Warning for BILLIONS of Android users – full list of 50 ‘Joker’ apps to avoid on Google Play Store

ANDROID users are being warned about several apps from the Google Play Store that could infect their device with malicious software.

Google is said to have taken steps to remove the apps but if you’ve already downloaded any your phone could be at risk.


Joker malware can cost you moneyCredit: Getty

According to researchers at Zscaler ThreatLabz, some of the bad apps use malicious ‘Joker’ software.

They explained: “Recently, the Zscaler ThreatLabz team discovered apps involving multiple instances of the Joker, Facestealer, and Coper malware families spreading in the virtual marketplace.

“The ThreatLabz team immediately notified the Google Android Security team of these newly identified threats, and they promptly removed the malicious apps from the Google Play Store.”

A full list of the Joker apps in question can be found below.

53 malicious Android apps

Android users have been told to delete the following apps…

  1. Simple Note Scanner – com.wuwan.pdfscan
  2. Universal PDF Scanner – com.unpdf.scan.read.docscanuniver
  3. Private Messenger – com.recollect.linkus
  4. Premium SMS – com.premium.put.trustsms
  5. Smart Messages – com.toukyoursms.timemessages
  6. Text Emoji SMS – messenger.itext.emoji.mesenger
  7. Blood Pressure Checker – com.bloodpressurechecker.tangjiang
  8. Funny Keyboard – com.soundly.galaxykeyboard
  9. Memory Silent Camera – com.silentmenory.timcamera
  10. Custom Themed Keyboard – com.custom.keyboardthemes.galaxiy
  11. Light Messages – com.lilysmspro.lighting
  12. Themes Photo Keyboard – com.themes.bgphotokeyboard
  13. Send SMS – exazth.message.send.text.sms
  14. Themes Chat Messenger – com.relish.messengers
  15. Instant Messenger – com.sbdlsms.crazymessager.mmsrec
  16. Cool Keyboard – com.colate.gthemekeyboard
  17. Fonts Emoji Keyboard – com.zemoji.fontskeyboard
  18. Mini PDF Scanner – com.mnscan.minipdf
  19. Smart SMS Messages – com.sms.mms.message.ffei.free
  20. Creative Emoji Keyboard – com.whiteemojis.creativekeyboard.ledsloard
  21. Fancy SMS – con.sms.fancy
  22. Fonts Emoji Keyboard – com.symbol.fonts.emojikeyboards
  23. Personal Message – com.crown.personalmessage
  24. Funny Emoji Message – com.funie.messagremo
  25. Magic Photo Editor – com.amagiczy.photo.editor
  26. Professional Messages – com.adore.attached.message
  27. All Photo Translator – myphotocom.allfasttranslate.transationtranslator
  28. Chat SMS – com.maskteslary.messages
  29. Smile Emoji – com.balapp.smilewall.emoji
  30. Wow Translator – com.imgtop.camtranslator
  31. All Language Translate – com.exclusivez.alltranslate
  32. Cool Messages – com.learningz.app.cool.messages
  33. Blood Pressure Diary – bloodhold.nypressure.mainheart.ratemy.mo.depulse.app.tracker.diary
  34. Chat Text SMS – com.echatsms.messageos
  35. Hi Text SMS – ismos.mmsyes.message.texthitext.bobpsms
  36. Emoji Theme Keyboard – com.gobacktheme.lovelyemojikeyboard
  37. iMessager – start.me.messager
  38. Text SMS – com.ptx.textsms
  39. Camera Translator – com.haixgoback.outsidetext.languagecameratransla
  40. Come Messages – com.itextsms.messagecoming
  41. Painting Photo Editor – com.painting.pointeditor.photo
  42. Rich Theme Message – com.getmanytimes.richsmsthememessenge
  43. Quick Talk Message – mesages.qtsms.messenger
  44. Advanced SMS – com.fromamsms.atadvancedmmsopp
  45. Professional Messenger – com.akl.smspro.messenger
  46. Classic Game Messenger – com.classcolor.formessenger.sic
  47. Style Message – com.istyle.messagesty
  48. Private Game Messages – com.message.game.india
  49. Timestamp Camera – allready.taken.photobeauty.camera.timestamp
  50. Social Message – com.colorsocial.message

Although Google is said to have removed them, the security researchers think the apps have been downloaded over 300,000 times.

They fall into the categories of communication, health, personalization, photography and tools.

If you’re partial to downloading apps like this on your Android device you may want to check your phone.

Joker malware can steal one-time login codes from your messages or subscribe you to costly services without your consent.

You may not notice you’re losing money until you spot the transactions in your bank account.

The security experts added: “Most commonly, threat actors disguise the Joker malware in messaging applications that require users to grant escalated access permissions by allowing them to serve as the default SMS app on the user’s phone.

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“The malware uses these advanced permissions to carry out its operations.”

To avoid apps like this you should always read the reviews on app stores, research the app and make sure you’re downloading from an official source.

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