Beware of these 16 malicious apps that have been installed 20 million times

Beware of these 16 malicious apps that have been installed 20 million times
Beware of these 16 malicious apps that have been installed 20 million times

A list containing 16 malicious apps for Android has been made public because, collectively, these apps currently have more than 20 million downloads and are responsible for endangering a significant number of mobile devices. If you are unaware of this imminent risk, it is possible that one of these apps has already infected your device. The list has been made public because it is important for users to be aware of the danger.

The purpose of the applications on this list is to violate the law and engage in intrusive advertising. While you are using the app that appears to be a tool, these apps are monitoring advertisements and compelling you to watch a large number of them even though you have not given your agreement. This type of infection is known as clicker malware, and it has once again been able to sneak its way into the (*16*) Play Store without being discovered, at least not right immediately.

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How clicker malware impacts your cell

This form of infection has been embedded into utility programs such as Flashlight, QR scanners, cameras, unit converters, and activity managers; these are tools that are widely utilized, and the user consistently perceives them to be safe and without risk.

After the application has been successfully installed, the malicious code will initiate a remote HTTP request. After the configuration instruction has been downloaded, the FCM listener is active. This listener is responsible for receiving and executing push messages without your authorization. Once the listener has been activated, the configuration instruction is downloaded.

These FCM listeners are responsible for visiting the websites that have been instructed and actively investigating them in the background, imitating the behavior of the user when they are using the application that carries the malicious code.

The two malicious agents that are repeated in the list of apps and that are responsible for running the malware are “com.click.cas,” which focuses on auto-click functionality, and the “com.liveposting” library, which deals with operating hidden adware service providers. Both of these malicious agents are responsible for running the malware.

List of malicious functions

This is a list of harmful apps that you should not download or remove from your phone right now

  1. Flashlight+ (kr.caramel.flash_plus)
  2. Smart Task Manager (com.james.SmartTaskManager)
  3. High-Speed ​​Camera (com.hantor.CozyCamera)
  4. Okay-Dictionary (com.joysoft.wordBook)
  5. BusanBus (com.kmshack.BusanBus)
  6. Flashlight+ (com.candlencom.candleprotest)
  7. Quick Note (com.movinapp.quicknote)
  8. Currency Converter (com.smartwho.SmartCurrencyConverter)
  9. Joycode (com.joysoft.barcode)
  10. EzDica (com.joysoft.ezdica)
  11. Instagram Profile Downloader (com.schedulezero.instapp)
  12. Ez (*20*) (com.meek.tingboard)
  13. 달력메모장 (com.smh.memocalendar)
  14. 손전등 (com.candlencom.flashlite)
  15. 계산기 (com.doubleline.calcul)
  16. Flashlight+ (com.dev.imagevault)

If any of these applications have been installed on your mobile device, or if you are currently using one of them, you should uninstall it as soon as possible and select an antivirus program that will assist you in completely clearing your system.