You must delete these 22 apps right now – according to internet security firm
Android phone users are at risk of “clickfraud” apps that can drain their battery and leave them with huge phone bills.
These apps have been secretly performing criminal activity out of sight, according to security experts.
“Clickfraud” apps simply pose as normal Google Play Store apps, reports Birmingham Live.
British security software firm Sophosidentified 22 apps, which collectively, have been downloaded more than 22 million times by device owners.
Researchers explained: “The only effects a user might notice is that the apps would use a significantly greater amount of data, at all times, and consume the phone’s battery power at a more rapid rate that the phone would otherwise require,”
“Because consumers would not be able to correlate these effects to the apps themselves, their Play Market reviews for these apps showed few negative comments.”
These are the apps users should uninstall right now – according to Sophos:
Sparkle FlashLight – com.sparkle.flashlight
Snake Attack – com.mobilebt.snakefight
Math Solver – com.mobilebt.mathsolver
ShapeSorter – com.mobilebt.shapesorter
Tak A Trip – com.takatrip.android
Magnifeye – com.magnifeye.android
Join Up – com.pesrepi.joinup
Zombie Killer – com.pesrepi.zombiekiller
Space Rocket – com.pesrepi.spacerocket
Neon Pong – com.pesrepi.neonpong
Just Flashlight – app.mobile.justflashlight
Table Soccer – com.mobile.tablesoccer
Cliff Diver – com.mobile.cliffdiver
Box Stack – com.mobile.boxstack
Jelly Slice – net.kanmobi.jellyslice
AK Blackjack – com.maragona.akblackjack
Color Tiles – com.maragona.colortiles
Animal Match – com.beacon.animalmatch
Roulette Mania – com.beacon.roulettemania
HexaFall – com.atry.hexafall
HexaBlocks – com.atry.hexablocks
PairZap – com.atry.pairzap
It comes months after it emerged over 140 apps downloaded from Google Play Store contain malicious files designed to attack computers.
The malware affects PCs when a phone is plugged into a Windows PC, and it farms private data, according to LincolnshireLive.
But it will not affect the Android devices themselves.
If a computer is infected with the virus then credit card numbers, passwords and social security numbers can be collected because the malware tracks keystrokes.
The apps are no longer available on the Play Store but may still be on some phones. The apps infected have been downloaded since October 2017.
Google was notified of the flaw by Palo Alto Networks.
They discovered not all the apps from the same developer had the same Windows files.
This means the researchers believe different computers were used when creating the codes of the apps – and some of these were infected with malware.
Users who have downloaded any of the files via the Android app and connected to a computer may be infected.
Anyone with any of these apps on their phones should delete them to avoid infection, it has been claimed.
Here are the apps that have been affected:
TV RuanG TaMu
Ice cream stick