Four security-risk Android apps you need to delete today

Cybersecurity experts have found four Android apps with more than 1 million downloads are infected with viruses and pose a threat to the private and financial data on your phone

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A cybersecurity firm is warning more than one million Google Play users to delete four security-risk Android apps that are a danger to their privacy. 

The research by MalwareBytes (opens in new tab)has found the four infected apps are:  

  • Bluetooth App Sender
  • Bluetooth Auto Connect
  • Driver: Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi
  • Mobile Transfer: smart switch

The apps combined have had more than one million downloads and pose a serious identity theft and scams risk.  

What you need to know about the four security-risk Android apps

Initially when users download the apps, everything seems fine. But MalwareBytes says the apps use delayed behaviour to trick people. 

A couple of days after the app is downloaded it will start showing malicious behaviour like opening phishing sites in Chrome. 

The cybersecurity provider verifies that not all phishing sites are dangerous. Some are just to produce pay per click but there can be some dangerous ones among them. 

For example, on Chrome an adult content site could open up and then tell users that they’ve been infected, they need to download another app or an update is required.

Some tabs can even open in the background without you knowing and whilst your phone is locked. 

The virus is more serious as MalwareBytes say all the evidence shows it’s more than getting past Google Play Protect detection. This type of malware is known as Trojan HiddenAds.

If you have any of these apps, it has been recommended that you delete them as soon as possible. 

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Vaishali Varu
Staff Writer

Vaishali graduated in journalism from Leeds University. She has gained experience writing local stories around Leeds and Leicester, which includes writing for a university publication and Leicester Mercury. 

She has also done some marketing and copywriting for businesses.

When she is not writing about personal finance, Vaishali likes to travel and she's a foodie.