If you are an Android user, you should delete these apps immediately

Android apps struggle with malware and adware.

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The Google Play Store hides numerous apps from unknown providers that contain dangerous viruses. Here we present a list of 15 frequently downloaded apps that you should uninstall and delete immediately as they could be dangerous for you.

According to the business magazine Forbes, it is precisely apps that are supposed to improve the security of your smartphone that harm you. They demand “dangerous” permissions from you and sell your personal information. They could also load malware onto the devices of the current 73.5 million users.

These security apps are affected and should be removed immediately:

  • Security manager
  • Virus Cleaner ’20
  • Great (phone) cleaner
  • Clean Master

Google removed over 1,000 apps from its Play Store this year because they either contained malware, adware, or recorded conversations and locations without users’ permission, Gadgets Now reports. They list 29 apps that saved their users’ photos. The apps are no longer available in the Play Store, but many users still have them on their devices.

These apps are among others affected:

  • Magic Filter Photo Editor
  • Selfie Camera Pro
  • Prizma Photo Effect
  • Photo editor
  • Art Filter (Photo) App

Approximately 1.3 million users also have any of the following apps installed with adware. Some of these apps pretend to be Google services and appear trustworthy, as the newspaper “Mirror” writes.

  • Smart Gallery
  • Water Drink Reminder
  • DU Recorder (screen recorder)
  • Ringtone Maker
  • Hiketop +
  • MP4 video downloader
  • Tank Classic

If you have installed apps from this list, you should uninstall them immediately. You can find out how to do this here.

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This article was published by in May 2020. It has now been reviewed and updated.


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