Popular Android apps are destroying your battery life with SECRET downloads in the background

Popular Android apps are destroying your battery life with SECRET downloads in the background

ANDROID phone owners are being warned over popular apps that are secretly draining your battery life.
The scam apps are described as “infected” and have now been deleted from the official Google Play Store – but may still be lurking on your phone.
Getty – Contributor Android phones are at serious risk from dodgy adware campaigns
According to cybersecurity researchers, the “rogue adware campaign” affects 206 apps, which have been downloaded almost 150million times.
Adware is a type of scam that serves you up with adverts – often in the background – making your device slower, sucking up battery life, and generating profit for crooks.
Security buffs at Checkpoint found hundreds of adware-infected apps on the Google Play Store, and revealed a particularly sinister twist.
It turns out that these dodgy apps hide themselves, making it particularly hard for you to delete them.
Checkpoint The “infected” apps can download background ads on your phone, launch webpages – and even run other apps
“‘SimBad’ comes with a respected list of capabilities on the user’s device, such as removing the icon from the launcher, thus making it harder for the user to uninstall, starting to display background ads and open a browser with a given URL,” said Checkpoint’s Elena Root.
When apps show you advertisements, money is generated – but crooks can trick apps into loading background ads that you never see.
That means companies are paying out for ads no one is seeing, hurting your phone experience for the benefit of criminals.
Alamy All of the apps were available to download on the official Google Play Store
According to researchers, the developers who created the apps aren’t at fault – and were tricking into allowing the adware on their apps and games.
“We believe the developers were scammed to use this malicious SDK, unaware of its content, leading to the fact that this campaign was not targeting a specific country or developed by the same developer,” Elena explained.
“The malware has been dubbed ‘SimBad’ due to the fact that a large portion of the infected applications are simulator games.”
Google was notified of the adware campaign and has removed the infected applications from the Play Store.
But you’ll need to manually delete the apps from your phone to stay safe.
How to delete Android apps
Normally, deleting an Android app would just involve holding down on the app in the phone’s main app launcher.
But this scam hides that app icon from your launcher, so you need to uninstall the app in settings instead.
Simply go into Settings then Apps, then tap the correct app and choose Uninstall.
Dodgy apps REVEALEDThese are the ‘infected apps’ along with their installation counts…

