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If You Have Any of These Android Apps Installed, Uninstall Right Now!

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We are tired of reporting on Android malware and just like us, we know you’re tired of reading on Android malware but as it goes, these things happen and we now have to do damage control.

According to a report by Trend Micro, a total of 85 android apps which had been downloaded over 8 million times featured hi-tech adware injection that employed several techniques to avoid detection.

The apps, which spanned across photography apps and mobile games, did perform the tasks that they were downloaded for, however, they served users with annoying ads at the same time making it difficult to uninstall them.

These apps, once installed, would wait for 30 minutes to elapse before their unscrupulous ways would kick in. After the elapsed time, the app would hide its icon from the app drawer and then create a shortcut on the home screen (as a measure to prevent the users from easily uninstalling the app).

After all the conditions are met, including checking if the device is unlocked, the app would then push full screen ads to the user at intervals of 5 minutes with no way of exiting the ad until it’s complete. To ensure there ads are not repeated a lot, these apps included code that would check how many times an ad has been shown and once the threshold is reached, it would load a new ad.

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The 85 apps have already been kicked out of the Google Play Store, so if you happen to have any of them installed on your phone, you should probably uninstall them right away. Here’s a list of all the affected apps:

  • 361 Camera
  • Background Changer
  • Background Eraser
  • Beautiful House
  • Beauty Camera
  • Blur Camera
  • Blur Master
  • Blur Photo Editor
  • Charm Camera
  • Checkers box
  • Cherry Camera
  • Color House
  • Connect Smash
  • Connect Together
  • Cos Camera
  • Date Stamp Camera
  • Draw 1 Line
  • Easy Camera
  • Easy Camera Pro
  • Face Camera
  • Fancy Camera
  • Fashion Camera
  • Fast Blur
  • Find Differences
  • HD Video Player
  • Hi Music Play
  • Jelly Crush
  • Magic Camera
  • Meet Camera
  • Mirth Cam
  • One Line Stroke
  • One Stroke Drawing
  • One Stroke Line Puzzle
  • One Touch Draw
  • one-line draw puzzle stroke
  • Owl Camera
  • Panda Camera
  • Perfect Camera
  • Photo Background Eraser
  • PIC Eraser
  • Pixel Blur
  • Pop Camera
  • QR Code Scanner
  • Quick Blur
  • Seals Camera
  • Selfie Artifact
  • Selfie Camera
  • Selfie Dog
  • Smart File Manager
  • Stylish Camera
  • Super Camera
  • super Selfie
  • Super Selfiecam
  • Sweet Camera
  • Sweet Selfie
  • Toy Blast
  • Toy Smash
  • Toy Story
  • Video Cut
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