The Google Play defenses that Google uses to detect malicious apps are very effective. They are really cool at detecting malicious programs and then removing them. True, there is a small snag in their work. It just so happened that these mechanisms are triggered with a great delay. So big that the apps they uninstall manage to get hundreds of thousands of downloads and reload a whole bunch of devices. Therefore, victims will have to remove these applications from their devices themselves.
From time to time, even Google Play is infiltrated by malicious applications
The applications that will be discussed below, in fact, had nothing to do with the capabilities declared by their creators. Instead, they operated as phishing programs, replacing login screens on social media apps. As a result, the user, when launching the desired application, saw in front of him a fake login and password entry page, not suspecting anything, entered his credentials, and then lost either access to his account or confidentiality, for which everyone is so actively fighting today.
Which apps for Android need to be removed
Phishing apps that steal data are more common today than any other
Despite the fact that the mass removal of applications from Google Play is quite common, this time their total number turned out to be 25. This is quite a lot, given that the vast majority of these programs have from 100 to 500 thousand downloads, and only three of them – less than a thousand.
- Super Wallpapers Flashlight
- Wallpaper Level
- Contour level wallpaper
- iPlayer & iWallpaper
- Video maker
- Color Wallpapers
- Powerful Flashlight
- Super bright flashlight
- Super flashlight
- Solitaire game
- Accurate scanning of QR code
- Classic card game
- Junk file cleaning
- Synthetic Z
- File manager
- Composite Z
- Screenshot Capture
- Daily Horoscope Wallpapers
- Wuxia Reader
- Plus Weather
- Anime Live Wallpaper
- iHealth Spep Counter
In general, losing an account on a social network is not as scary as losing money in your bank account. However, it should be borne in mind that if the application could replace the authorization page in Facebook, there is no guarantee that its creators did not have the opportunity to teach it to do the same for banking programs. In the end, both in Facebook, in Gmail, and in Sberbank Online, the principle of replacing authorization pages is the same. This means that there is a great risk that attackers could switch to something more valuable than the correspondence of their victims.
How to recognize a virus for Android
You don't have to fight malware if you don't download it
It may seem that since Google has failed to recognize malicious applications, it means that ordinary users have nothing to try. However, this is the deepest delusion. First of all, of course, you should check the reviews that users leave. If it is malware or trickery, someone will probably write about it. Well, if there are no reviews, you can always check if one app has overlapped with another. To do this, after launching the bank client, simply open the multitasking menu and see if one application overlaps with another. This is the easiest and surest way to find out about a phishing attempt.
Another tip that comes in handy is to carefully check what permissions the app is asking for. After all, if he does not have access to the overlay mechanism, it is logical that he will not be able to do it. And no application can get this privilege on its own. If he has the appropriate permission, then you gave it. Therefore, if anyone is to blame for stealing access to accounts or finances, then only yourself.