Google periodically performs deletion on its popular Play Store to launch unwanted and nefarious apps that could harm your device. Mostly, apps that belong to unidentified publishers are targeted, but some popular apps are likely to face the ax as they are found to be involved in the spread of spyware, malware, or other malicious software. This time Google is deleting 34 apps infected with Joker malware.
The infected apps were discovered by Zscaler, a Californian cybersecurity company that previously released the initial list of apps affected by the Joker malware. The reason these apps have still managed to keep themselves within the Play Store despite Google’s tight security is that the Joker malware uses a technique called “Dropper” which allows these apps and the malicious software within them to bypass the. Google security scan. The user, likewise, remains unaware of the fact that there is malware seeping into their device and that their personal data could be at risk.
Either way, Google is now cracking the whip on these 34 apps that may never find their way back to the Android app market.
Here is the list of apps that Google has launched:
1. All Good PDF Scanner2. Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message 3. Unique fancy keyboard characters and free emoticons 4. Tangram app lock 5. Direct messenger 6. Private SMS 7. A phrase translator Multi-functional translator8. Photo Collage Style 9. Meticulous scanner 10. Desire Translate 11. Talent Photo Editor Blur focus12. Attention message 13. Partial message 14. Paper Doc Scanner 15. Blue scanner 16. Hummingbird PDF Converter Photo to PDF17. All good PDF Scanners 18. com.imagecompress.android19. com.relax.relaxation.androidsms20. com.file.recovefiles21. com.training.memorygame22. Push messages – SMS and SMS 23. GameBox24 fingertips. com.contact.withme.texts25. com.cheery.message.sendsms (two different instances) 26. com.LPlocker.lockapps27. Security App Lock 28. Emoji Wallpaper29. com.hmvoice.friendsms30. com.peason.lovinglovemessage31. com.remindme.alram32. Practical 233 scanner. Separate document scanner
Joker malware would make subscriptions to unwanted premium apps without your consent and steal that money from you. Google has taken action to combat the malware, which is now controlled, but the aftermath of that is what Google is trying to reverse by cleaning up the Play Store.
Your Android phone could be at risk if it still has one of these 34 apps infected with the infamous Joker malware.
- Google is releasing up to 34 apps from the Play Store on Android.
- These 34 apps were found to be infected with the Joker malware.
- Joker malware recently hit Android devices to steal money from users.