Urgent warning for 10MILLION Android phone users – check your Google and Samsung now


EXPERTS have warned millions of Android smartphone users about a batch of apps found to be riddled with viruses.

Worryingly, almost 10million devices are thought to have installed the dodgy apps that were on the Google Play Store, according to Dr Web.


One of the apps has been downloaded more than 500,000 timesCredit: Dr Web

The list of seemingly innocent apps includes everything from image editing tools to wallpaper changers.

There are even some virtual keyboards and system optimiser apps in the mix.

Once installed, they can flood your device with annoying ads and cause all sorts of havoc.

“They can display full-screen ads and block other apps’ windows, show various notifications, create shortcuts, and load websites,” researchers warned.

Some can go even further, subscribing victims to paid mobile services without them even knowing it.

Meanwhile, others may ask you to log into your Facebook account.

But going ahead enables hackers to access your profile.

The vast majority have been pulled from the Google Play Store since the report was published.

But that doesn’t protect anyone who’s already installed them.

The apps in question have quite general names, such as Photo Editor: Beauty Filter and Cashe Cleaner.

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Dr Web has published a full list on its website.

If you think you’ve downloaded one of the apps, it’s best to delete it immediately, install a trusted antivirus software and change passwords to any accounts you think may have been compromised.

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