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Delete These 21 Dangerous Android Apps Now

The apps have been deleted on Google Play, but may still exist on your Android phone.
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Last week, ESET researchers exposed a year-long adware campaign on Google Play. It tracked down its operator, which made use of multiple developer names and several tricks to avoid detection on your mobile phone.

The following are the 21 apps that use adware as a form of attack:

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  1. Basketball Perfect Shot by JJDO TK
  2. DU Recorder – Screen Recorder by Claure Apps
  3. File Downloader for Insta by Carmen D. Adkins
  4. Flat Music Player by Uranium
  5. Free Radio FM Online by Juke Studio
  6. Free Social Video Downloader by Mini Apps
  7. VN Free Top Video Downloader by THELT
  8. Free Video Downloader by DINH VIET HUNG
  9. Heroes Jump by JJDO TK
  10. HikeTop+ - Become Popular in IG by Claure Apps
  11. Mini Lite for Facebook by Hien-DEV
  12. MP4 Video Downloader by Tiler Hember
  13. Ringtone Maker 2019 by CarlosGApps
  14. Ringtone Maker Pro by DINH VIET HUNG
  15. Tank Classic – Super Battle Tank by mrtcorp
  16. SaveInsta by Uranium
  17. Smart Gallery by Uranium
  18. Smart Notes for You by Carmen D. Adkins
  19. Solucionario de Algebra de Baldor by CarlosGApps
  20. Video Downloader by TYPHU TEAM
  21. Water Drink Reminder by Carmen D. Adkins

Although the 21 apps have been deleted on Google Play, they may still exist in the phones of people who downloaded them. ESET also reports that the apps are still available on third-party app stores. The apps have been downloaded and installed eight million times on Google Play, according to ESET.

How does adware harm your device?

ESET identified the operator as a manufacturer of adware. Once infected, your device will display ads as full-screen activities. The adware may appear on any app, even if other apps do not support ads. But that’s not the only way that adware destroys your device. The virus can perform a host of operations on your phone. The following are just some of them:

  • Generate increased network traffic, slowing down your device
  • Rapidly consume your battery resources
  • Gather your personal information and behavior

ESET is an Internet security company headquartered in Slovakia, with offices in the USA, Canada, Singapore, and Australia, among others. ESET is one of the world’s best developers of antivirus software.

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