EXPERTS have warned millions of Android smartphone users about a series of apps riddled with viruses.
Worryingly, according to Dr. Web almost 10 million devices are said to have installed shady apps from the Google Play Store.
The list of seemingly innocent apps includes everything from photo editing tools to wallpaper changers.
There are even some virtual keyboards and system optimization apps in the mix.
Once installed, they can flood your device with annoying ads and wreak all sorts of havoc.
“They can show full-screen ads and block other apps’ windows, show various notifications, create shortcuts, and load websites,” the researchers warn.
Some go even further and subscribe victims to paid mobile services without them even knowing it.
Meanwhile, others may ask you to log in to your Facebook account.
But if you keep going, hackers can access your profile.
The vast majority has been pulled from the Google Play Store since the report was published.
But that doesn’t protect anyone who already has them installed.
The apps in question have fairly generic names like Photo Editor: Beauty Filter and Cashe Cleaner.
dr Web has published a full list on its website.
If you think you’ve downloaded any of the apps, your best bet is to delete them immediately, install trusted antivirus software, and change the passwords of any accounts you think may have been compromised.
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