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More Than 500,000 People Downloaded These Malware-Infected Android Apps

November 26, 2018, 8:06 PM UTC

Google removed 13 apps from its Google Play app store this weekend after the apps were discovered to contain malware.

The apps were downloaded a total of 560,000 times before they were removed from the store. All 13 were made by the same developer, Luiz O. Pinto, who had disguised the apps as car racing games. When people who downloaded the games tried to launch them they would crash; however, they would still install malware on the person’s phone or tablet, NDTV reports.

The apps in question would reportedly hide themselves and their icons once you launched them, and would ask users to install an additional APK called ‘Game Center’ to their device.

Two of the apps made it to Google Play’s trending section before they were removed.

The removed apps include:

Luxury Cars SUV Traffic

Car Driving Simulator

Extreme Car Driving Racing

Moto Cross Extreme Racing

SUV City Climb Parking

Extreme Car Driving City

City Traffic Moto Racing

Extreme Sport Car Driving

Hyper Car Driving Simulator

Truck Cargo Simulator

SUV 4×4 Driving Simulator

Firefighter – Fire Truck Simulator

Luxury Car Parking

If you downloaded one of the impacted apps, you should uninstall it and then use a trusted antivirus app such as 360 Security or AVG Virus to scan your device and make sure the malware is removed and that no other apps on your device are infected.