Android warning after phone infecting Samsung Galaxy Store apps spotted

SAMSUNG users need to avoid several apps on the Galaxy Store that could infect their devices, experts have warned.

A number of malicious apps have been spotted on the Samsung Galaxy Store by Android Police’s Max Weinbach.


Samsung users should watch out for the appsCredit: Reuters

The apps are said to be Showbox movie piracy app clones.

Some of them trigger Google’s Play Protect warning if you try and install them.

Others could infect your phone with malware.

According to Android Police, the apps could put “riskware” or adware on your phone.

Adware can result in your phone being essentially unusable if too many spam adverts load and crash it.

Riskware can be even worse and can be used to steal data.

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Some of the malicious apps spotted are said to demand access to your contacts and call logs.

Experts say the malware in the apps could be “weaponized”.

The apps have hundreds of reviews and some people have even pointed out the malware.

It’s unclear how many people have downloaded them.

We have reached out to Samsung for comment.

To stay safe only download reputable apps from the App Store and Google Play Store.

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