December 8, 2021
Google Play Store Removes 24 Android Apps with 383 Million Downloads over Privacy and Security Concerns

Stop Right Now and Delete these Android Apps to Avoid Malware, Rogueware, Privacy and Security Issues

Google has pulled two dozen Android apps with hundreds of millions of installs from the Google Play Store over potential privacy and security issues…

There’s another sizable batch of sketchy apps that Google has removed from its Play Store. As usual, these ostensibly do everything from ordinary functions like weather and calendars, to advanced camera features. But, some are actually crammed with malware or rogueware, even to the point of being able to request all kinds of nefarious permissions.

Google Play Store Removes 24 Android Apps with 382 Million Downloads over Privacy and Security Concerns

The Google Play Store has deleted twenty-four Android apps with a total of 382 million downloads, following a report by VPNpro, which states, in-part:

“Our research has uncovered that they’re … asking for a huge amount of dangerous permissions, potentially putting users’ private data at risk. These dangerous permissions include the ability to make calls, take pictures and record video, record audio, and much more.”

The report also reveals the apps in question were built by a Chinese company with a history of malware, rogueware, and other unethical practices.

One app, Candy Selfie Camera, purportedly requested the following permissions: access coarse location, access fine location, camera, get accounts, read external storage, read logs, read phone state, and write external storage.

Here’s the list of the suspicious Android apps Google pulled from the Play Store and users should immediately delete: 

  • Sound Recorder
  • Super Cleaner
  • Virus Cleaner 2019 
  • File Manager
  • Joy Launcher 
  • Turbo Browser
  • Weather Forecast
  • Candy Selfie Camera
  • Hi VPN, Free VPN
  • Candy Gallery
  • Calendar Lite
  • Super Battery
  • Hi Security 2019
  • Net Master
  • Puzzle Box
  • Private Browser
  • Hi VPN Pro
  • World Zoo
  • Word Crossy!
  • Soccer Pinball
  • Dig it
  • Laser Break
  • Music Roam 
  • Word Crush

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