Apps that appear to be normal but are occasionally compromised with malware are extremely common. Users should always update their gadgets, keep an eye out for articles like this one, and take appropriate action. A virus campaign is affecting over 60 well-known apps with a combined install base of over 100 million in the Google Play Store. Some apps’ creators mistakenly incorporated the virus by utilizing a third-party library that included malware-filled sections. These apps are lethal because of a new strain of malware called “Goldoson.” By using these components, app developers can cut down on the time it can take to create particular app components.

Google asserts in a statement that it takes every precaution to shield users from this threat. A Google representative said in a statement to phonearena, “When we identify apps that violate our policies, we take immediate action. We have informed the developers that changes are required to bring their products into compliance with Google Play standards. Google Play Protect, which can alert users to harmful apps on Android devices, further protects consumers.

Is Goldoson a risk?

Goldoson was discovered by security researchers at the McAfee business, who noted on their blog that the virus may collect GPS coordinates and the names of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-connected device names. Also, a list of the mobile phone’s apps will be compiled. Moreover, the malware has the capacity to click on background-running advertisements without the user’s awareness or consent.

The creators and Google are both aware of the infection. Since the developers were just as much of a victim as those who downloaded the infected apps, many of the impacted apps were cleaned up by the developers. However, those who disobeyed Google’s order had their apps removed from the Play Store.

Delete following apps immediately

The impacted apps’ developers either patched them or Google removed them from the Play Store, according to the information that is currently accessible. Even if the app is no longer accessible through the Play Store, users must still make sure that they do not have a malicious version of it installed on their devices. Even if the developer has provided a fix, users should still upgrade the software to be secure. The list of applications involved in this attack is provided below. The list prominently displays the quantity of downloads. Also, it demonstrates how Google or the developer changed the app or removed it from the Play Store.

The list:

  • L.POINT with L.PAY 10M+ Updated
  • Swipe Brick Breaker 10M+ Removed
  • Money Manager Expense & Budget 10M+ Updated
  • TMAP 10M+ Updated
  • Lotte Cinema 10M+ Updated*
  • Genie Music 10M+ Updated*
  • Cultureland version 2 5M+ Updated*
  • GOM Player 5M+ Updated*
  • Megabox 5M+ Removed**
  • LIVE Score Real-Time score 5M+ Updated*
  • Pikicast 5M+ Removed**
  • Compass 9: Smart Compass 1M+ Removed**
  • GOM Audio – Music, Sync lyrics 1M+ Updated*
  • TV – All About Video 1M+ Updated*
  • Guninday 1M+ Updated*
  • Item mania1M+ Removed**
  • LOTTE WORLD Magicpass 1M+ Updated*
  • Bounce Brick Breaker 1M+ Removed**
  • InfiniteSlice Infinite Slice 1M+ Removed**
  • Norae bang 1M+ Updated*
  • SomNote – Beautiful note app 1M+ Removed**
  • Korea Subway Info: Metroid 1M+ Updated*
  • GoodTVBible 1M+ Removed**
  • Happy Mobile Happy Screen1M+ Updated*
  • UBhind: Mobile Tracker Manager 1M+ Removed**
  • Mafu Driving Free 1M+ Removed**
  • Girl singer WorldCup 500K+ Updated*
  • FSP Mobile 500K+ Removed**
  • Audio Recorder 100K+ Removed**
  • Catmera 100K+ Removed**
  • Cultureland Plus 100K+ Updated*
  • Simple Air 100K+ Removed**
  • Lotteworld Seoul Sky 100K+ Updated*
  • Snake Ball Lover 100K+ Removed**
  • Play Geto 100K+ Removed**
  • Memory Memo 100K+ Removed**
  • PB Stream 100K+ Removed**
  • Money Manager (Remove Ads) 100K+ Updated*
  • Inssaticon – Cute Emoticons 100K+ Removed**
  • ECloud 100K+ Updated*
  • SCinema 50K+ Updated*
  • Ticket Office 50K+ Updated*
  • Lotteworld Aquarium 50K+ Updated*
  • Lotteworld Water Park 50K+ Updated*
  • T map for KT, LGU+ 50K+ Removed**
  • Random number 50K+ Updated*
  • AOG Loader 10K+ Removed**
  • GOM Audio Plus – Music, Sync l 10K+ Updated*
  • Swipe Brick Breaker 2 10K+ Removed**
  • Safe Home10K+ Removed**
  • Chuncheon 10K+ Removed**
  • Fantaholic  5K+ Removed**
  • Cinecube 5K+ Updated*
  • TNT 5K+ Removed**
  • Bestcare Health 1K+ Removed**
  • InfinitySolitaire 1K+ Removed**
  • New Safe 1K+ Removed**
  • Cashnote 1K+ Removed**
  • TDI News 1K+ Removed**
  • Eyesting 500+ Removed**
  • TingSearch 50+ Removed**
  • Krieshachu Fantastic 50+ Removed**
  • Yeonhagoogokka  10+ Removed**

As we have said several times before, we reemphasize again that even if an app has been deleted from the Play Store, it may still be able to steal your personal info and click on ads if it is still installed on your phone or tab. In other words, even if they were allegedly cleaned up by the developer and passed Google’s testing, uninstall any of these apps from any of your mobile devices right away. Do not take chances with your device.

In the future, spare yourself some time and check the evaluations written by users before installing an app from a new developer. If you notice a user complaining that there are too many adverts on their phone or that the software caused his device’s battery to start draining after installation, these are red flag indications that you should pay attention to. If an app fails the smell test, don’t even bother with it. It’s best to simply ignore them.


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