A rather unusual event occurred in the Google Play Store, the platform where we can download mobile applications for Android. Recently, the Mountain View company detected a set of applications that were infected by a “Malware” virus. Unfortunately, many users had already downloaded and installed these apps on their cell phones. Know what they are and all the details in the following note.
Before informing you about the infected applications, you need to know what Malware is. Malware is a computer virus and the term arises from the combination of two words: “Malicious” (Mal) and “Software” (Ware).
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These are capable of entering any device when downloading infected programs or applications. When they take over our equipment, be it a computer, laptop, Smartphone or tablet, this virus attacks, infects and spies on it, impairing its normal functioning. The first thing we will witness is the slowness of our device and later we will lose its control.
In simple words, the objective of Malware is to access control of your computer through another remote device, it is generally used by cybercriminals to steal personal data such as bank accounts, card numbers, passwords and even money.
According to information from the “Computer Hoy” web portal, Google Play Store acted immediately when it detected these irregularities and removed the following applications from its download list:
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Although these applications infected with “Malware” have been eliminated forever from the Play Store, there are still users who have not uninstalled the aforementioned applications from their Smartphone, either because they do not know it or because they do not believe it comes with some type of computer virus; therefore, “Computer Hoy” recommends that you uninstall these apps immediately, so that cybercriminals no longer have access to our personal information.
It is true that the Google Play Store for Android is a fairly reliable site, however, every time you install an application through this platform, you must first look at the rating (stars) or comments of users who have already had experience with the app.
It is also suggested to install some kind of antivirus to detect any malicious program. One of the best antivirus is AVAST Mobile Security, Eset nod32, Kaspersky, among others. Finally, it is advised not to install cracked applications on other sites with the exception of Google Play.