Snow Heavy Excavator Simulator 10,000,000
Hoverboard Racing 5,000,000
Real Tractor Farming Simulator 5,000,000
Ambulance Rescue Driving 5,000,000
Heavy Mountain Bus Simulator 2018 5,000,000
Fire Truck Emergency Driver 5,000,000
Farming Tractor Real Harvest Simulator 5,000,000
Car Parking Challenge 5,000,000
Speed Boat Jet Ski Racing 5,000,000
Water Surfing Car Stunt 5,000,000
Offroad Wood Transport Truck Driver 2018 5,000,000
Volumen booster & Equalizer 5,000,000
Prado Parking Adventure 5,000,000
Oil Tanker Transport Truck Driver 5,000,000
Monster Truck Demolition 1,000,000
Hummer taxi limo simulator 1,000,000
Excavator Wrecking Ball Demolition Simulator 1,000,000
Offroad Gold Transport Truck Driver 2018 1,000,000
Sea Animals Truck Transport Simulator 1,000,000
Water Surfing Motorbike Stunt 1,000,000
Police Chase 1,000,000
Police Plane Transporter 1,000,000
Ambulance Driver Extreme Rescue 1,000,000
Hovercraft Racer 1,000,000
Cars Transport Truck Driver 2018 1,000,000
Motorbike Pizza Delivery 1,000,000
Heavy Excavator – Stone Cutter Simulator 1,000,000
Bottle shoot archery 1,000,000
Offroad buggy car racing 1,000,000
Garbage Truck – City trash cleaning simulator 1,000,000
Tanks Attack 1,000,000
Dinosaur Park – Train Rescue 1,000,000
Pirate Ship Boat Racing 3D 1,000,000
Flying taxi simulator 1,000,000
Jetpack Water 1,000,000
Volumen Booster 1,000,000
Animal Farming Simulator 1,000,000
Monster Truck 1,000,000
Offroad jeep car racing 1,000,000
Flying Car Stunts On Extreme Tracks 1,000,000
Tractor Farming 2018 1,000,000
Impossible Farming Transport Simulator 1,000,000
Volumen Booster 1,000,000
Mustang Rally Championship 1,000,000
Deleted Photo Recovery 1,000,000
Speed Boat Racing 1,000,000
Super Cycle Jungle Rider 1,000,000
My name on Live Wallpaper 1,000,000
Magical Unicorn Dash 1,000,000
Super Cycle Jungle Rider 1,000,000
Love Caller Screen 1,000,000
Racing Car Stunts On Impossible Tracks 1,000,000
Racing Car Stunts On Impossible Tracks 2 1,000,000
Urban Limo Taxi Simulator 1,000,000
Tractor Farming Simulator 1,000,000
Camper Van Driving 1,000,000
Bottle Shoot Sniper 3D 1,000,000
Full Screen Incoming Call 1,000,000
Beard mustache hairstyle changer Editor 1,000,000
Volumen Booster 1,000,000
girlfriend photo editor 1,000,000
Mobile Number Tracker & Locator 1,000,000
Garden Photo Editor 1,000,000
Fortune Wheel 1,000,000
Farming Transport Simulator 2018 1,000,000
OffRoad Tractor Transport 1,000,000
my name on live wallpaper 1,000,000
Flying Ambulance Emergency Rescue 500,000
Mustang Driving Car Race 500,000
Waterpark Car Racing 500,000
Impossible Tracks – Extreme Trucks 500,000
Flying Motorbike Stunts 500,000
Fire Truck Emergency Rescue – Driving Simulator 500,000
Heavy Snow Excavator Snowplow Simulator 500,000
Water Skiing 500,000
Women Make Up and Hairstyle Photo Maker 500,000
Mountain Bus Simulator 500,000
Van Pizza 500,000
Truck Transport and Parking Simulator 500,000
Hoverboard Racing Spider Attack 500,000
Motorsport Race Championship 500,000
Demolition Derby 500,000
Love Caller with love ringtones 500,000
House Transport Truck – Moving Van Simulator 500,000
Heavy Excavator Stone Driller Simulator 500,000
Super Cycle Downhill Rider 500,000
Extreme Rally Championship 500,000
Missile Attack Army Truck 500,000
Caller Location & Mobile Location Tracker 500,000
Mobile number locator 500,000
My name on Live Wallpaper 500,000
City Metro Bus Pk Driver Simulator 2017 500,000
Full Screen Incoming Call 500,000
Man Casual Shirt Photo Suit 500,000
American muscle car race 500,000
Offroad Nuclear Waste Transport – Truck Driver 500,000
Mad Cars Fury Racing 100,000
High Wheeler Speed Race 100,000
Number Coloring 100,000
Camper Van Race Driving Simulator 2018 100,000
Unicorn Float – Speed Race 100,000
Dual Screen Browser 100,000
Harvest Timber Simulator 100,000
Hot Micro Racers 100,000
Lara Unicorn Dash 100,000
Wingsuit Simulator 100,000
Food Truck Driving Simulator 100,000
Dog Race Simulator 100,000
SUV car – parking simulator 100,000
Phone Finder 100,000
Phone number locator 100,000
Gallery Lock 100,000
Secret screen recorder 100,000
Face Beauty Makeup 100,000
Christmas letters to santa and three wise man 100,000
Deleted Files recovery 100,000
Dual Screen Browser 100,000
Broken Screen – Cracked Screen 100,000
Garden Photo Editor 100,000
Modi Photo Frame 2 100,000
Love Caller Screen 100,000
Anti Theft & Full Battery Alarm 100,000
Love Caller Screen 2 100,000
Voice reading for SMS. Whatsapp & text sms 100,000
Name on Pic-Name art 100,000
Speed Boat Racing 100,000
Train Driving Simulator 100,000
Super Cycle Rider 100,000
Racing Horse Championship 3D 100,000
Move App To SD Card 2016 100,000
Pop Toy Creator 100,000
Photo Live Wallpaper 50,000
Magical Unicorn Dash 50,000
Truck Wheel of Death 50,000
Live Translator 50,000
Volume Control Widget 50,000
World cup 2018 football shirt maker 50,000
Girlfriend Photo Editor 2 50,000
My Photo on Music Player 50,000
taxi 50,000
Garden Photo Editor 50,000
Fortune Wheel Deluxe 50,000
Extreme Motorcycle Racer 50,000
Offroad Snow Bike – Christmas Racing 50,000
Bottle Shoot 50,000
Photo Background Changer 2017 50,000
Offroad Christmas Tree Transport 50,000
Tank Transport Army Truck 50,000
Flag face paint: World Cup 2018 10,000
World Cup 2018 Teams Flags Live Wallpaper 10,000
Selfie Camera 10,000
Missile Attack Army Truck 10,000
Max Player 10,000
Flash Alert – Flash on Call 10,000
Photo Video Maker with Music 10,000
Brain Games & IQ Test 10,000
Audio Video Mixer 10,000
Pop Toy Creator 2 10,000
Flash on Call and SMS 10,000
Heart Photo Frames 10,000
Shayari 2017 10,000
Photo on Birthday Cake 10,000
Nature Photo Frames 10,000
Calendar 2018 Photo Frame 10,000
Christmas Truck Transport Simulator 10,000
Modern Santa – Christmas van drive 10,000
Change your voice 10,000
Moster vs Water 10,000
EDIT Flowers Photo Frames 10,000
Photo Video Maker with Music 10,000
Toilet Paper Race 10,000
Dog Crazy Race Simulator 10,000
Luxury Photo Frame 10,000
Bike Wheel of Death 10,000
World Famous Photo Frames 10,000
Heavy Snow Excavator Christmas Rescue 10,000
Deleted Files Recovery 10,000
Football Results & Stats Analyzer 5,000
3D Photo Frame Cube Live Wallpaper 5,000
Green Hill PhotoFrame 5,000
Christmas Magic Board 5,000
Animal Parts Photo Editor 5,000
DSLR Camera Blur 5,000
Car Photo Frame 5,000
Hands Slap Game 5,000
4D Maa Durga Live Wallpaper 5,000
Men Sweatshirt Photo Editor 1,000
Connect Letters. Words Game 1,000
Recover Deleted Pictures 1,000
Custom Radio Alarm Clock 1,000
Anti-spam Calls 1,000
Compatibility Test 1,000
Dual Screen Browser 1,000
Magic Glow Live Wallpaper 1,000
Porgy Virtual Pet 1,000
Tap the Ball 1,000
Clock Live Wallpaper 1,000
Royale Stats 1,000
Fire text photo frame 1,000
Christmas greetings card 1,000
Best App Lock 1,000
DJ Photo Frames 1,000
Auto Call redial 500
Guess the picture 500
ProfesionalRecorder 500

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Dodgy Android apps are stealing your money and info – how to stop them now.
A fake Google Play Store app was found by researchers in October that allowed hackers easy access to your photos and private information.
And if the dodgy software has made you want to switch, it may be time to take a look at our review of the iPhone XS.
Do you think your Android phone is safe? Let us know in the comments!

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