A malware harmful to Android devices has returned. This time the malware was found in a total of 16 apps.

According to security company Jesskeller, these apps are infected by Joker malware.

The malware steals contact numbers, SMS, device information, etc. from the devices that have these apps.

The biggest problem, however, is that this malware automatically subscribes to premium wireless network protocols, causing users to inadvertently use a lot of Internet backgrounds.

Google has already removed these 16 apps from the Play Store. Google says these apps are still effective on millions of devices. The 16 harmful apps mentioned are-

All Good PDF Scanner
Mint Leaf Message – Your Private Message
Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
Tangram App Lock
Direct Messenger
Private SMS
One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
Style Photo Collage
Meticulous Scanner
Desire Translate
Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
Care Message
Part Message
Paper Doc Scanner
Blue Scanner
Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
All Good PDF Scanner (mentioned 2 times in the original list. Not sure if it is another variant or repeated.)
Although these apps have been removed from the Google Play Store, Google has no control over the phones on which these apps are installed. The rest of the responsibility is on the user. If any of the 16 apps mentioned above are installed on your Android phone, uninstall them now and stay safe.