Android users urged to delete 240 apps that can bombard your smartphone with ads – Mirror Online

From Huawei to Samsung, Android smartphones are some of the most popular handheld devices around the world.

But if you use an Android device, you may want to reassess which apps you have installed.

Experts from the White Ops Satori Threat Intelligence and Research Team have warned about 240 dangerous apps that can bombard your smartphone with fraudulent ads (scroll down for the full list).

In a blog about the findings, the researchers said: “These apps make it appear that ads are actually coming from popular applications and social media platforms including Youtube and Chrome.”

During the investigation, dubbed ‘RAINBOWMIX’, the researchers discovered that the apps had been downloaded a whopping 14 million times.

Man shocked at phone

They explained: “At first glance, RAINBOWMIX apps seem to work as advertised, although their quality likely leaves users wanting.

“They are often nothing more than Nintendo (NES) emulators ripped from legitimate sources or low quality games.”

This allowed the fraudsters to bypass certain security protocols and fly under the radar, resulting in millions of downloads, according to the researchers.

Thankfully, all of the apps have now been removed from the Google Play Store.

However, if you have any of the apps installed on your smartphone, it’s best to delete them immediately.

Speaking to Mirror Online, Jake Moore, Cyber Security Specialist at ESET, said: “If you were quick enough to download any of these apps, it would be a very good idea to delete them ASAP. Always remember to check the reviews on apps before downloading them as many of the RAINBOWMIX apps had 1 out of 5 star reviews on the Play store which is common for dodgy apps.

“Try to always remain cautious of any app you download and refrain from downloading from anywhere else other than the official Google Play store. Some of these suspect apps often request strange permissions that they use to take over your phone but antivirus software can help on Android phones and it’s usually free to install.”

