WARNING: These 13 Android apps are hijacking phones! Delete them immediately for your safety

25 Android Apps Found Infected with Xamalicious Malware

The McAfee Mobile Research Team has discovered 25 apps that contained the Xamalicious malware. Some of these apps were installed directly from the Google Play Store and Google removed them even before McAfee publicly disclosed their names. Most Xamalicious-infected apps are found in the following categories: games, health, horoscope, and productivity.

While Google did remove the Xamalicious-infected apps from the Play Store, McAfee says that most of the apps are still available on third-party Android app stores. The Xamalicious malware is used for fraudulent actions such as clicking on ads, installing apps, and financially motivated actions without user consent.

The 13 apps removed from the Google Play Store include: Essential Horoscope for Android, 3D Skin Editor for PE Minecraft, Logo Maker Pro, Auto Click Repeater, Count Easy Calorie Calculator, Sound Volume Extender, LetterLink, NUMEROLOGY: PERSONAL HOROSCOPE & NUMBER PREDICTIONS, Step Keeper: Easy Pedometer, Track Your Sleep, Sound Volume Booster, Astrological Navigator: Daily Horoscope & Tarot, and Universal Calculator.

Three of the apps have been installed over 100,000 times and two have over 10,000 installs. If you have any of these apps on your Android phone, it is recommended to uninstall them immediately. Signs of Xamalicious malware on your phone may include the device running hot at inappropriate times and the battery draining too fast.

The Xamalicious malware is used to turn your phone into a money-making device for cyber-criminals, so it’s important to check your phone for any of the listed apps and remove them to protect your device.