Google Removes 13 Applications with Malware in Google Play, Checks to See If It Affects Your Android

Google has long been fighting against malware. In all these years has made great strides to make its applications store a safer place. They have changed a lot here things to how they were five years ago but there are still cases that show us that the security at the time of revising the code of apps can be improved and displays a button: those of Mountain View has been loaded 13 applications from its store of applications in the last hours.

According to Lookout Security, one of the most popular security tools for Android, Google has deleted 13 apps containing different types of malware. Many of them are very little known but we recommend that you take a look the list if you see any that are still in your memory. If you remember to have it installed but removed later, we recommend that you keep reading to find out how to remove all traces.

Solution: restore with the original ROM

There are three well known malware types inside the Android world: Shedun, Shuanet, and Shiftybug. These three systems are camouflaged in some applications with different objectives, all depends on what is looking for the person who has placed this piece of software within a game or another app. Normal is usually without our permission to install other apps to artificially raise the downloads and increase its popularity in Google Play.

Most of them not going to steal passwords or personal data but rather to automate certain malicious processes that we do not see with the naked eye: the above downloads in the background, automatically write positive comments on social networks… The added problem of these apps is that it can automatically root our Android and then hide in the tracking folder if it occurs to us to delete it to notice something strange.

Then we leave the complete list with all the involved applications:

  • Cake Blast
  • Jump Planet
  • Honey Comb
  • Crazy Block
  • Crazy Jelly
  • Tiny Puzzle
  • Ninja Hook
  • Piggy Jump
  • Just Fire
  • Eat Bubble
  • Hit Planet
  • Cake Tower
  • Drag Box

As you can see by the title, it is clear that its creators sought to play the deception and take advantage of the pull of popular games, through very generic and almost-SEO-oriented names, mislead less experienced technology users. Hopefully not you’ve had them installed in your devices.

If by some chance you have one of these applications installed my advice is to do a backup of all important data (photos, contacts, various files…) and You restaurĂ©is the mobile (or tablet) with the official manufacturer of your Android ROM. In other words, nothing homemade ROMs, you can do that then. It sounds like a very extreme measure, but it is the only way to make sure that there is no malware trace anywhere.

As we have explained above, some of these applications are able to do root on your own and therefore installed in the depths of our device. For this reason, the only way to make sure that it is clean is thus.