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Millions have warned about dangerous Android apps that HIDE on your phone – and they will cost you

HACKERS have found a sneaky way to prevent millions of Android victims from removing their virus-infected apps.

Experts have debunked a number of apps, most of which claim to be smartphone cleaning tools that are actually riddled with malware.

Apps were caught changing their icon and name to hide them

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Apps were caught changing their icon and name to hide themPhoto credit: McAfee

Once installed, this malware lurks beneath the surface and bombards your phone with advertisements.

Worryingly, they can also run malicious services automatically without even opening the app.

The most obvious reaction from a victim would be to delete the app immediately.

But cyber criminals have come up with another way to make things even more difficult.

McAfee has noticed that these dubious apps try to hide themselves by changing their appearance.

Instead, they show up on your phone as something important like the Google Play icon or as settings.

This way they prevent users from noticing and deleting the apps.

Researchers claim that the apps in question were also promoted on advertising sites via Facebook to attract even more people.

The malware – which uses the so-called Contact Provider – is believed to have affected users in South Korea, Japan and Brazil the most, although cases have also been detected in the UK and US.

Junk Cleaner, Full Clean -Clean Cache, Quick Cleaner and Keep Clean are among the apps that have each been downloaded more than a million times on the Google Play Store.

Although they have now been removed from the App Store, anyone who has already downloaded them is still at risk until they are fully uninstalled.

“This malware is an auto-launching malware. So as soon as users download them from Google Play, they are immediately infected,” warned McAfee.

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“And variants are still being developed all the time, being released by different developer accounts.

“Hence, it is not easy for users to notice this type of malware.”

Some of the apps that contained the shady malware

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Some of the apps that contained the shady malwarePhoto credit: McAfee

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