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If you downloaded these apps from Google Play, you need to uninstall them immediately

Update 6/13/19: After several requests from readers to make the list of apps easier to find, we reached out to, who shared the list of affected apps with us. Scroll to the bottom of this post to view the entire list.

Most Android users assume that if they have downloaded an app from the Google Play Store it should be safe to use. What do people say about assuming?

Android users are learning the hard way that not every app on the Google Play Store has been properly vetted or that those bad apps managed to stealthily bypass Google security.

This isn’t a new problem for Google, but this latest app lapse has affected millions of Android users and wreaked havoc on their phones. We’ll tell you what to do if you have one of these affected apps.

These apps make Android phones ‘unusable’

Researchers have found that 238 apps downloaded 440 million times from the Google Play Store carried adware that was so aggressive it “renders a mobile device nearly unusable,” according to a report from the mobile security provider Lookout.

The culprit apps that got past Google Play Store vetting contained BeiTaAd, which Lookout described as a “well-obfuscated advertising plugin.”

“The plugin forcibly displays ads on the user’s lock screen, triggers video and audio advertisements even while the phone is asleep, and displays out-of-app ads that interfere with a user’s interaction with other applications on their device,” the report stated.

In many cases, people were not even able to answer calls because ads would pop up and block the phone screen.

The apps in question are very popular and include TouchPal Keyboard Pro with 5 million installs, Abs Workout with 10 million installs and Color Screen with 50 million installs. All 238 apps were published by Shanghai-based CooTek.

The company told Newsweek that it discovered the problem months ago and disabled the plugin and has now removed it entirely from the apps. Too little, too late wouldn’t ya say?

Click here to see a complete list of the affected apps. If one of the impacted apps is on your phone, keep reading to find out what to do about it.

How to protect your device from dangerous apps

Hearing about apps that make your phone unusable is scary. Luckily, this particular problem has an easy fix.

You can completely delete the app or update it. Now, why would you want to update an app that has caused so many problems? Maybe you don’t, but by updating the app you will get the version without the malicious adware plugin.

This latest Google Play Store incident is just one in a series of bad apps that have come through the store, so be careful when downloading an app.

Here are a few ways to help stay protected:

Pay attention to reviews

Most popular apps will have reviews from other users in the app store. You can sometimes find reviews by experts online. These are helpful at pointing out malicious or faulty apps. If you find a review warning the app is malicious, do NOT download it.

Check the app’s developer

Verifying the name of the app developer is important. Copycat apps will have a different developer’s name than the actual one. Before downloading an app, do a Google search to find the original developer.

Avoid third-party apps

Only download apps from the Google Play Store. Even though some malicious apps make it into the Play Store, like this latest incident, it does have a more thorough screening process. This cuts down on the chances a malicious app makes it in. Third-party app stores don’t have these screening processes.

You always take a risk when you download an app, but has you covered. Here are some things to look for if you think your Android is infected and what you can do to fix it.

List of BeiTaAd apps to remove

Thanks to the team at for sharing the list of apps with the Komando audience. The list below includes the 200+ names and IDs of the apps you should remove.

