Beware! 35 Android Apps with Dangerous Malware Found by Bitdefender, Uninstall Them Immediately from Phone

These 35 applications, with a combined download number of over 2M, pose threat to your device!


While the Google Play Store has safeguards in place to screen out dangerous apps, some do manage to get through unnoticed. Bitdefender, an IT security researcher, discovered 35 malicious applications on Google Play that might infect a user’s phone. These applications pose as settings apps and have over 2 million installations. Once installed, these applications begin to display advertisements on users’ phones. Upon installation, the software alters its name and icon to stay hidden on the smartphone. If you have any of these below-listed applications installed on your smartphone, you need to remove them right now.

To illustrate, the ‘GPS Location Maps’ app, which has over 100k downloads, has no ratings, and upon installation, the programme changes its name from ‘GPS Location Maps’ to ‘Settings,’ and then displays several websites in WebViews and advertisements.

List of Apps You Need to Remove From Your Phone Right Now

According to BitDefender, while users can opt to remove the programme if they don’t like it, these applications not only deceive victims into installing them but also modify their names and icons and even go out of their way to hide their presence on the device. Here’s a list of applications identified harmful:

  1. Walls light – Wallpapers Pack
  2. Big Emoji – Keyboard
  3. Grad Wallpapers – 3D Backdrops
  4. Engine Wallpapers – Live & 3D
  5. Stock Wallpapers – 4K & HD
  6. EffectMania – Photo Editor
  7. Art Filter – Deep Photoeffect
  8. Fast Emoji Keyboard
  9. Create Sticker for Whatsapp
  10. Math Solver – Camera Helper
  11. Photopix Effects – Art Filter
  12. Led Theme – Colorful Keyboard
  13. Keyboard – Fun Emoji, Sticker
  14. Smart Wifi
  15. My GPS Location
  16. Image Warp Camera
  17. Art Girls Wallpaper HD
  18. Cat Simulator
  19. Smart QR Creator
  20. Colorize Old Photo
  21. GPS Location Finder
  22. Girls Art Wallpaper
  23. Smart QR Scanner
  24. GPS Location Maps
  25. Volume Control
  26. Secret Horoscope
  27. Smart GPS Location
  28. Animated Sticker Master
  29. Personality Charging Show
  30. Sleep Sounds
  31. QR Creator
  32. Media Volume Slider
  33. Secret Astrology
  34. Colorize Photos
  35. Phi 4K Wallpaper – Anime HD

To avoid making such mistakes in the future, avoid installing apps you don’t absolutely need, check reviews on the Google Play Store before downloading any apps, and remember to remove apps you no longer use. Keep a look out for applications that require special permissions, such as drawing over programmes or access to Accessibility.