Google deletes 22 Android apps with virus, check if they are in your phone

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New Delhi : A cyber security company which looks after the security apps wrote that Google has deleted 22 apps from the Play store. The apps were malicious, loaded with computer or mobile virus and had a backdoor built into them that helped the apps do ad-fraud. Also, this app with hidden virus were downloaded by over 2 million times before they were deleted.

Sophos, the cyber security company is investigation futher and found that the apps linked to Andr and Clickr-ad network. The security company wrote that the this "is a well-organized, persistent malware that has the potential to cause serious harm to end users, as well as the entire Android ecosystem" because "these apps generate fraudulent requests that cost ad networks significant revenue as a result of the fake clicks."

Experts in the blog post wrote that these apps can cause harm to a phone. "From the user’s perspective, these apps drain their phone’s battery and may cause data overages as the apps are constantly running and communicating with servers in the background. Furthermore, the devices are fully controlled by the C2 server and can potentially install any malicious modules upon the instructions of the server," the company.

The lists of 22 apps that you should not have on your phone are:

  • Sparkle FlashLight
  • Snake Attack
  •  Math Solver
  • ShapeSorter
  • Tak A Trip
  • Magnifeye
  • Join Up
  • Zombie Killer
  • Space Rocket
  •  Neon Pong
  • Just Flashlight
  • Table Soccer
  • Cliff Diver
  • Box Stack
  • Jelly Slice
  • AK Blackjack
  • Color Tiles
  • Animal Match
  • Roulette Mania
  • HexaFall
  • HexaBlocks
  • PairZap