Google has again removed 18 applications from its Play Store platform. Malware can infect users' smartphones with those infected apps – a popular technology company claims. Although this is not a new phenomenon or the first time this has happened. Google currently removes malicious apps from the regular Play Store. For this reason, almost every week, the names of various malicious applications come before us. So far, Google has removed about 1,600 malicious applications.
Researchers at Zscaler ThreatLabZ recently discovered these Joker malware applications, according to the report. These kinds of apps, bypassing Google Play's security check system, take place in the Play Store with a thumbs up. When users download these applications, they steal their SMS, contacts or other information from the device. Not only that, but many of these apps use users' information to sign-up for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services.
You will be surprised to know that these 16 applications have already been downloaded a total of 120,000 times from the Google Play Store. Most of these were scanner applications. Also available as some apps, messaging apps or photo editors. We've got to know the names of almost all of the apps, which we'll share with you now.
These apps are –
1. All Good PDF Scanner,
2. Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message,
3. Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons,
4. Tangram App Lock,
5. Direct Messenger,
. Private SMS,
. One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator,
. Style Photo Collage,
9. Meticulous Scanner,
10. Desire Translate,
11. Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus,
12. Care Message,
13. Part Message,
14. Paper Doc Scanner,
15. Blue Scanner
16. Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
Google, once before, warned about these apps. But since the warning was not very effective, the US agency took drastic action. These 16 apps can no longer be downloaded. But if you have these apps installed on your phone, delete them now.