21 malware apps found on Google Play Store, delete them from your phone now!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 21 Android apps with HiddenAds malware were found by Avast
  • Google has removed most of these infected apps
  • The infected apps have been downloaded around eight million times

A set of 21 android apps infected with malware has been discovered by Czech antivirus maker Avast. The apps are said to have been downloaded around eight million times. The security firm claims that the affected apps have adware, called HiddenAds, that disguises itself in fun or useful applications, but actually exist to serve up intrusive ads outside the app. The malware, first discovered in 2019, can also hide the app icon – making it difficult for users to uninstall them, and hide behind relevant-looking advertisements, making them hard to identify, added the report. Google has removed most of these apps from the Play Store, but if you have downloaded them, you should uninstall them right away.

List of infected apps removed from Google Play Store:

  • Shoot Them
  • Crush Car
  • Rolling Scroll
  • Helicopter Attack – New
  • Assasin Legend – 2020 New
  • Helicopter Shoot
  • Rugby Pass
  • Flying Skateboard
  • Iron it
  • Shooting Run
  • Plant Monster
  • Find Hidden
  • Rotate Shape
  • Jump Jump
  • Sway Man
  • Dessert Against
  • Cream Trip – New
  • Props Rescue

Two out of the 21 infected apps were still available on the Google Play Store for download at the time of writing this article. The apps are named Find 5 Differences – 2020 NEW and Find the Differences – Puzzle Game. Avast malware analyst Jakub Vavra said that developers of adware are increasingly using social media channels as regular marketers would. The apps, as stated above, mimic popular games, and the criminal group behind this operation relied on social media ads and marketing to draw users to their Play Store pages. 

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