The Joker virus is a big threat to Android users and Google has found 24 apps affected by Malware. The apps have been removed from the Play store and you must delete them.

Highlights
1. The existence of the Joker malware appeared in 37 countries, India being one of the affected countries.
2. The malware was able to sign people secretly to premium membership services.
3. It can steal SMS messages, contacts and collect device information such as serial and IMEI numbers.

The Android platform will constantly face threats from malware and the latest Joker virus to do so. Like its name, the Joker malware relied on advertisements to sign up people for premium subscriptions and steal data in the background. The malware is dangerous for Android users and as expected has been hulled, it has been widely downloaded on most Android phones. In a correction action, Google has now removed all affected apps from the Play store.

Google found out about the Joker malware presence in 24 apps available to download on the Play store and as a corrective measure, it has removed these apps for the Play store. However, unlike some other malware attacks, the Joker-infected apps have been downloaded almost half a million times and this means that even though Google has removed these stores from the play store, the threat is still continuing in the real world.

The Joker malware is very dangerous for data privacy for Android users and it causes a lot of harm. The malware was able to secretly sign up to premium membership services, steal SMS messages, contacts and collect device information such as serial and IMEI numbers.

If you use an Android phone and are concerned with affected apps, the list of infected apps has been released.

–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

So, if you find someone in these apps on the Play store, you should uninstall it right away from your phone. And not only remove it from your phone, but you also need to make a complete factory reset on your device to get rid of other malicious content that is left on your device.

Note the presence of Joker malware in 37 countries, India is one of the most affected countries. Other countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Argentina, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.