I’m sure no one loves malware. And if the malware is something like the Joker Malware, you got no other choice than to hard reset your Android phone.
The Joker malware created quite a scare last year after it had infected several apps. Google had to intervene and remove those apps from Google Play Store to protect users. But it seems like the malware is back again.
What is Joker malware and what does it do?
Joker Malware or Joker Virus was first found in 2017 in some Google Apps. It was undetectable initially because this malware was hidden and adjusted itself according to the device framework. Joker Malware comes in two parts. Once the first part is downloaded, it initiates the auto-download of the second part which is a .DEX file.
Being a spyware, it can access your text messages and can secretly approve payments, copy your contact list, app data including user credentials, debit/credit card details, and almost every user input you’re making your Android device. In short, it has full control of your phone without your knowledge, and this is dangerous.
How to Check for Malware on Android?
To check for malware on your Android device, go to the Google Play Store app and click the three-line icon in the top-left left corner of your screen. Then Google Play Protect and tap the scan button. Google Play Protect is a free and in-built service that automatically scans all the apps on your device to check for malware on your Android device. Google Play Protect warns you about any detected potentially harmful apps that it finds, and it removes known harmful apps on your device.
- To get started, go to the Google Play Store app on your Android device. You can find this app by tapping the Apps icon at the bottom of your home screen.
- Then tap the menu button. This is the three-line icon in the top-left corner of your screen.
- Next, tap on Google Play Protect. This will show you the status of your device and the results of the latest scan.
- Tap the scan button to force your Android device to check for malware.
- If you see any harmful apps on your device, you will see an option to remove them.
How can I protect myself from Joker malware?
- The first and foremost thumb rule is not to install Apps which you aren’t sure about. Many users often tend to install free game apps without researching upon its developer or the reviews about the app. Such practices need to be stopped. Keep a separate device to test Game Apps in case you really want to test unknown apps. And make sure you do not enter your user details in that device.
- Delete the following apps from your Android device to prevent Joker malware infection:
- Easy PDF Scanner
- Now QRCode Scan
- Super-Click VPN
- Volume Booster Louder Sound Equalizer
- Battery Charging Animation Bubble Effects
- Smart TV Remote
- Volume Boosting Hearing Aid
- Flashlight Flash Alert on Call
- Halloween Coloring
- Classic Emoji Keyboard
- Super Hero-Effect
- Dazzling Keyboard
- EmojiOne Keyboard
- Battery Charging Animation Wallpaper
- Blender Photo Editor-Easy Photo Background Editor