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Life’s not always easy for an Android smartphone owner. It’s common knowledge that Android devices are generally more susceptible to viruses than smartphones manufactured by Apple.

In August last year, we told you how a massive 145 mobile applications in the Google Play Store were loaded with malware — malicious software — that could compromise your security. Even since the start of the year, we’ve already reported on 2 instances of unusual data harvesting or sharing, in some of the most popular applications around, here and here.

Now, another warning has surfaced over yet another 85 dodgy applications, which could infect your smartphone and install malware onto your device in a move that has already affected an estimated 9 million users.

Apps ‘disappear into thin air’

A tech blog called Trend Micro found that numerous applications on the Google Play Store were operating as fakes. Though they appear to be legitimate games or other utilities, they don’t function in the way you’d expect. Masquerading as a game, television application, remote control or otherwise, they are in fact shells that contain malicious spyware designed to compromise your phone.

For example, ‘Easy Universal TV Remote‘ offers you a single app to control your telvision, but it’s loaded with malware that can track the activity on your phone and its screen. Incredibly, it has already been downloaded over 5 million times.

Though it’s not uncommon to see fake, 5-star reviews for malicious applications, designed to disguise their true nature, there is no way for the app creators to block legitimate reviews. And they’re less than positive. Users have reported apps that crash or flat-out do not work in the way they describe. Some users have even explained how once they downloaded an application, it “vanished into thin air“.

 

Image courtesy of Trend Micro blog

 

Unfortunately, this vanishing act is not simply an inconvenience. The application leaves behind malicious software that is designed to bombard you with advertisements, track your activity on your smartphone, or worse — they could even siphon off and steal your personal information, funnelling it to a third-party.

The good news is that Google have already removed the offending applications from the Google Play Store. So there’s no risk of you downloading one of the apps we’re talking about. However, you might want to run through the list and double-check that you haven’t already downloaded one of these before. If you have, you might need to consider a factory reset to remove any well-hidden malware from your phone, though you’ll want to back up any of your important data first.

Get in touch with WiseGuys on 0808 123 2820 if you want to have a chat about ensuring that your device is free from malware and as secure as it can be. Otherwise, without further hesitiation, we give you the full list of applications that you should be removing from your device as soon as possible:

SPORT TV

Prado Parking Simulator 3D

WorldTv

TV WORLD

City Extremepolis

American Muscle Car

Idle Drift

Offroad Extreme

Remote Control

Moto Racing

TV Remote

สถานีโทรทัศน์แห่งประเ ทศไทย

A/C Remote

Bus Driver

Trump Stickers

Love Stickers

Christmas Stickers

Parking Game

TV EN ESPAÑOL

TV IN SPANISH

Brasil TV

Nigeria TV

WORLD TV

Drift Car Racing Driving

TV BRASIL

BRASIL TV

Golden Apps

TV IN ENGLISH

Racing in Car 3D Game

Mustang Monster Truck Stunts

TDT España

Brasil TV Challenge

Car Stunts Game 3D

Prado Car

UK TV

POLSKA TV

Universal TV Remote

Bus Simulator Pro

USA TV

Photo Editor Collage

Televisão do Brasil

CHILE TV

Spanish TV

Kisses Stickers

Prado Parking City 3D

SPORT TV

Pirate Story

Extreme Trucks

Canais de TV do Brasil

Prado Car

TV Spanish

Ελλάδα Τηλεόραση

Canada TV Channels

Prado Parking

3D Racing

TV Remote

USA TV

GA Player

Real Drone Simulator

PORTUGAL TV

SPORT TV

SOUTH AFRICA TV

Monster Truck 3D

ITALIA TV

Vietnam TV

Movies Stickers

Police Chase

South Africa TV

Garage Door Remote

Racing Car 3D

Photo Editor Love Frames

TV LIST

TV Colombia

Racing Car 3D Game

World Tv

FRANCE TV

Hearts Stickers

РОССИЯ ТВ

TV of the World

WORLD TV

ESPAÑA TV

TV IN ENGLISH

TV World Channel