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These Android apps will STEAL your bank info and send fake texts – uninstall them now.

ANDROID phone owners need to immediately check their smartphones for dangerous apps.

Cybersecurity experts have revealed a long list of malicious apps that can steal your bank info – and have been installed by tens of thousands of users.

 Examples of fake apps that can steal your info were revealed by security experts at ESET


Examples of fake apps that can steal your info were revealed by security experts at ESET.

Tech security firm ESET says all of the apps have now been removed from the Google Play Store, but phone users will need to delete them manually.

The dangerous apps "masquerade" as device boosters and cleaners, battery managers and horoscope apps – but they're actually eleborate hacking tools.

"Malware authors keep testing the vigilance of Android users by sneaking disguised mobile banking Trojans into the Google Play Store," wrote ESET's Lukas Stefanko.

"They can intercept and redirect text messages to bypass SMS-based two-factor authentication, intercept call logs, and download and install other apps on the compromised device."

By sending and receiving texts from your device, it's possible for hackers to gain access to almost any of your web accounts.

This could put your social media profiles, banking apps and gaming accounts at risk.

When the apps are launched, they display a fake error message that says they've been removed because of incompatibility with your device.

The app will then hide itself, or sometimes pretend to function normally.

But behind the scenes, the app will send and read text messages, impersonate banking apps, and even download and install other applications.

How to stay safe

According to ESET, it's possible to fix your issues by simply uninstalling the apps.

You can do this by heading to Settings > General > Application manager / Apps.

However, if any third-party services have been compromised, you'll need to change your passwords on those accounts manually.

It's worth checking your bank for suspicious transactions too

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