These Popular Android Apps Have Been Marked as Malware by India’s Government


India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has blacklisted quite a number of apps on Android’s Google Play Store that it terms as either Malware or Spyware. It is not entirely surprising that majority of these apps are well-known apps that come from Chinese companies. Although the Indian ministry has not released the criteria they used to label these apps as Malware or Spyware, some of these apps have been blacklisted before by other organizations as well.

If you are wondering what the big crime is, well these apps collect data from your smartphone and send it to remote servers. Some of the information collected is considered private, including your phone number, IMEI, location and which other apps you’re using.

Well, here are all the apps that have been blacklisted by India’s government:

  1. Weibo
  2. WeChat
  3. SHAREit –  Transfer & Share
  4. Truecaller
  5. UC News (Only available in certain regions)
  6. UC Browser
  7. BeautyPlus – Easy Photo Editor
  8. NewsDog
  9. Viva Video
  10. Parallel Space
  11. Apus Browser
  12. YouCam Perfect – Seflie Photo Editor
  13. YouCam Makeup – Magic Selfie Makeovers
  14. Virus Cleaner – Antivirus, Booster
  15. CM Browser
  16. Mi Community – Xiaomi Forum
  17. DU Recorder – Screen Recorder, Video Editor, Live
  18. Vault-Hide SMS,Pics & Videos,App Lock,Cloud backup
  19. Mi Store (Only available on Xiaomi devices)
  20. CacheCleaner – DU Speed Booster (booster & cleaner)
  21. DU Battery Saver – Battery Charger & Battery Life
  22. DU Cleaner Memory cleaner & clean phone cache
  23. DU Privacy
  24. 360 Security
  25. DU Browser
  26. Clean Master – Space Cleaner & Antivirus
  27. Baidu Translate
  28. Baidu Map (Only available in certain regions)

Aside from, Baidu Translate and the other region-specific apps, all the other apps have more than 10 Million installs with some boasting of the possibility of 1 Billion installations. If you have been using any of the apps above, best start looking for alternatives.


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