Attention all Android users! Google just removed three apps from the Play Store because a security company thinks they contain adware that's infecting users' gadgets. If they're on your phone or tablet, you should get rid of them right now.
Usually, apps you download in Google's official Play Store are safe. The company is normally good about vetting the apps available to users there. But, these three slipped through the cracks, and you should delete them immediately. You also need to make sure your gadget has strong malware protection.
The apps can infect your phone with adware that generates popups whenever you unlock your gadget. The popups claim there's something wrong with your gadget and direct you to fake pages to fix it.
“If you approve you get re-directed to harmful threats on fake pages, like dubious app stores and apps that attempt to send premium SMS behind your back or to apps that simply collect too much of your data for comfort while offering you no additional value,” wrote [Avast’s Filip] Chytry.