Although Google has an analytics system that aims to evaluate apps before they are available on the Play Store, this is not a mistake, and sometimes, among the millions of options, some slip that puts users at risk. This is the status of 8 apps that have been identified as containing Joker malware, which you should remove immediately.
According to the Phone Arena portal, a total of eight common Android apps should be uninstalled immediately because they put users’ device at risk.
To give you an idea of how dangerous these apps are, we tell you that Joker is a malware aimed at stealing users’ personal data, allowing you to make more phone calls from their cell phone model and contact list to messages.
Not only do they lose control over the functionality on the smartphone, they also warn that those infected with this computer virus are capable of registering users on paid subscription services.
Although this malware has already been identified and has the potential to prevent it, cybercriminals continue to commit themselves to creating some variants with the intent of harming and deceiving many individuals.
Here is a list of Android apps that need to be uninstalled:
Supporting message Supplementary message
Fast Magic SMS Quick Magic SMS
FreeCamScanner Free Gamescanner
Super news Or super news
Element scanner Element scanner
Go to News Or go to News
Travel wallpapers Travel finance
It should be noted that these apps have already been removed from the Play Store. However, that does not mean that they can no longer operate on your phone and steal your information. Therefore, if you find something, it is recommended that you uninstall it immediately.
In fact, if you start noticing strange behavior on your device, especially if the tasks are very slow and the battery lasts low, you should be very careful, you may have already installed the Joker-like malware, it uses a lot of resources in the background because it clicks so many different ads.
How to be sure?
The first thing to say is that for Android, cybersecurity companies have identified that some criminals create a legitimate app that can bypass all Google reviews and then modify the code with an update that hides the malware.
Keep in mind that Android, unlike iOS, allows downloading from third parties, not only from its own site, but also from the user downloading the app from a source other than the official store.
So, to keep you safe, the recommendation is, first, download only from the Play Store and check if the app has the Play Protect logo. But not only that, before downloading it is good to check the rating it holds and the comments of other users and finally the permissions it requires. For example, if it’s an image editing tool, it’s logical that it needs access to your gallery, but you do not need to allow it to see your contacts.
Finally, do not forget to install security technology on all devices you connect to the Internet. It is a good idea to keep the device up to date to avoid potential security issues.