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Uninstall These 8 Apps Now: 3 Million Phones Are Infected with Virus

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Android is not immune to malware. For example, things can quickly go wrong if you accidentally download the wrong APK from the wrong website.

It's generally agreed that malware should not be a problem as long as your apps are downloaded from the Google Play Store. 

This is especially true with programs like Play Protect, which scans for hidden threats. 

Occasionally, however, malware slips through Google's firewall to get into users' phones. 

For example, Dubbed Autolycos was a piece of malware included in several popular apps on the Play Store. It was downloaded more than 3 million times.

Maxime Ingrao, a security researcher, discovered the malware (Bleeping Computers). It was found in at least eight applications. 

Google has taken them all down as of this writing. However, it took Google six months to act on the report after initial acknowledgement.

It works by injecting URLs onto HTTP requests on remote browsers instead of loading external WebViews. 

It asks for permission to access SMS content. This allows infected apps to read your texts and steal one-time password codes.

Social media is a popular channel for spreading malicious apps, Most of the ads are on Facebook. 

They promise keyboard themes, launcher apps that look nice, and camera apps with cool filters. 

They're very effective in this regard, with two apps exceeding a million downloads each.

The Play Store has removed all infected apps, including: Vlog Star Video Editor (com.vlog.star.video.editor, 1 million downloads) Creative 3D Launcher (app.launcher.creative3d, 1 million downloads)

Wow Beauty Camera (com.wowbeauty.camera, 100,000 downloads) Gif Emoji Keyboard (com.gif.emoji.keyboard, 100,000 downloads)

Razer Keyboard & Theme (com.razer.keyboards, 10,000 downloads, not related to the gaming/tech company Razer) Freeglow Camera 1.0.0 (com.glow.camera.open, 5,000 downloads)

Coco Camera v1.1 (com.toomore.cool.camera, 1,000 downloads)

Uninstall any apps you have downloaded after seeing them in an ad on Facebook. Don't even consider downloading apps from advertisements, especially if the developer isn't familiar with you.