[En] Boston – com.cootek.smartinputv5.celldict.en_us_Boston.apk
[En] New York – com.cootek.smartinputv5.celldict.en_us_New_York.apk
[En] Seattle – com.cootek.smartinputv5.celldict.en_us_Seattle.apk
3D Cool Tech –
3D Gold –
3D Metal Piano Keys –
Abs Workout –
B-Base –
Black Death Skull –
Black Leather TouchPal Theme –
Black Red Style –
Blooming Flower –
Blue Light –
Blue Water –
Breeze –
Bright Blue TouchPal Theme –
Business Black –
Business Black Red –
Charm –
Cherry – com.period.tracker.menstrual.cycle.cherry.apk
Clown Fish2 New –
ClownFish2 –
Color Phone –
Colorful Water Drop –
Comet –
Cool Soccer Player –
Cool Summer Theme –
Coreader – com.qrcorde.scan.barcode.reader.generator.apk
Cupid Arrow –
Cute Emoji –
Cute Koi Fish –
Cute Pink Unicorn –
Daily Water Tracker – com.water.drink.hydro.alarm.timer.apk
Doc Scanner – com.document.pdf.scanner.docscan.apk
DrinkWater –
Drop TouchPal Theme –
Easy Pedometer – step.tracker.pedometer.stepcounter.apk
Emoji –
EmojiDex – com.cootek.smartinputv5.emoji.emojidex.apk
EmojiOne – com.cootek.smartinputv5.emoji.emojione.apk
Federant – com.cootek.smartinputv5.font.federant_medium.apk
Fluorescent Flashy Neon –
Freeze –
Galaxy Classic Purple –
Glass Water –
Glitter Unicorn –
Glory –
Gold Black Metal –
Gold Butterfly –
Gold Dragon –
Gold Luxury Deluxe –
Gold Tattoo –
Green Football Game –
Green Life –
Green Rasta Weed –
Happy Mothers Day –
holiday shore –
Hologram Neon –
Horoscope – com.horoscope.astrology.crystalball.predict.apk
Horoscope Pro – com.predict.horoscope.daily.zodiac.sign.apk
Horoscope Secret –
Huawei Mate10 Porsche –
Indian Independence Day –
iOS 11 –
iOS10 Galaxy –
iPhone X –
Ivory TouchPal Theme –
Jamaikan Rasta –
Keyboard For Facebook –
Lime –
Liquid Galaxy Droplets –
Live –
Live Blue Water –
Live Blue Water New –
Live Neon Heart –
Live Water –
Lobster – com.cootek.smartinputv5.font.lobster.apk
Love Lover –
Love Red Rose –
Lovely Bear –
Lovely Parrots –
Lovely Teddy Bear –
Man Workouts –
ManFIT –
Matte Color –
Melody Radio –
Mermaid –
Messenger –
Messengers in one – com.messenger.socialmedia.allinone.lite.apk
Moon Night –
Moonlight Fox –
Music Notes –
Music Pool –
Navy Tinge –
Neon Blue Power Button –
Neon Butterfly –
Neon Butterfly New –
Neon Galaxy Heart –
Neon Purple Butterfly –
Neon Purple TouchPal Theme –
Neon Sports Car –
Neon Weed –
new amour –
New iOS –
Ninja –
OPPO F3 Plus –
Orchid –
Parisish – com.cootek.smartinputv5.font.parisish.apk
Pearl White Keyboard –
Phone Color Screen –
Pink Butterfly –
Pink Diamond Princess –
Pink Diamond Princess New –
Pink Flamingo And Rose –
Pink Rose Garden –
Pink Sakura Flower –
Pink Water Sakura –
Plum Blossom –
Pride Day –
Purple Butterfly –
Purple Neon Butterfly –
Rainbow Unicorn –
Raindrop –
Red and Black TouchPal Theme –
Red Heart –
Red Metal –
Red Neon Heart –
Red Neon Heart New –
Red Rose –
Red Rose Sparkling –
Romantic Couple New –
Rose Gold –
Rose Gold New –
Rose Gold Water Droplets –
Seductive Purple TouchPal Theme –
Simple Black Red –
Simple White Style –
Smart Radio FM –
Smart Scan –
Sparkling Heart –
Sparkling Purple Heart –
Special Green –
Star Unicorn –
Step Tracker – step.tracker.stepcounter.walking.apk
Swimming Fish –
Tiger –
Tinkle Music –
TouchPal – com.emoji.keyboard.touchpal.apk
TouchPal Arabic Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.arabic.apk
TouchPal Assamese Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.assamese.apk
TouchPal Bengali Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.bengali.apk
TouchPal BoomText Pack Laugh Fly – com.cootek.smartinputv5.boomtextv2.keyboard_boomtext_laugh_fly.apk
TouchPal BoomText Pack Love – com.cootek.smartinputv5.boomtextv2.keyboard_boomtext_lovev2.apk
TouchPal Burmese Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.burmese.apk
TouchPal Englishgb Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.englishgb.apk
