Malware Alert! Delete these 151 apps from your Android phones immediately
In today’s time, we are required to download several apps in order to make payments, scan documents, edit pictures, etc. But, at times, we can also download apps that have malware in them that can access all our information – from our pictures to our bank account number, etc.
Even though Google keeps removing such apps from its store, they eventually resurface. As per, Avast, a cybersecurity software provider, 151 Android apps were found that were involved in premium SMS fraud schemes. One of the scams was, where UltimaSMS used fake Android apps to enroll consumers up for pricey SMS services.
These apps represent themselves in a variety of tools like custom keyboards, QR code scanners, video and photo editing programmes, call blocks, and games.
These apps have a pattern – Once the installation is completed, they ask for access for the smartphone’s location, IMEI number, and phone number. They do this to verify the area code and language of the user.
Once the user’s information is accessed, it is utilized to extract information from them in order to dupe them. Once they dupe the customers, the apps either stop working or they offer new subscription alternatives.
Avast has generated list of such apps as a part of its report of apps that have malware. Any user using these apps should immediately uninstall these apps or check their bank account for any odd expenditures.