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The 240 dangerous apps

com.adventuregame.inforestisland

com.adventuresofchipmunks.rescuerangers

com.andersonic.play

com.androidapk.gbaemulator

com.asunaxwarrior.theflashswordlegend

com.asunaxwarrior.theflashswordlegend2

com.avengersleague.mobabattle

com.avengersleague.mobabattle2

com.badicecream.icepowers

com.badicecream.icepowers.bnn

com.badicecreamdeluxe.fruitattack

com.banjolab.ninetailstransformation

com.battleflag.senki.warofheroes

com.battleflag.senki.warofheroes2

com.battleofpirates.legendreturn

com.battleofsaiyan.universes

com.battleofsuper.warriorssuperblue

com.battleofz.sragonsmash

com.battleofz.sragonsmash2

com.battleofz.superwarriors

com.battletoads.dragonbro

com.battletoadsfighter.toadmania

com.bestclassic.supersmashflash

com.blackflag.piratesvsfairysuperbattle2

com.blazering.crazyworld

com.blazering.dashwarriors

com.bubblebobble.ghostmaze

com.buzzygames.worldtour

com.cactusteam.monstervshero

com.challenger.whitehatcowboy

com.championgame.supergodfist

com.chaosgames.kamebattle

com.circusclassic.lionjump

com.clashofdragon.stickheroes.ncr

com.classiccar.jackaljeep

com.classicnes.emulator.retrogames

com.cocolabs.magicstickwarriors

com.colorisland.bubblebobble

com.comicgames.animeninjaarena

com.comicgames.mangaworldbattlesaga

com.craftvalley.masterblockpe

com.dbzgames.resurrectionfrieza

com.dbziny.dragonkungfu

com.demonlabs.leagueofwarriors

com.denisnapoleon.felixpille.dbzauraofagod

com.denisnapoleon.felixpille.dbzauraofagod2

com.doubleheroes.dragon

com.dragonbattle.doublerevenge

com.dragonbrothers.jungleattack

com.dragonbrothers.waterfall

com.dragongames.battleofssjj

com.dragonstudio.kamestickheroes

com.dwagames.superzwarriors

com.earthbound.thegiftmanchronicles

com.epicnine.hakibattle

com.epicwildgames.demontail

com.epicworldbattle.stormpower

com.epicworldbattle.stormpower2

com.fanmades.comicninjabattle

com.farewellgames.ninjamagicwar

com.farewellgames.ninjamagicwar2

com.farmergame.saiyankoarena

com.fieldsofjustice.championsbattle

com.fighter.godofuniversecrusader

com.fireandicecouple.theicetemple

com.fireflygames.fireherolightpuzzle2

com.fireicecouple.thelighttemple

com.footballcaptain.worldtournament

com.frontierknight.evildrrobo

com.game64street.classicfighting

com.gamez64.nin64emulator

com.gammastudio.uchihabattle

com.gbcdeluxe.emulatorforandroid

com.greatdbzgames.dragonofdiamond

com.gunsmoke.legendshooting

com.hokage.unlimitedheroes

com.hopkins.borutofights

com.hotboyandicegirl.templeinforest

com.hotboyandicegirl.templeinforest2

com.hotboyandicegirl.templeinforest3

com.jackalshooting.supersoliders

com.johnslabs.superwarriorsmoba

com.jojovsninja.battle

com.jumpsuperstars.ultimatebattle

com.karolinagames.powerfighters

com.karolinagames.powerfighters2

com.kidicarus.angelland

com.kimmesegames.endlessring

com.kingdomguardian.rushwars

com.kingdomofbowmans.magicarrow

com.kingofsaiyan.dragonarena

com.kingofuniversefighters.ultrainstinct

com.kissonthebeach.lovelygirl

com.knucklesadvance.megamix

com.kog.zenexhibitionmarch

com.leagueofjustice.animewarriors

com.leagueofjustice.animewarriors2

com.leagueofjustice.animewarriorsreturn

com.leagueofninja.mobaarena

com.leagueofninja.mobabattle

com.leagueofninja.mobabattle2

com.legendarywarrior.powerofbroly

com.legendofmana.secret

com.legendstudio.bardockwarrior

com.leoneboy.zroyalaction

com.liongames.supermonkeykong

com.littlestardev.powerchampionship

com.lovelygames.swimmingpoolkissing

com.lufiagame.riseofthesinistrals

com.mangawar.battleofchaos

com.mazeescapeunblocked.kunmonkey

com.megagens.mdemulator

com.metalgear.superwarriors

com.mgba.romsemulators

com.minigames.icecreammazepuzzle

com.monfirered.gbaemulator

com.mortalfighting.arcadepro

com.msluggames.supervehicle

com.myboypro.gbcemulatorpro

com.namekgame.dragons

com.narugames.ninjafarewell

com.nauticalking.burningwill

com.nauticalking.burningwill2

com.ndsemuclassic.emulator

com.ndsemuclassic.emulatorv2

com.ndsplayer.ndsemuforandroid

com.neopop.neogeo.poco

com.nesfcbro.nesemulator

com.nicbros.thesecretrings

com.nido64.n64retrogames.emulator

com.ninjaarena.legendfighting2

com.ninjabattle.shinobilegend

com.ninjabon.battleofninja

com.ninjagames.legendroad

com.ninjamoba.finalbattle

com.ninjarampage.legendarypower

com.ninjarevenge.bladevssoul2

com.ninjasurvival.deathmatch

com.nswon.legendaryshinobiwar

com.pandagames.skilldashpower

com.panicmaze.mushroomkingdom

com.persianwarrior.recuseprincessjasmine

com.PiSNES.SNESforAPK

com.pocketlabs.emeraldmonsters

com.pokeblack.ndsemulator

com.pokediamond.ndsemulator

com.pokeemerald.gbaemulator

com.pokegba.pokegamess

com.pokerubygames.gbaemulator

com.pokestadium.n64emulator

com.powerzfighters.superkakarot

com.puzzgmamesstudio.icecaveattack

com.puzzlegames.bombmaze

com.pwlegend.fiercefightingarcade

com.rabbitgames.ringchampion

com.racingbattle.zdragonjumpracing

com.redfirepoke.gbaemulator

com.rikigames.shenronblast

com.rikigames.shenronblast2

com.ringmania.lostworld

com.riseoftheninja.darkwar

com.riseoftheninja.darkwar2

com.roadfighterclassic

com.ronandgames.superzwarriors

com.roulettegame.soccerrandomteamgen

com.royalflush.princesssidestory

com.rubypoke.kingofmonsters

com.rushadventure.shadowrings

com.saiyanchampions.thelegacyofsaiyan

com.saiyanclassic.fightinggames

com.saiyanfight.vsninjapirate

com.saiyanfighters.kingofavengers

com.saiyanrevenge.zlegendaryz

com.saiyanvsninja.arena

com.sbo.awakeningofsaiyan

com.senamo.ultimateninjawar

com.sgs.superbluefullpower

com.shadowdash.returnofknu

com.shadowrun.adventuresofdashheroes

com.shinigami.realmdeathfight

com.shinigami.realmdeathfight2

com.shinigami.tournamentofshinobi

com.simulators.blockartwarcraft.survival

com.smashbros.fightingarena

com.smashbros.shadowrun

com.smcgames.snesplayer

com.soldierforce.snowfield

com.somari2019.theadventurer

com.starsfighting.greatwarofheroes

com.stealthnaruassassins.tournament

com.stickgames.batlestarsv5

com.stickhero.xiaoreturn

com.stickninjafight.legendary

com.streethopper.basketchallenge

com.superclassic.dashwarriors

com.supercomicgames.starsfighting

com.superdinosaurs.frogsoldier

com.superdug.diggerinmaze

com.superfireboy.theforestdungeon

com.superfireboy.thelightdungeon

com.SuperGG.FightingWorld.HerofromUniverse

com.supermjbuu.besttransformations

com.superrockheroes.battlenetwork

com.supersmash.n64emulator

com.superspeed.heroes2019

com.superturtleswarriors.ninjaproject

com.superturtleswarriors.secretproject

com.superzfighter.tournament

com.sweetygames.animeavenger

com.sweetykiss.bedroomkissing

com.sweetykiss.bedroomkissing2

com.swimmingpoolkissing.princess

com.themagicalquest.mouse

com.thewildwestriders.bountyhunters

com.thronedefender.riseofarcher

com.tinygame.circusclassic

com.tournamentgames.zenoexpochampion

com.UltimateArena.championZZZ

com.ultimatefighting.masterofskill

com.ultimatefighting.masterofskill2

com.ultimateflash.ringexe

com.ultimateninja.animechampions

com.ultimateninja.fightingheroes

com.ultrafighting.anime.champions

com.ultrafighting.anime.champions2

com.ultrafighting.animechampions

com.ultrajackman.animebattle

com.unity.gamestapzfusionsaga2

com.utimatebattle.ninjaultimateskill2

com.warriorsgame.RiseofBroly

com.whitehat.spyhunter

com.woodman.fireredmonsters

com.xwarriors.giantrings

com.zarcade.zflashdimension

com.zarena.universebattle2

com.zbattlegame.superwarriors

com.zcrusherpower.pwg

com.zeldagames.n64emulator

com.zenogames.dragonzevolution

com.zhyperdimension.infinitebattle

com.zulugames.kaiwarriors

com.zuniversewarriors.kochampion

com.zwarriors.legendreturn

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