Android users are being warned to delete 19 apps that could infect their phone.

The apps have been banned from the Play Store after they were found to leave lots of unwanted and irritating adverts on people’s phones.

The latest alert comes via the team at White Ops Satori Threat Intelligence and Research who discovered 19 nasty applications that are capable of filling devices with unwanted and highly irritating adverts.

This adware was able to take over the moment the device was unlocked and plugged into a charger and was even able to launch an attack whether the infected app was open or not – reports the Daily Express.

Some of the apps were able to hide from users by disappearing the moment they were downloaded.

This trick is often used by hackers as it makes it much harder for people to find and delete the applications from their devices.

The White Ops Team say they identified the apps after seeing suspiciously high volumes of ad traffic during their threat hunting investigations.

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After looking more closely at those apps and their similarly-developed counterparts, White Ops discovered code facilitating out-of-context adverts as well as a pretty clever way to evade detection.

The apps it investigated in the course of its research did not function as advertised and had more than 3.5 million downloads.

White Ops dubbed this investigation CHARTREUSEBLUR with the majority of apps featuring in the attack including the word “blur” in their package name.

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Many also say they are photo editing apps – a popular type of download from the Store – which claimed to allow a user to blur sections of an image in their photo gallery.

With the threat confirmed, Google has since removed the applications from its Play Store but android users are being warned to delete them from their phones.

The Satori Team say they continue to monitor this threat and will identify any emerging adaptations and new apps.

Apps android users are being warned to delete

Auto Picture Cut • 100,000+ installs

Color Call Flash • 50,000+ installs

Square Photo Blur • 500,000+ installs

Square Blur Photo • 500,000+ installs

Magic Call Flash • 50,000+ installs

Easy Blur • 100,000+ installs

Image Blur • 100,000+ installs

Auto Photo Blur • 100,000+ installs

Photo Blur • 500,000+ installs

Photo Blur Master • 100,000+ installs

Super Call Screen • 100,000+ installs

Square Blur Master • 100,000+ installs

Square Blur • 50,000+ installs

Smart Blur Photo • 500,000+ installs

Smart Photo Blur • 500,000+ installs

Super Call Flash • 100,000+ installs

Smart Call Flash • 50,000+ installs

Blur Photo Editor • 5,000+ installs

Blur Image • 10,000+ installs





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