Joker Malware is Back! Uninstall These Apps Immediately

From Fakezap
By D Geetha Madhuri July 11, 2020

A new variant of Joker malware hijacked 11 apps that were removed from the Play Store by Google. If you still have one of these installed, you must consider uninstalling them right away! Here is a list:

·      com.imagecompress.android

·      com.contact.withme.texts

·      com.hmvoice.friendsms

·      com.relax.relaxation.androidsms

·      com.cheery.message.sendsms (two different instances)

·      com.peason.lovinglovemessage

·      com.file.recovefiles

·      com.LPlocker.lockapps

·      com.remindme.alram

·      com.training.memorygame


Although legitimate, these apps had the vulnerability to sneak some files into the user’s device through malware downloads. Upon being downloaded, the Joker malware subscribed users to premium services thereby charging their registered credit and debit cards.

Researchers from Check Point spotted these 11 apps that carried suspicious packages and Google acted swiftly by removing these from the Play Store. However, the users who already have any of these apps on their devices should uninstall them manually to protect themselves from their money being stolen.

It is also advised that users who have these apps on any of their devices check their credit card bills and if you see any suspicious transactions, you must report them to your credit card company immediately.

Google reported in the early months of 2020 that it has detected variations of Joker virus in over 1700 apps and removed them from the Play Store. Joker malware is not a new virus but has been there since 2017 and Google works relentlessly in identifying this tricky malware and removes the apps from the app store if they fail its safety criteria.

While Google could identify the apps and remove them, it is important to remember that these kinds of malware are notoriously known to evolve and make a comeback at any time. So, we at Fakezap strongly recommend that you make it a practice to check your credit card statements often and report any fraudulent transactions immediately

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