The Joker “virus” is back to haunt Google. It’s malicious code lurking in Android apps. It has been found in 14 apps according to Kaspersky Android malware analyst Tatyana Shishkova. In a series of Tweets, Shishkova named Android apps infected with the virus dangerous. For those who don’t know, Joker is one of the most persistent malware that keeps coming back to the Google Play Store. Data stealing malware ends up in Google’s official app store by modifying its code, execution method, or payload recovery techniques. It is said to steal user data including SMS, contact list, device information, OTPs and more. Joker malware was first discovered in 2017, in 2019 Google published a blog post about its long battle with Joker malware. However, although the threat of Joker malware has decreased since 2019, it continues to appear in Android apps every few months. Here are the new apps found with the malware that Android users should remove from their phones immediately.
It is a free VPN app. Removed from Google Play Store, APK files are available.
Volume-increasing hearing aid
As the name suggests, the app can operate your smartphone as a hearing aid.
Animated bubble effects on battery charging
This one shows cool animation effects while charging your battery.
Flashlight Flash Alert on call
It is one of those flash light alert apps that show alert during calls and texting.
Easy PDF scanner
This is a PDF scanner.
Smart TV remote control
Smart TV Remote is a universal TV remote control app on Google Play.
Halloween Coloring Pages
The app is a Halloween coloring game.
Classic Emoji Keyboard
The app claims to offer over 3000 emojis.
Volume amplifier Lighter sound equalizer
This is a volume amplifier equalizer app for Android. It claims to improve the quality of your Android phones.
This is a special effects app. Get fire, lighting, energy, and laser effects.
Battery Charging Live Wallpaper
This will tell you when your battery is fully charged, the goal is for you to be able to unplug your phone / tablet.
The app is for those looking for a custom keyboard.
Another keyboard app, it has gesture inputs, cloud prediction, and voice input.
Now QRCode Scan
This app claims to turn the mobile phone into a professional multi-functional barcode reader.