Uninstall this Android app that brought you malware instead of Netflix

In what it is it becomes repetitive ritual, Google removed the dirty Android malware app from the Google Play store. This time it’s the culprit FlixOnline, a malicious application that lured people by pretending to offer them free Netflix access. His expulsion from the Play Store is great, but it is up to you to remove it from your device if you wish were managed to take over at any time.

Although most Lifehacker readers were probably smart enough to avoid app professionalstables – two months of free Netflix for absolutely nothing! – I see that this resin completely affects many people who, affected by a case of pandemic negligence, simply sought something else for quarantine. Well, spoiler: There is no easy way to achieve Netflix for free (not even from Netflix itself).

If you have installed the FlixOnline app in hopes of getting a stream The Queen’s gambit at no cost, you were wrong. Instead, by approval permissions for the “Overlay”, “Ignore battery optimization” and “Notification” app gave it everything it needed to do to get fake apps to sign in to legitimate apps, run forever, and access all (or respond to) notifications of devices. And if you have WhatsApp installed, the situation gets even worse, as well Check Point Research describes:

“Check Point Research (CPR) recently discovered malware on Google Play hidden in a fake app that can spread via user WhatsApp messages. If a user has downloaded a fake application and inadvertently granted the malware the appropriate permissions, the malware can automatically respond to incoming victim payload WhatsApp messages received from the management and administration (C&C) server. This unique method could allow threat actors to distribute phishing attacks, spread false information or steal credentials and data from WhatsApp user accounts and more.

You you probably remember whether you installed the FlixOnline app or not – you’d probably do it in the last few months. If you have, so do youve ruIn that case, it may not appear in your app tray due to its ability to hide its own icon. Instead, cit is the equivalent of your device Settings> Applications and notifications> Application information to remove it (your Android specific path may vary).

You will also want to change passwords for everyone applications and services you use on your device, just in case. That is especially true if it is had to report u (or log in again u) in any of your applications or services at the time since you installed FlixOnline. Finally, use this as an instructive moment and focus on improvement your safety habits going forward. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is; if you are unsure, quickly Web search is usually all you need to do figure out if an app is legitimate or incredibly suspicious.