Android users need to be careful of a malware threat that is affecting millions of devices.
Security experts are warning that as many as 25 million Android users have been infected by the malware dubbed “Agent Smith”. Having the same name as the iconic villain from The Matrix films, the malware replaces apps such as Whatsapp with fake ones that generate ad revenue for the owners of the program.
While users in the UK, US and Australia have been impacted, it has mainly affected those in India and Asian countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh. Users were alerted about the Android security threat by experts at Check Point in their blog post.
It is reported that the malware disguises itself as a Google related application and automatically replaces installed apps on the device with malicious versions without the user’s knowledge. The malware is a security risk concern as it can easily be used to obtain financial information and tracking your activity on your smartphone.
Unlike other high-profile malware threats, Agent Smith has not been spread via the official Google Play Store. Instead, it has been spread via 9apps.com, a third-party app store owned by China’s Alibaba.
If you have been affected by the Agent Smith Android threat then here’s how you can remove any malicious apps on your Android.
- Go to Settings Menu
- Click on Apps or Application Manager
- Scroll to the suspected app and uninstall it
- If it can’t be found then remove all recently installed apps