Google Deletes 50 Apps Infected with Joker Malware: Recommend the Users to Delete the Apps if Installed

“Google Deletes 50 apps infected with Joker Malware” – the current news from the cyber security analytics firm Zscaler Threatlabz. The apps were found infected by the Joker Malware, so Google has removed those apps from its Play Store and also suggests uninstalling them from your smartphones.

What is Joker Malware & How is it affecting your phone?

The Joker malware is a Facestealer, Fleeceware, and Coper Malware that subscribes to the paid services without taking permission of the user. It affects apps and enters your phone while you download any of the affected apps. It also clicks on ads, and the dangerous activity is to read an OTPs in your SMS and approve the payments secretly. It was founded in 2017 and still, Google has been fighting hard to secure users.

Google Deletes 50 Apps Infected with Joker Malware

As per Zscaler ThreatLabz’s research team, the Joker Malware has been recently found to be spreading via android apps. So, it’s also recommended to run mobile antivirus programmes and clean any suspect files from your phones.

Google Deletes 50 Apps Infected with Joker Malware

According to the reports, the majority of android apps were infected with Joker malware that exploits Android devices. Even it manages to take advantage of Google Play Store with its trail signatures. The process includes the virus code update, execution, and payload-retrieval techniques.

Moreover, Zscaler ThreatLabz’s reports have claimed that once Joker Malware is active, it can install premium diallers and convert your device spyware. This malware is designed to steal SMS messages, contact lists, and device information, and signs up for the costly monthly subscription plan of unsuspecting customers for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services.

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That’s why Google was instantly notified to remove those apps immediately. But the problem is that many of those apps have already been installed by more than 300,000 times, and categories include communication, health, personalization, photography and tools of Android users. Now, it’s quite difficult to aware all the users of this problem instantly. But we can do it by sharing this article with others. So, please share it.

List of the Deleted Apps

According to the cyber security report, some of the apps were affected by the Joker Malware in a couple of days. So, Google was notified to remove those apps immediately. Here are the 50 apps, affected by the malware and now removed by Google.

  1. Universal PDF Scanner
  2. Private Message
  3. Premium SMS
  4. Smart Messages
  5. Text Emoji SMS
  6. Blood Pressure Checker
  7. Funny Keyboard
  8. Memory Silent Camera
  9. Custom-Themed Keyboard
  10. Light Messages
  11. Themes Photo Keyboard
  12. Send SMS
  13. Themes Chat Messenger
  14. Instant Messenger
  15. Cool Keyboard
  16. Font Emoji Keyboard
  17. Mini PDF Scanner
  18. Smart SMS Messages
  19. Creative Emoji Keyboard
  20. Fancy SMS
  21. Fonts Emoji Keyboard
  22. Personal Message
  23. Funny Emoji Message
  24. Magic Photo Editor
  25. Professional Messages
  26. All Photo Translators
  27. Chat SMS
  28. Smile Emoji
  29. Wow Translator
  30. All Language Translator
  31. Cool Messages
  32. Blood Pressure Diary
  33. Chat Text SMS
  34. Hi Text SMS
  35. Emoji Theme Keyboard
  36. iMessager
  37. Text SMS
  38. Camera Translator
  39. Come Messages
  40. Painting Photo Editor
  41. Rich Theme Message
  42. Quick Talk Message
  43. Advanced SMS
  44. Professional Messenger
  45. Classic Game Messenger
  46. Style Message
  47. Private Game Messages
  48. Timestamp Camera
  49. Social Message
  50. Simple Note Scanner

Final Words

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