#parent | #kids | Android users urged to delete six dangerous apps that can fleece you out of thousands

From Samsung to Google, Android smartphones are some of the most popular handheld devices around the world.

But if you have an Android smartphone, a new report may urge you to reassess which apps you have installed.

Researchers from Pradeo have warned about six dangerous apps that can fleece you out of thousands.

The apps are loaded with a dangerous malware dubbed Joker, according to Pradeo.

In a blog about the findings, Pradeo explained: “Joker is a malicious bot (categorized as Fleeceware) which main activity is to simulate clicks and intercept SMS to subscribe to unwanted paid premium services unbeknownst to users.

“By using as little code as possible and thoroughly hiding it, Joker generates a very discreet footprint that can be tricky to detect.”

Man shocked at phone

In the last year, Joker has been found hiding in hundreds of apps.

Now, Pradeo has identified six newly infected apps, including Emoji Wallpaper and Safety AppLock (scroll down for the full list).

Worryingly, the six apps were found to have been downloaded nearly 200,000 times.

Pradeo added: “Users are advised to immediately delete them from their device to avoid fraudulent activities.”

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The 6 dangerous apps

Safety AppLock

Convenient Scanner 2

Push Message-Texting&SMS

Emoji Wallpaper

Separate Doc Scanner

Fingertip GameBox




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