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24 plus 21 and now 17 more Android Apps you need to remove urgently

There is a list of Apps that need to be removed if you have them on your Android phone. The Apps contain what is being called “the Joker”:

Advocate Wallpaper
Age Face
Altar Message
Antivirus Security - Security Scan
Beach Camera
Board picture editing
Certain Wallpaper
Climate SMS
Collate Face Scanner
Cute Camera
Dazzle Wallpaper
Declare Message
Display Camera
Great VPN
Humour Camera
Ignite Clean
Leaf Face Scanner
Mini Camera
Print Plant scan
Rapid Face Scanner
Reward Clean
Ruddy SMS
Soby Camera
Spark Wallpaper

They have been removed from the Google Play Store already but if you have installed them you will need to remove them.

The background process of these Apps silently signs the user up to premium services and then captures the SMS authorisation code and installs it without your knowledge. It also will spy on your data.

There may be more of the Apps that need to be removed as the Google Store Apps are vetted. To read more about the problem see:


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Another 42 apps were identified that Google needed to remove from their App Store, while not the Joker problem this still uses background adware to use your smartphone/tablet to profit others. There are 21 that people may still have on their phones that should be removed if they have them. Over 8 million downloads of these Apps have occurred. They are:

  • Basketball Perfect Shot
  • DU Recorder
  • File Downloader
  • Flat Music Player
  • Free Social Video Downloader
  • Free Top Video Downloader
  • Free Video Downloader
  • Freed Radio FM Online
  • Heroes Jump
  • HikeTop+
  • Mini lite for Facebook
  • MP4 video downloader
  • Ringtone Maker
  • Ringtone Maker Pro
  • SaveInsta
  • Smart Gallery
  • Smart Notes for You
  • Solucionario
  • Tank classic
  • Video downloader
  • Water Drink Reminder

For a news article on the problem see:

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I tried to post that link on facebook… but it wont post. Cannot imagine why fb would censor a link like that…

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I doubt fb could tell us either - probably just one of those random fb bugs, theres plenty of them. I could post it fine …

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I was eventually able to post it as a comment

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17 more Riskware apps have been found. They bypassed Google Store Apps checks by stealthily concealing their habits. The article that first altered me is at https://www.infopackets.com/news/10702/android-users-17-rogue-apps-delete. Bitdefenders post about it is at https://labs.bitdefender.com/2020/01/seventeen-android-nasties-spotted-in-google-play-total-over-550k-downloads/

The list of apps you want to delete if you don’t want to visit the pages are as follows:

4K Wallpaper (Background 4K Full HD)
Backgrounds 4K HD
Barcode Scanner
Car Racing 2019
Clock LED
Explorer File Manager
File Manager Pro - Manager SD Card/Explorer
Mobnet.io: Big Fish Frenzy
Period Tracker - Cycle Ovulation Women's
QR & Barcode Scan Reader
QR Code - Scan & Read a Barcode
QR Code Reader & Barcode Scanner Pro
Screen Stream Mirroring
Today Weather Radar
Transfer Data Smart
VMOWO City: Speed Racing 3D
Wallpapers 4K, Backgrounds HD
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This is worse than trying to keep up with changes to the road rules!

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I just checked the file manager on my Samsung phone, and it’s the Asus file manager that came with a previous phone.

As long as it works and is secure :slight_smile: . (I did discover in the options menu that I had failed to un-check the ‘send my data so we can improve the app’ - now fixed.)

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