Android users – stay alert. Xavier has infected over 800 free apps in the Play Store and has now been downloaded millions of times.

What is Xavier? This is an item that is linked to free apps that allow you to show your ads so that app developers can make money on them. At first glance it looks harmless, but since its inception, our naughty Xavier has evolved to a more dangerous and elusive form ever since. Trend Micro security experts claim that nowadays malicious software is capable of avoiding detection, tampering with source code and stealing data. Through its ability to mask presence, Xavier has been programmed to collect user data such as email addresses, phone owner data, model, software version, screen resolution, network operator in which we are and information on installed programs on the phone. Mostly affected are applications that are photo editors and wallpapers.

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The largest number of infected applications have been downloaded in Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia, but the problem, though to a lesser extent, has also been missed in Europe and the United States. This is another case in recent months when Play Store apps are infected. Previously infected in March 100 apps in the Store, then in May over 36 million devices working on Android were victims of malicious software called Judy. Is there anything to fear? Certainly yes, especially if we value our privacy. Most likely, this is not the software that will destroy our phone, but with recent incidents, it is worth considering. How can we protect ourselves? There are many antivirus programs for smartphones, but in my opinion the simplest solutions are often the best – let's just download the proven applications we are sure of – verified developers are concerned about the quality of their programs. Let's keep an eye out for updates and avoid getting things that are rather unrecognizable, especially if they do not have too many reviews. Do we really need another wallpaper pack or diamond-shamed game of knowing how many similar apps are more popular and virus-free? Source: phonearena