Millions of Android phone owners have warned about four apps that will drain your bank – delete them now

ANDROID smartphone owners in the UK are being targeted by shady apps that can plunder your bank account.

The apps pretend to be file managers to sort things out on your device, but experts claim they’re actually spying on your bank login details.

X-File Manager has been downloaded more than 10,000 times


X-File Manager has been downloaded more than 10,000 timesPhoto credit: Bitdefender

They have devised a way to add a sneaky layer at the top of the login page so they can extract the sensitive details when accessing your banking apps.

If hackers get hold of these, they can access your account and possibly empty it.

Four apps were exposed for performing the malicious move.

They say some have been downloaded thousands of times – and the vast majority of victims are said to be in both the UK and Italy.

It uses your SIM card to detect where you are before deploying malicious malware.

According to Bitdefender, which conducted the investigation, target banking apps include Barclays, Tesco Bank, Santander, HSBC, TSB, and Lloyds.

Any regular file manager app would probably ask for permission to install external stuff, so the fake ones do that too with the intention of opening the doors to malware called SharkBot.

The apps were available on the Google Play Store but have since been removed, Bitdefender claims.

One called X-File Manager was installed more than 10,000 times before it was removed.

And they can still be found in the wild outside of the proper app store, which is always at far greater risk.

Which apps have malware?

According to Bitdefender, the four apps are called:

  • X File Manager
  • FileVoyager
  • Phone AID, Cleaner, Booster
  • LiteCleaner M
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Millions of Android owners warned about

If you have any of these installed, you should delete them immediately.

It is also recommended to use a trusted antivirus app to run a scan.

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