scanner – com.myunique.sequencestore
- conquer darkness – com.flowmysequto.yamer
- simplified cleaner – com.scando.qukscanner
- Unicc QR Scanner – com.qrdscannerratedx
Here is how to delete any app from your Android phone:
- 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.
very dangerous apps
To escape discovery, the Trojan horse masquerades as a legitimate program. This proved to be useful enough that the Google Play Store overwhelmed them. Trojans can be communicated through applications known as trains.
Trend Micro has identified a new dropper variant called DawDropper, which evades security checks to deliver the following malware to devices:
- Octo (Cooper) It is a banking Trojan capable of sending and receiving texts, stealing banking information and allowing attackers to take control of your device remotely.
- hydra It is a type of Trojan that asks you to enable permissions which will enable it to overwrite a legitimate banking app login page with a malicious one.
- throw you It sends stolen financial login credentials to threat actors, who can use the information to steal money or commit fraud.
- thibot It uses apps to redirect users to click a link, infecting their devices.
Keep your devices (and money) safe by following these steps
The job is not done just because you deleted the offending apps. You must exercise vigilance and caution at all times. Here’s how:
- Turn on Google Play Protect by heading to Google Play Store > Profile > Play Security > Settings and run Scanning apps with Play Protect.
- 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.
- Download apps only from 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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