Android users, remove these rogue apps from your phone now!

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Computer security researcher Bitdefender has detected 35 malicious apps on Google Play Store that can infect a user’s phone. With over 2 million downloads, these apps disguise themselves as settings apps. Once installed on a device, these apps start serving ads to users’ phones. They also undertake actions such as creating shortcuts, showing multiple notifications and even blocking windows of other applications.

What makes them more dangerous is that these apps can change their names and icons themselves, making them harder to detect.

Google reportedly removed many of these apps from the Google Play Store. If a user is still using them, he should immediately remove these apps from his smartphone.

Here is the list of malicious apps

According to the report, these malicious Android apps have been downloaded on 2 million devices, with the number of downloads ranging from 10,000 to 100,000.

Some of these apps with around 1,00,000 downloads each are:

Wall Lights – Wallpaper Pack (gb.packlivewalls.fournatewren)

Big Emoji – Keyboard 5.0 (gb.blindthirty.funkeyfour)

Great Wallpapers – 3D Backgrounds 2.0 (gb.convenientsoftfiftyreal.threeborder)

Engine wallpapers (gb.helectronsoftforty.comlivefour)

Wallpapers (gb.fiftysubstantiated.wallsfour)

EffectMania – Photo Editor 2.0 (gb.actualfifty.sevenelegantvideo)

Art Filter – Deep Photoeffect 2.0 (gb.crediblefifty.editconvincingeight)

Fast Emoji Keyboard APK (de.eightylamocenko.editioneights)

Create sticker for Whatsapp 2.0 (gb.convincingmomentumeightyverified.realgamequicksix)

Math Solver – Camera Helper 2.0 (gb.labcamerathity.mathcamera)

Photopix Effects – Art Filter 2.0 (gb.mega.sixtyeffectcameravideo)

Led Theme – Colorful Keyboard 2.0 (gb.theme.twentythreetheme)

Animated Sticker Master 1.0 (am.asm.master)

Sleep Sounds 1.0 (com.voice.sleep.sounds)

Personality Charge Display 1.0 (com.charge.show)

Image distortion camera

GPS position finder (smart.ggps.lockakt)

As mentioned above, Google removed most of these apps from the Play Store. However, they are still available on several third-party app stores like APKSOS, APKAIO, APKCombo, APKPure, and APKsfull.

How to protect your Android phone from these apps

Taking some preventive measures can save Android users from falling victim to such malicious apps.

– Check app permissions before downloading

– Check app user ratings

– Always run the latest version of Android on your phone

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