This fake smart TV remote app is malware, it is one of the thousands of mobile apps available online on various app stores that make our lives easier. We are using many such apps for household automation and virtual assistants, while some apps help control your television remote.
But this fake smart TV remote app can be malware exposing you to hackers. Earlier security researchers from Kaspersky discovered an Android App for Smart TV remote harboring the Joker malware.
The fake smart TV app has been downloaded over 1000 times by users in just two weeks. The Joker malware has been around since 2017, and nearly 1,700 Android apps have already been removed from the Google Play Store for harboring it.
The bad actors install the Joker malware on users’ smartphones without their knowledge. Once it’s activated they can easily steal your personal information, access and copy your contact list and monitor text messages. Earlier in July, Joker Malware was discovered in Google Play Store and there seems to be no end in sight of the spread.
How to stay safe from Malware?
Installing malware accidentally on your smartphone can prove to be dangerous. You need to be cautious whenever you download an app on your phone. Always ensure you download an app from an official app store. It is also a good idea to remove unused apps to clear space on your device.
How to Find and Delete Apps on Android?
- Open the Google Play Store app.
- At the top right, tap the profile icon.
- Tap Manage apps & devices and then Installed.
- Go through the list of displayed applications.
- Next to the app, you want to remove, tap Uninstall.
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