Android users need to delete these Google Play Store apps right now

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Shafaqna Pakistan: ANDROID users have been warned to delete 15 Google Play Store apps that have been found to contain harmful adware. Here are all the apps you need to remove from your phone right now.

It’s not been a great week for Android users. First, they’re told their WhatsApp messages could be read behind their back without them knowing, thanks to a worrying new hack. And now, British security firm Sophos has issued a new report claiming 15 apps – which have amassed over 1.3 million downloads between them on the Play Store – are not only filled with deceitful adware, but can also hide themselves on your smartphone or tablet. So, you could forget you’d even installed the malware-laced software.

As if that wasn’t frightening enough, some of the scam apps disguise themselves as harmless system apps in a bid to fool even the most astute Android enthusiast.

Thankfully, Sophos has named and shamed the apps, so you’ll be able to check your Play Store downloads to find out whether any of these dangerous apps have ever been installed on any of your Android devices. We’ve got the full list below, as well as some tips to stay safe.

Flash On Calls & Messages

• Read QR Code

• Imagine Magic

• Generate Elves

• Savexpense

• QR Artifact

• Find Your Phone : Whistle

• Scavenger – – – speed guard

• Auto Cut Out Pro

• Background Cut Out

• Photo Background

• ImageProcessing

• Background Cut Out New

• Auto Cut Out

• Auto Cut Out 2019

Flash On Calls & Messages’ devious tactics were described by Sophos in detail. According to the researcher, the app shows a fake error message when launched which says it’s incompatible with the device in question.

Then, the app takes users to the Google Maps app within the Play Store in an attempt to trick them into thinking it’s the source of the problem.

While that’s taking place, Flash On Calls & Messages will hide its own app picture from the user’s app drawer – making it much harder to find and uninstall.

Other apps mentioned above were noted to change their app icon picture to make them appear to be harmless and essential apps. Some of the names used were said to be “Google Play Store”, “Update”, “Back Up” and “Time Zone Service”.

Although each app’s disguise methods can make them harder to find, Sophos has offered advice to users wanting to uninstall them immediately.