Researchers from cybersecurity firm, Check Point, have recently discovered a new malware called “Agent Smith” which is believed to have infected around 25 million mobile devices, mainly in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Several popular apps on the Play Store were apparently infected with the malware, but Google allegedly removed them all before they could do any further damage.
You Must Remove These 16 Apps From Your Android Phone Right Now
The following applications have reportedly been infected with “Agent Smith” . Therefore, if you have one on your device, you should uninstall them ASAP:
- Ludo Master- New Ludo Game 2019 For Free
- Blockman Go: Free Realms & Mini Games
- Crazy Juicer – Hot Knife Hit Game & Juice Blast
- Sky Warriors: General Attack
- Bio Blast – Infinity Battle Shoot virus
- Shooting Jet
- Photo Projector
- Gun Hero – Gunman Game for Free
- Cooking witch
- Color Phone Flash – Call Screen Theme
- Clash of Virus
- Angry Virus
- Rabbit Temple
- Star Range
- Kiss Game: Touch Her Heart
- Girl Cloth Xray Scan Simulator
As you can see from the names, the list includes a variety of apps and games, most of which were bad clones of popular games like Temple Run, Fruit Ninja, Bubble Witch, etc. Fortunately, Google has removed all malicious apps reported by Check Point, and no known apps infused with Agent Smith are no longer available for download from the Play Store.
If you don’t know, Agent Smith disguises himself as a Google-related app and “Automatically replaces genuine apps on the device with malicious versions without user interaction” . Apparently, the malware only uses its wide access to device resources to display fraudulent advertisements, but researchers say it could easily be used for malicious purposes. “ ends much more intrusive and harmful, such as theft of bank receipts ” .