Experts discovered 13 apps available on the Play Store that contained dangerous malware for Android devices.

Android users have been warned to check their devices for dangerous apps containing the “Xamalicious” malware, which is spread across multiple applications in Google’s official Play Store. Google removed them even before McAfee publicly revealed their names.

The very dangerous apps for smartphones

Most of the apps infected by Xamalicious are found in the following categories: gaming, health, horoscope, and productivity. Although Google has removed the infected apps from the Play Store, McAfee says most of them are still available on third-party Android app stores. Below, we find out in detail which applications should never be installed.

New serious warning for Google Android: delete these 13 dangerous apps immediately

A recent discovery by McAfee researchers revealed a new backdoor malware for Android called "Xamalicious", which infects approximately 338,300 devices via malicious apps. The malware was found in 13 affected apps, three of which had accumulated 100,000 installs each before being removed from the Play Store.

These apps must be deleted

While they won’t be visible in the Play Store, those who have accidentally installed them on their phones should delete them immediately. Users who have installed them since mid-2020 may still have the effects of Xamalicious active on their devices. Therefore, it is recommended to wipe your devices manually. Some of the widely installed Android apps affected by Xamalicious are as follows:

Essential Horoscope for Android (100,000 installs)3D Skin Editor for Minecraft PE (100,000 installs)Logo Maker Pro (100,000 installs)Auto Click Repeater (10,000 installs)Count Easy Calorie Calculator (10,000 installs)Dots: One Line Connector (10,000 installs) Audio volume extender (5,000 installs)

In addition to apps on Google Play, a separate group of 12 malicious apps containing the Xamalicious threat are circulating on unauthorized third-party app stores, affecting users via APK file downloads, ANI reported. Dangerous apps infected with malware use "social engineering" to gain accessibility privileges by allowing the user’s Android device to communicate with a command-and-control server, all without the owner’s knowledge.

At that point, a second payload will be downloaded to the phone that will "take full control of the device and potentially perform fraudulent actions such as clicking on ads, installing apps, and other actions without the user’s consent."

Android users are strongly advised to check their devices for any signs of Xamalicious infections, even if they have uninstalled the implicated apps. It is recommended to use good antivirus software for manual cleaning and regular scanning of your device is recommended to ensure protection from such malware threats