Smartphone Users Warned To Delete 17 Apps ‘Immediately’ Before It’s Too Late

Smartphone users have been urged by tech experts to delete 17 dangerous apps from their devices.
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Tech experts have warned smartphone users to delete 17 potentially dangerous apps from their devices.

Following the expenses of the holiday season, many of us are feeling the pinch.

With weeks left until payday and January only just beginning, things can start to feel a little bit desperate.

And for those struggling to see how they can make their bank balance stretch until February, the appeal of a quick and easy loan can be easy to understand.

However, smartphone users looking for a loan have been issued a stark warning by tech experts this week…

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ESET researchers have drawn attention to what they describe as: “an alarming growth of deceptive Android loan apps, which present themselves as legitimate personal loan services, promising quick and easy access to funds.”

These apps reportedly use deceptive marketing tactics to trap users into extremely high-interest loans, which can put them on a slippery slope into debt.

But what’s even more pernicious is the fact that these apps then use data collected from the user, including personal and financial details, to blackmail users into paying their enormous fees.

The apps have been given the portmanteau SpyLoan, as they utilise loan claims to gain spyware access.

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Tech experts have warned smartphone users to delete 17 potentially dangerous apps from their devices. Credit: Alamy

The New York Post reports that these apps are particularly prevalent in Google’s Play store, although Forbes reports some have also been popping up in the Apple App Store.

“Since the beginning of 2023, researchers have observed an alarming growth of deceptive Android loan apps,” Lukas Stefanko, of the cybersecurity firm ESET, wrote in a post.

ESET has since alerted Google to 18 of these SpyLoan apps in its Play Store, encouraging the company to remove them.

One has since been removed from the list, as it is no longer deemed a Spyloan app.

Worryingly, these fraudulent apps had garnered over 12 million downloads before their eventual removal from the store.

So, if you have an Android, it’s well worth checking you don’t have any of these nefarious apps on your device!

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The apps named by We Live Security are as follows:

  1. AA Kredit
  2. Amor Cash
  3. GuayabaCash
  4. EasyCredit
  5. Cashwow
  6. CrediBus
  7. FlashLoan
  8. PréstamosCrédito
  9. Préstamos De Crédito-YumiCash
  10. Go Crédito
  11. Instantáneo Préstamo
  12. Cartera grande
  13. Rápido Crédito
  14. Finupp Lending
  15. 4S Cash
  16. TrueNaira
  17. EasyCash
Google has been alerted to 18 Spyloan apps in its Play Store. Credit: Alamy

If you do have any of these apps installed, experts encourage that you delete them from your device immediately. also encourages ‘changing passwords for their device, financial accounts, and Wi-Fi’.

“They should also be on the lookout for symptoms of a potential malware infection, including suspicious emails or alerts,” the outlet says.

“In the meantime, smartphone users should install antivirus software, keep up with phone updates, refrain from downloading apps from third-party sources, and take other protective measures against the risk of contracting malware.”

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.