Dangerous Joker virus has returned to Google App Store. In 2020, Google removed 40 apps infected with the virus from its Play Store. Since then, Google Play Star has banned 1,700 apps.
Last June, Google removed 8 apps from the play store and claimed the virus to be completely deleted. However, recently, cybersecurity company ZScaler has revealed that such malware has been found in 16 more apps.
Google has been tracking the Joker virus since 2017. But the number of apps infected with the Joker virus has not stopped completely.
The virus can steal user data including SMS, contact list, device information, OTP code without the user’s permission and information.
The virus causes the apps in the Play Store to disappear by themselves and capture banking information as well as steal money without the user’s knowledge.
Even if Google removed it from your Play Store, you may still have these apps on your mobile. These apps are very dangerous for the users, if they are on your mobile, it would be wise to delete them immediately.
Here are 16 apps that have recently been found with the Joker virus –
- Private SMS
- Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
- Style Photo Collage
- Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
- Paper Doc Scanner
- All Good PDF Scanner
- Care, Message
- Part Message
- Blue Scanner
- Direct Messenger
- One Sentence Translator-Multifunctional Translator
- Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
- Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
- Tangram App Lock
- Desire Translate
- Meticulous Scanner
If you have any of these apps on your mobile, you may be a target of the Joker virus.
Joker virus is a very dangerous virus, which has been constantly targeting Android devices. Despite being aware of the virus, it has not stopped making inroads into Google’s official app market. By changing the code of the app, from the execution method to the payload retrieving method, it inserts itself into various apps.