The Joker virus poses a serious threat to the vast digital population of Android users worldwide. Google has identified 24 apps in the Google Play Store which are affected by this malware and as a result, all these apps have been removed from the Play Store. To be on the safe side, Android users must remove these apps as soon as possible.
What is Joker Virus/Malware?
The Android platform has always been vulnerable and has repeatedly faced threats from malware. The latest addition to the threat is the Joker virus. As its name suggests, Joker relies on advertisements for people signing up for Malware Premium subscriptions and then stealing user data in the background. This new malware proves to be dangerous for Android users and has already been downloaded on a large number of Android supporting smartphones. As a preventive method, Google has removed all affected apps from the Play Store. Unlike previous malware attacks, clown-infected applications have been downloaded in large numbers, even if Google is removing these apps from its Play Store.
Joker virus proves to be a high threat to Android users in terms of data privacy of users. The malware has been able to secretly register people for a premium subscription to the services, steal their SMS data, and collect all important device information such as serial numbers and IMEI numbers.
If you happen to use an Android phone and are concerned with the apps that are affected, a list of the infected apps has been released.
4.Antivirus Security – Security Scan
6.Board picture editing
9.Collate Face Scanner
17.Leaf Face Scanner
19.Print Plant scan
20.Rapid Face Scanner
So, if you find any of these apps in the Play Store, you should uninstall it from your phone immediately. And in addition to removing it from your phone, you should also do a full factory reset on your device to get rid of any other malicious content on your device.
Note that the presence of Joker Malware has been seen in 37 countries, with India being one of the countries which is affected extensively. Other countries include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic Are included. In Argentina, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.