Android, discovered new apps with malware installed 10 million times: here is the list of apps involved

Once again Android has been under the crosshairs of malevolent actors that have widespread malware exploiting the Play Store. The apps involved included adware and malware and were installed around 10 million times on different mobile devices. On the surface they look like image editing apps, on-screen keyboards, system optimizers, wallpaper changing apps, and other useful apps, in fact they aim to deliver invasive advertisements, sign up users to paid premium services, or even to steal the accounts of the most popular social platforms.

To inform of the presence of these fraudulent apps on the Play Store was Dr. Web and, at the time of writing the piece, three of these are still available for download on the Play Store. As has happened recently with conceptually similar malware, those who have previously installed one of the apps involved before their removal on the store will have to proceed with the manual installation of the same. An antivirus scan is also recommended for those who want to be sure that they have removed the malware.

New malware discovered on Android

The adware detected by the source belong to the same families, with some changes, which first appeared on the Play Store last May. Malicious apps ask for permission for run on top of any app on the screen, and can be added among the exceptions in the management of energy saving in order to continue running in the background even when the user closes the same application.

Furthermore, developers tend to hide them in the list of apps through icons and names that can remember the native system services of smartphones. The apps still present on the store are however recognizable by the presence of not exactly flattering reviews, and overall ratings well below average. Among these, for example, Neon themed keyboardof which we do not logically report the download link, which can make the smartphone even unusable by forcing the factory reset, and even its installation can become a laborious operation.

Among the malicious functions there is also the subscription of the telephone number to paid servicesThe loading of elements totally external to the app via WebView or stealer accounts distributed through apps for editing images or for inserting filters in photos. Below is a list of all the apps containing malware or adware, which we absolutely recommend removing from your device if previously installed:

  • Photo Editor: Beauty Filter (gb.artfilter.tenvarnist)
  • Photo editor: retouching and cropping (de.nineergysh.quickarttwo)
  • Photo Editor: Art Filters (gb.painnt.moonlightingnine)
  • Photo Editor – Design Maker (gb.twentynine.redaktoridea)
  • Photo editor and background eraser (de.photoground.twentysixshot)
  • Photo editor and Exif (de.xnano.photoexifeditornine)
  • Photo Editor – Filter Effects (de.hitopgop.sixtyeightgx)
  • Filters and photo effects (de.sixtyonecollice.cameraroll)
  • Photo Editor: Blurred Image (de.instgang.fiftyggfife)
  • Photo Editor: Cut, Paste (de.fiftyninecamera.rollredactor)
  • Emoji keyboard: stickers and GIFs (gb.crazykey.sevenboard)
  • Neon themed keyboard (
  • Neon Theme – Android Keyboard (
  • Cashe Cleaner (
  • Fantasy refill (
  • FastCleaner: Cashe Cleaner (
  • Call Skins – Caller Themes (
  • Funny caller (
  • CallMe Phone Themes (
  • InCall: contacts background (
  • MyCall – Call Customization (
  • Caller Theme (com.caller.theme.slow)
  • Caller Theme (com.callertheme.firstref)
  • Funny Wallpapers – Live Screen (
  • 4K automatic wallpaper change (de.andromo.ssfiftylivesixcc)
  • NewScrean: 4D Wallpapers (
  • Stock wallpapers and backgrounds (de.stockighty.onewallpapers)
  • Notes – reminders and lists (

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