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New Joker Malware virus affects Google Apps! Autolycos allegedly on apps with millions of downloads

A new Joker malware-type virus is reportedly spreading to Android apps. This new security exploit is alarming as researchers claim that the new malware has infected apps with millions of downloads.

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Experts say the comeback Joker malware is back with a malicious scheme for victims.

Now imagine if hackers take advantage of this new virus. Maxime Ingrao, a French cybersecurity expert, working for the security company Evina, is the one who confirmed the appearance of the new malware.

He announced his findings via his official Twitter post on July 13.

“Found a new malware family that subscribes to premium services. 8 apps since June 2021, 2 apps still on Play Store, +3 million installs,” the security expert said via his last tweet.

New Joker Malware virus affects Google Apps!

According to the latest report from Phone Arena, the new Autolycos malware is quite similar to the Joker malware. This means that this Android virus can also steal money from Google users without them knowing that they are already hacked.

New Joker Malware virus affects Google Apps!  Autolycos allegedly on apps with millions of downloads
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Ingrao explained that one of the differences between Joker and Autolycos malware is the lack of web display of the virus. Instead, Autolycos only uses HTTP requests.

He added that hackers could promote the new malware by creating Facebook pages that run infected FB and IG ads. Ingrao further explained that Autolycos can retrieve a JSON on the C2 address “”.

After that it will run the URLs and return the results to include the requests. Thanks to this, Autolycos will not generate web views, which will allow it to be more stealthy compared to the Joker malware.

Delete these Google apps now

If you don’t want to be infected with the new Autolycos malware, you should remove the following Google apps:

  • Vlog Star Video Editor
  • Creative 3D Launcher
  • Emoji Keyboard
  • Razer Keyboard and Theme
  • Freeglow Camera 1.0.0
  • Coco Camera v1.1
  • funny camera
  • Wow Beauty Camera

You can remove these apps in two ways. The first is to search their names on the official Google Play Store platform and click on the uninstall button.

The second is to find the actual app on your device. After that, long press on the app until the uninstall button appears.

In the list of apps above, Vlog Star Video Editor and Creative 3D Launcher are the most dangerous since they already have more than 1 million downloads.

You can visit this link to see more details about them.

Recently, security experts discovered fake Windows 11 downloads that spread Vidar malware.

On the other hand, four Google applications were found to be infected with the notorious Joker malware.

For more information on the new Autolycos malware and other security threats appearing on the official Google Play Store, keep your tabs open here on TechTimes.

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Written by: Griffin Davis

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