Tatiana Shishkova, a malware analyst at Kaspersky, discovered several malicious apps on the Google Play store. First, Smart TV remote and Halloween Coloring were identified, which were downloaded at least 1000 times.
Over the past few weeks, Shishkova has discovered several more Android apps on the Google Play store that have been infected with the Joker malware. This malware was first detected in 2019. Joker can sneak into your phone and sign you up for subscription services, and not everyone notices the recurring monthly payments.
These apps have now been removed from the Google Play store. But if you installed them, then experts recommend that you definitely uninstall these applications:
- Now QRcode Scan – over 10,000 installations
- EmojiOne Keyboard – over 50,000 installations
- Battery Charging Animations Battery Wallpaper – 1000+ Installs
- Dazzling Keyboard – over 10 installations
- Volume Booster Louder Sound Equalizer – Over 100 Installations
- Super Hero-Effect – over 5,000 installations
- Classic Emoji Keyboard – over 5,000 installations
One of the best ways to protect yourself from malware is to only use apps from trusted developers and avoid unknown apps with few reviews.