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Stop what you're doing and delete these Android apps now from your smartphone or tablet

Stop what you're doing and delete these Android apps now from your smartphone or tablet

There we go again, according to VPN Pro, which has the habit of creating periodic reports on malicious applications and games, this time we have 24 applications that cover everything.

From weather apps to calendar and camera functionality, some of which are loaded with malware request all kinds of potentially harmful permissions.

Unfortunately Google with its Play Protect missed it and now these applications together add up to more than 382 million installations.

Unnecessary and dangerous permissions include the ability to make calls, take pictures and record video, record audio and more.

The main point raised by VPN Pro, that the applications in question come from the same Chinese company that has a history of malware, rogueware and antithetical practices. These applications also request a large number of unnecessary and dangerous permissions.

TCL - Shenzen Hawk - Malicious applicationsTCL – Shenzen Hawk – Malicious applications

One of the company's applications, notes the report, called Weather Forecast and was apparently "caught collecting user data and sending it to a server in China". Another of the apps in this batch of 24, called Candy Selfie Camera, reportedly requested the following permissions for operation:

  • Access approximate location (permission that allows applications to rename a user's general location over Wi-Fi and / or mobile cell data)
  • Access good location (even more worrying than the one above. Most applications don't need this, and a permission that provides more accurate data about your location)
  • Camera
  • Get accounts
  • Read external storage
  • Read logs
  • Read phone status
  • Write external storage

Another application, the Sound Recorder, wanted to access the smartphone's camera. Below you will see a list of all applications.

Shenzhen HAWK Internet Co., Ltd is a Chinese company that secretly develops 24 popular applications, totaling more than 382 million installations, with some applications containing malware and rogueware and participating in antithetical practices.

The VPN Pro website points to the company Shenzhen HAWK, which has a connection with several different application developers, which may indicate that there are still several other supposed applications and that unfortunately Google is letting go.

Shenzhen HAWK is a subsidiary of a large Chinese electronics giant, TCL Corporation, which is partly state owned. The 24 applications that the report alerts everyone to get rid of are the following:

  • Sound Recorder
  • Super Cleaner
  • Virus Cleaner 2019
  • File Manager
  • Joy Launcher
  • Turbo Browser
  • Weather Forecast
  • Candy Selfie Camera
  • Hi VPN, Free VPN
  • Candy Gallery
  • Calendar Lite
  • Super Battery
  • Hi Security 2019
  • Net Master
  • Puzzle Box
  • Private Browser
  • Hi VPN Pro
  • World Zoo
  • Word Crossy!
  • Soccer Pinball
  • Dig it
  • Laser Break
  • Music Roam
  • Word Crush

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