With smartphones fast becoming one of life’s essentials, we are becoming more and more attached to our Samsung, Google or Huawei devices.
Not only do they help us communicate with our friends and family, but we can listen to music, watch our favourite shows and play games on them.
But tech experts have brought out a report warning Android phone users about some of the apps that may have been installed, reports The Mirror.
Researchers from Avast, the online security experts, have warned about 47 “malicious” apps that are disguised as games on the Google Play Store.
The apps, dubbed “HiddenAds”, appear as innocent games, say the experts, but actually include adware technology. These can bombard your smartphone with those annoying, instrusive ads.
The apps have already been downloaded more than 15 million times, and 17 of them are still available on the Google Play Store.
Jakub Vavra, threat analyst at Avast, said: “Campaigns like HiddenAds may slip into the Play Store through obfuscating their true purpose or slowly introducing malicious features once already downloaded by users.
“It’s difficult to prevent adware campaigns since actors use one-off developer accounts for each app.
“While Google has been a great partner to remove malicious apps, users need to remain vigilant as they download new apps on their devices and check for telltale signs of a bad app such as negative reviews, extensive device permission requests and more.”
Their analysis showed the apps can hide their icon on your smartphone, making it tricky to find and delete.
And seven of the apps could open the phone’s browser to display additional apps. This means the ads continue to be served, even once you’ve deleted the app from your device.
Based on the findings, they are advising anyone with the apps installed to delete them immediately.
The apps you should delete
Draw Color by Number
Skate Board – New
Find Hidden Differences
Spot Hidden Differences
Dancing Run – Color Ball Run
Find 5 Differences
Throw into Space
Divide it – Cut & Slice Game
Tony Shoot – NEW
Save Your Boy
Assassin Hunter 2020
Fly Skater 2020