Google has withdrawn a total of 19 apps from the Play Store that were programmed to trick users.

Over time it has been revealed that hundreds (or thousands) of apps on the Google Play Store have been removed for being malicious, a problem that the Mountain View company does not seem to be able to eradicate. Even a study already pointed out that at least 7% of apps on the Play Store have back doors. Now, a new malware alert has been released, and these are the 19 apps you have to delete right now to avoid disappointment.

Android malware situation is not new, but it seems increasingly difficult to avoid this type of danger from Google Play. This time Google has withdrawn 19 applications from its store of apps being convicted of rampant and fraudulent ad insertion behavior, even after being warned about their actions. A White Ops report has released the names of these 19 applications that you should delete right now from your phone, something that you will have to do manually, since they are malware.

Google Play Store on an Android smartphone.

Applications that, as indicated in said report, have more than 3.5 million downloads among them all. However, the worst of this situation is that these apps are programmed to trick users Making them believe that they don’t work or can’t be installed correctly on their smartphone, removing their own startup icons shortly after downloading them to make the uninstallation process absurdly difficult.

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Google withdraws 19 apps from the Play Store for malware

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On the other hand, the objective of these applications is also bombard users with lots of ads, in addition to diverting web traffic to, say, shady portals. Of course, the report does not make any mention that this malware attacks the integrity of users’ personal information or financial data, but it does not mean that all these apps should be deleted:

Auto Picture Cut
Color Call Flash
Square Photo Blur
Square Blur Photo
Magic Call Flash
Easy Blur
Image blur
Auto Photo Blur
Photo blur
Photo Blur Master
Super call screen
Square Blur Master
Square Blur
Smart Blur Photo
Smart Photo Blur
Super call flash
Smart Call Flash
Blur Photo Editor
Blur Image

A list that reflects that the vast majority of these applications are found disguised as photo editors, but they are actually malware. Therefore, check if you have any of these apps installed on your mobile device and, if you do, run to delete them to keep your smartphone free and safe.

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