Millions of Android users may have to check their phones again for more than a bunch of malicious apps that have been banned from the Google Play Store, according to Express.
More than 20 million Android users downloaded 16 apps from the Google Play Store, which secretly hid malware. Popular apps, one of which has just been downloaded more than 10 million times, have been loaded with the new Clicker malware series that scammers online use to generate illegal advertising revenue.
McAfee security experts discovered this new bug and reported their findings to Google, with the apps subsequently removed from the Play Store.
If you downloaded any of them before they were removed by Google, they will still be present on your Android device. This means that any affected user needs to delete these dangerous Android apps immediately.
Those who don’t follow this advice can see their device’s resources run out while the malware is running in background.
This can lead to decreased performance along with draining the device’s battery faster than usual, overheating, and consuming large amounts of monthly mobile data.
Speaking of the new Android threat, McAfee said in a post on the blog: “The team McAfee Mobile’s search recently identified new Clicker malware that has infiltrated in Google Play. In total, 16 apps previously on Google Play have been confirmed to contain a malicious payload with 20 million presumed installs. McAfee security researchers have warned Google and all selected apps are no longer available on Google Play. Users are also protected by Google Play Protect.
The most common applications that contained Clicker malware were High Speed Camera (over 10 million download), Smart Task Manager / DxClean (over five million installations) and Flashlight + (over one million users).
Anyone who downloaded the DxClean app will be in for a particularly nasty surprise, as the app claimed it was meant to help improve the phone’s performance and stop annoying ad problems, but it did just the opposite.
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