Millions of Android users have been advised to delete four apps now – or risk draining your bank

Pay attention if you’ve recently downloaded a Bluetooth tool as it may be one of four apps riddled with viruses.

Experts say that the dangerous group had more than a million downloads on Android.

One of the apps is said to contain malware


One of the apps is said to contain malwarePhoto credit: Malwarebytes

You’ve managed to get past detection systems and into the Google Play Store.

The cruel foursome was allegedly found hiding malware known as HiddenAds.

Sly cybercriminals first employ some sort of delaying tactic to give you a false sense of security.

So you won’t notice anything right away, making you less inclined to suspect and delete the app.

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But after a few days, it’s down to the dirty work of opening phishing sites in Chrome.

While some of the websites are just a nuisance to generate ad dollars, others try to trick unsuspecting users.

According to Malwarebytes, which uncovered the trick, one of them contains adult content that leads to phishing pages and tells the user that they have been infected or need to update.

And what is even more worrying is that the tabs are secretly opened in the background even when your device is locked.

“When the user unlocks their device, Chrome will open with the latest website,” Malwarebytes warns.

“Often a new tab opens with a new website and therefore unlocking your phone after several hours means closing several tabs.

“The user’s browsing history will also be a long list of nasty phishing sites.”

Which apps are affected?

Four Bluetooth-related apps were found to contain the HiddenAds malware.

Your name is:

  • Automatic Bluetooth connection
  • Bluetooth app transmitter
  • Drivers: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB
  • Mobile Transmission: Smart Switch
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If you have any installed, it is best to delete them immediately.

It is also advisable to run any antivirus scanning software you have installed.

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