The Belgian police recently warned Android app users about the return of the ‘Joker’ virus. One of the most persistent viruses, Joker attacks Android devices and hides itself in various apps on the Google Play Store. The virus is said to have enabled the user to subscribe to paid services without their permission. “This malicious program has been detected in eight Play Store applications,” Belgian police said in a statement published on its website.
Remove these 8 apps from the phone immediately
Incidentally, these 8 apps are what researchers at Quick Heal Security Labs discovered in June this year. Google removed these apps from the Play Store after the malware was reported. However, Android users will have to remove these apps from their smartphones. And as a recent warning from the Belgian authorities shows, there are users who still have these apps on their devices and are falling prey to the Joker malware.
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List of Android apps affected by Joker virus:
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- Auxiliary Message
- Element Scanner
- Fast Magic SMS
- Free CamScanner
- Go Messages
- Super Message
- Super SMS
- Travel Wallpapers
The user doesn’t even notice
Joker is one of the most persistent malware that constantly targets Android devices. It was first detected in the year 2017. According to the researchers of Quick Heal, Joker steals many sensitive user information including SMS, contact list, device information, OTP. “This could result in a big surprise in your bank account or on your credit card at the end of the month.” The Belgian police warned about the app, saying that this virus subscribes to paid services, especially premium services, which the user is not even aware of.