Millions of android users are warned to beware of the new malware called ‘Agent Smith’ which sneakily replaces all your apps. Over 25 million devices across the world have already been infected with the malware.
The malware was named as ‘Agent Smith’ after Hugo Weaving’s character from The Matrix, and it is believed to be spreading at ‘alarming rates.’
A major Cybersecurity firm confirmed that over 25 million devices have been infected and many of these android users are not even aware of malware.
The malware accesses the device’s resources by replacing the user-trusted apps which creates endless possibilities of the theft.
Experts suggest the malware could be used for far more intrusive and harmful purposes such as theft of banking credentials and emails and more.
The malware is believed to be hidden inside the content when users download apps from third-party app stores, as they often lack effective security measures required to block such malwares.
Experts suggest the most affected apps are free games and adult entertainment apps. The Agent Smith malware is even capable of replicating popular apps like Whatsapp, web browser Opera among others.
Once infected, Agent Smith will scour the device for other apps while replacing the apps with a cloned version. It is estimated that the malware is capable of cloning around 112 apps on an average.
In case your device is infected with the Agent Smith malware here’s how to remove it.
- Go to Settings
- Click on Apps or Application manager
- Look for ‘suspected app’ and uninstall it
- It you are unable to spot that, remove all recently installed apps
- Go to Settings
- Scroll to ‘Safari’
- Ensure that ‘block pop ups’ is selected
- Go to Advanced ‘website data’
- If you come across any unrecognized sites, delete it.