A Complete List of The 24 Malicious Apps Banned By Google
Search engine and tech giant, Google, in its June 2020 updates banned several android apps numbering over 50.
These apps were permanently removed from the play store because they were found to be malicious. Google took this drastic decision because the apps flood android users’ mobile phones with unnecessary adverts thereby creating a poor user experience.
In addition, another set of 24 mobile apps were unlisted from the app store. They were deleted for clogging phones with unwanted hardware and stealing users’ information.
As reported by Daily Express, the attackers target Facebook users and steal their personal information and credentials.
Google struck its hammer weeks after Evina, the French cyber-security firm submitted the report of its findings to Google in May.
The cyber-security experts at Evina were able to discover that the banned apps could infiltrate unsuspecting users’ devices by using genuine functionality as baits.
How These Apps Steal Users’ Data
When an unsuspecting user downloads and installs any of the apps, the app automatically initiates a hidden code to steal users’ personal data.
In addition, overlay web browser windows automatically pop up when the user opens the Facebook app. This pop up that looks like the real Facebook page. And steals your details and sends the same to hackers immediately you log in.
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After carrying it a thorough finding, Evina discovered the malicious code in the 24 apps and reported it. Google who in turn removed the apps from its Play Store app listing after verifying the cyber-security firm’s claims and report in May 2020.
The 24 Malicious Apps Removed From Play Store Are:
- Super Wallpapers Flashlight
- Wallpaper Level
- Contour Level wallpaper
- iPlayer & iWallpaper
- Video Maker
- Color Wallpapers
- Powerful Flashlight
- Super Bright Flashlight
- Super Flashlight
- Solitare Game
- Accurate scanning of QR code
- Classic card game
- Junk file cleaning
- Synthetic Z
- File Manager
- Composite Z
- Screenshot Capture
- Daily Horoscope Wallpapers
- Wuxia Reader
- Plus Weather
- Anime Live Wallpaper
- Health Step Counter
To help secure users’ information, Google has since delisted and banned the affected apps from Play Store and as they are no longer available for download for android users.
However, if you happen to still have any of the apps on your phone, you can secure your information by manually deleting or uninstalling them from your devices.
As an additional security measure, it is recommended that users change their password after uninstalling the apps.
Finally, you can read a guide on how to secure your Facebook account from hackers or watch the video below as an alternative.