The latest malware threat “Joker virus” is spreading rapidly on the Android platform due to which Google has removed 24 infected apps from the play store.

Several times we noticed that Android Platform is attacked by malware and this time the newest one that creating serious issues is the “Joker” virus. This new malware relied on ads for signing up people for premium subscriptions and secretly capture victim data in the background.

It is coming out as dangerous malware for Android phones and as expected it has been downloaded by thousands of Android users on their phones.  Therefore to reduce its expansion, Google has removed 24 affected apps from Play Store.

In the recent analysis, Google team found that the Joker malware is affected its 24 applications which are available in the Play Store for download. So as per corrective step, it decides to remove those apps from the Play Store. Although the Joker virus is downloaded by a lot of Android users, that means despite removing apps from the store, the malware is still spreading out in the world.

As per experts, this new virus is harmful to the data privacy of Android users. This virus unknowingly signs people up to premium subscription service and steal victims device data like SMS, contacts, serial number and IMEI number.

Apps affected by Joker Virus

The apps deleted by Google from Play Store are

1.      Advocate Wallpaper

2.      Age Face

3.      Altar Message

4.      Antivirus Security- Security Scan

5.     Beach Camera

6.     Board picture editing

7.     Certain Wallpaper

8.     Climate SMS

9. Collate Face Scanner

10.  Cute Camera

11.  Dazzle Wallpaper

12.  Declare Message

13.  Display Camera

14.  Great VPN

15.  Humour Camera

16.  Ignite Clean

17.  Leaf Face Scanner

18.  Mini Camera

19.  Print Plant Scan

20.  Rapid Face Scanner

21.  Reward Clean

22.  Ruddy SMS

23.  Soby Camera

24.  Spark Wallpaper

If you have Android phones than remove or un-install the following apps and after removing it, just perform a full factory reset on your Android phone to eliminate any remaining malicious content on your phone.

Countries affected by Joker Malware attack

Along with India, Joker virus has largely affected 37 other countries that include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Argentina, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Last Update: September 12, 2019