They are designed to protect your smartphone from viruses, but not as such, they are dangerous to your device, it seems that several antivirus apps could actually cause more harm than good to your device, take time and follow.
Experts from VPN Pro have warned Android users about 15 antivirus apps that are potentially dangerous, over millions of people have downloaded them unknowingly .
In a ground breaking about the warning, security researcher Jan Youngren explained: “These apps are amazingly popular and potentially hazardous to your mobile device.
“That’s because they’re asking users to give them a lot of dangerous permissions that they don’t seem to need.
“Permissions like knowing where you are at all times, being able to use your camera, and even using your phone without your knowledge.”
Worryingly, these apps, including Antivirus Free 2019, Clean Master and Security Master, have been downloaded more than 2 billion times, putting users and their precious data at risk.
Mr Youngren added: “Even though these apps have been found guilty of these malicious activities in the past, they’re still available on Google Play and amassing millions of installs every month.”
Based on the findings, the researchers are urging users to be vigilant about the apps they download.
VPN Pro’s advice includes only downloading apps from well-known brands, and double-checking the app’s permissions.
Dangerous antivirus apps
- Security Master
- Virus Cleaner
- Antivirus Free 2019
- 360 Security
- Virus Cleaner 2019
- Super Phone Cleaner
- 360 Security Lite
- Super Cleaner
- Clean Master
- Super Security
- Antivirus Free
- Antivirus Android
- Antivirus & Virus Cleane
- Antivirus Mobile
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