Delete these 24 Apps from your Android Phone immediately

February 2020 Report

Update 27th Feb: Check Point Research has published a new report, and you’re advised to delete these 12 apps if you have them.

There’s a new batch of apps you should delete from your Android Phone if by some chance you installed them. I’m sure by now you’ve seen so many different ‘Delete these’ titles and you’re probably wondering what’s going on.

Well, Android is a big platform, and like we learnt with CamScanner, it is very easy for even credible apps to end up being malware. So these titles may actually help you get rid of certain apps that could be spreading malware.

A Chinese company, Shenzhen Hawk, is accused of launching a myriad of apps on the Play Store that have racked up over 380 million downloads. These 24 mischievous apps contain malware and rogueware, and participate in other unethical practices including accessing your camera, locations, and much more. They were published on the Store using different app developer accounts.

According to VPNPro, who published the report, Google has since removed all the apps from the Play Store, but that doesn’t mean you’re safe, you may still have them installed.

So if either of these popularly downloaded apps are somehow on your device, delete them now:

AppsDownloads
Sound Recorder100 Million
Super Cleaner100 Million
Virus Cleaner 2019100 Million
File Manager50 Million
Joy Launcher10 Million
Turbo Browser10 Million
Weather forecast10 Million
Candy Selfie Camera 10 Million
Hi VPN, Free VPN10 Million
Candy Gallery10 Million
Calendar Lite5 Million
Super Battery5 Million
Hi Security 20195 Million
Net Master5 Million
Puzzle Box1 Million
Private Browser500,000
Hi VPN Pro500,000
World Zoo100,000
Word Crossy!100,000
Soccer Pinball10,000
Dig it10,000
Laser Break10,000
Music Roam1,000
Word Crush50

Go to Settings > Apps > All Apps > Check and Delete affected ones.

As you can see these are pretty popular apps given the massive number of downloads. If you’re not sure if you’re affected, check if apps on your phone are from any of these developers, and delete them.

  • Tap Sky
  • mie-alcatel.support
  • ViewYeah Studio
  • Hawk App
  • Hi Security
  • Alcatel Innovation Lab
  • Shenzen Hawk

How to avoid bad apps on Android:

  • Don’t just download an app because it’s suggested either through an ad or by a friend.
  • Don’t download apks from the internet unless you’re sure you know what you’re doing.
  • Try and always check app reviews before getting an unknown app.
  • Don’t go getting everything from different stores in the name of experimenting, unless you’re pretty confident you know what you’re doing.
  • Don’t just allow permissions when requested by an app – make sure the app actually needs permission being requested.
  • Upgrade to Android 10 if your phone has the update so as to allow Location permission only while app is in use.
  • If an app on your device is acting suspiciously – like sending unnecessary ads, or notifications, or other things, delete it unless you trust the developer.

Share this information with anyone you suspect may have fallen victim and installed any of the apps listed above.

2 COMMENTS

  1. By File manager, you mean which ones specifically. Since nowadays, most stock Android phones come with non-user-friendly ones I often have to download. One specific one

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