Over a dozen apps have been removed from the Google Play store after a security researcher discovered that the apps were harmful.
ESTAT’s Lukas Stefanko posted about the 13 apps on his Twitter account on Nov. 19, telling followers that the apps – most of which are simulation games – contain malware. Approximately 560,000 people are thought to have downloaded the apps.
The apps included graphics that indicated simulations for driving a luxury car and a fire truck. All the apps were made by the same developer, Luiz O. Pinto.
While the apps were disguised as games, they did not work when users tried to load them in order to play on phones and tablets. Instead, the apps would repeatedly crash but were still able to install malware, NDTV reports.
If you have downloaded one of the apps containing malware, Digital Trends recommends rebooting your phone in safe or airplane mode before visiting the app settings menu to uninstall the app. After that, users should install malware protection and check to see that any other apps aren’t known to be utilizing malware.
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