TouchPal Englishus Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.englishus.apk
TouchPal French Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.french.apk
TouchPal Fun – com.cootek.smartinputv5.oem.apk
TouchPal German Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.german.apk
TouchPal Greek Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.greek.apk
TouchPal Gujarati Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.gujarati.apk
TouchPal Hindi Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.hindi.apk
TouchPal Hungarian Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.hungarian.apk
TouchPal Indonesian Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.indonesian.apk
TouchPal Keyboard – com.cootek.smartinputv5.apk
TouchPal Korean Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.korean.apk
TouchPal Marathi Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.marathi.apk
TouchPal Persian Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.persian.apk
TouchPal Polish Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.polish.apk
TouchPal Pro –
TouchPal Russian Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.russian.apk
TouchPal SkinPack Black Gold –
TouchPal SkinPack Black Key –
TouchPal SkinPack Blue Balloon –
TouchPal SkinPack Blue Rain –
TouchPal SkinPack BlueMachine –
TouchPal SkinPack Bright Yogurt –
TouchPal SkinPack Candy Icecream Pink –
TouchPal SkinPack Coffee –
TouchPal SkinPack Cool V5 –
TouchPal SkinPack Dark Glass –
TouchPal SkinPack Doodle Memo –
TouchPal SkinPack Easter Egg – Rainbow –
TouchPal SkinPack Fall –
TouchPal SkinPack FreshGreen –
TouchPal SkinPack Gold –
TouchPal SkinPack Greyish White –
TouchPal SkinPack Halloween –
TouchPal SkinPack I’m TouchPal –
TouchPal SkinPack IcyBlue –
TouchPal SkinPack Jack-O-Lanterns –
TouchPal SkinPack Kraft –
TouchPal SkinPack Lemon Tree –
TouchPal SkinPack Love Chocolate –
TouchPal SkinPack Love Heartbeat –
TouchPal SkinPack Luxury Diamond –
TouchPal SkinPack Magic Love for Boy –
TouchPal SkinPack Magic Love for Girl –
TouchPal SkinPack Mechanical Keyboard Pink –
TouchPal SkinPack Neon Blue –
TouchPal SkinPack Pink Sexy Panther –
TouchPal SkinPack Pop Art Aqua –
TouchPal SkinPack Purple Butterfly –
TouchPal SkinPack Sakura Spring –
TouchPal SkinPack Simple Love –
TouchPal SkinPack Smartisan –
TouchPal SkinPack Spring Garden –
TouchPal SkinPack Stamp –
TouchPal SkinPack Sweet Candy –
TouchPal SkinPack Technology –
TouchPal SkinPack Vanilla –
TouchPal SkinPack Watermelon –
TouchPal SkinPack XMAS –
TouchPal SkinPack Zoo Giraffe –
TouchPal Sticker Pack Boom Text – com.cootek.smartinputv5.sticker.keyboard_sticker_boom_text.apk
TouchPal Sticker Pack Gold Emoji – com.cootek.smartinputv5.sticker.keyboard_sticker_gold_emoji.apk
TouchPal Sticker Pack Happy Emoji – com.cootek.smartinputv5.sticker.keyboard_sticker_happy_emoji.apk
TouchPal Sticker Pack Lovely Cat – com.cootek.smartinputv5.sticker.keyboard_sticker_lovely_cat_word.apk
TouchPal StickerPack Big Emoji – com.cootek.smartinputv5.sticker.keyboard_sticker_yellow_face.apk
TouchPal StickerPack Party – com.cootek.smartinputv5.sticker.keyboard_sticker_party.apk
TouchPal Stock – com.cootek.smartinputv5.freeoem.apk
TouchPal Tagalog Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.tagalog.apk
TouchPal Tamil Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.tamil.apk
TouchPal Turkish Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.turkish.apk
TouchPal Urdu Pack – com.cootek.smartinputv5.language.v5.urdu.apk
TWEmoji – com.cootek.smartinputv5.emoji.twemoji.apk
Twinkle Minny Bowknot –
Valentine Day –
Vallpaper –
Vampire Bats –
Vigour –
Walking Tracker –
Water Droplets –
Water Screen –
Winter –
Wolves –
Wood Physical Keyboard –
Zombie Skull Graffiti –

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