Android Users Need To Watch Out For These Fake Minecraft Apps

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Minecraft continues to be extremely popular, especially among the younger generations who use it both to have fun and learn. So it should come as no surprise cybercriminals are taking advantage and using the Minecraft brand to spread malware on mobile devices.

As Graham Cluley reports, security vendor Kaspersky Labs discovered more than 20 Minecraft Android apps on the Google Play store that are malicious. Worriyngly, the installs for these apps range from 500 to over one million, proving Minecraft is a lucrative name for the criminals to take advantage of.

The fake apps advertise themselves as modpacks for the game, but no mods are ever loaded. Instead, the app typically opens once after installation and then waits for the user to get frustrated and close it. However, at this point the app icon disappears making it more difficult to find to uninstall. After that, ads will start appearing in a constant stream every few minutes. These apps also have the ability to open your browser, Google Play, Facebook, and load YouTube videos.

Kaspersky has informed Google about the malicious Minecraft apps it found and most have now been removed, but some still persist and others will no doubt appear. If you or someone you know has installed one of these apps, the way to stop the ads is by locating and uninstalling the app, which doesn't prove very hard if you know where to look. Simply navigate to Settings -> Apps & notifications on your Android device and then tap to see all apps. Locate the malicious app in the list and tap to uninstall it. After that, the app and the ads should disappear. Todo sobre productos Xiaomi, moviles, gadgets y toda su amplia gama de productos Todo sobre productos Xiaomi

There are hundreds of Minecraft-related app on the Google Play Store and it can be difficult to tell which ones to trust. Before installing any, check the reviews and the overall rating for the app. If it's five stars but most of the reviews are very simple, e.g. "great app!" then be suspicious. You may also see helpful reviews from others telling you the app doesn't seem to do anything, which is clear red flag. And finally, protect yourself with a highly-rated mobile security suite for Android.

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